Berrien held off a four-run Cairo charge in the seventh inning to hold onto a 6-4 victory in the penultimate game of Thomasville’s three-day Bulldog Brawl.
Cairo looked to be on the brink of a shut having mustered just three hits heading into the seventh inning. But the Syrupmakers showed resiliency, and quickly loaded the bases with a trifecta of singles capped by Palmer Forgay, who narrowly beat out an infield grounder.
Silas Bell followed with a fielder’s choice to finally put Cairo on the board with the help of an error, then leadoff batter Drew Levertte and Harley Ponder each ripped RBI base hits to bring home another pair. Three-hole batter Koby Pyrz would strike out an at bat later, but a wild pitch moved runners to second and third.
Berrien then walked the next two batters, Hunter Miller and Jesse
Miller, which loaded the bases and brought in a freebie. Berrien rebounded to secure the win with a called strikeout on Brick Kinni.
“It was just too little, too late,” Cairo coach Ron Best said. “I was proud of the guys that the kept a little fight in us. As hot as it is, it’s easy to get down but we didn’t do that. We had a chance there at the end but just couldn’t get quite enough going.”
“It happens,” Best said. “It’s high school ball and we’ve got kids maybe that aren’t used to playing this or that particular position. [We] played a doubleheader yesterday, a doubleheader today, it’s hot – all that affects high school age kids. Getting used to playing like this can be tough from time to time. You’ve just got to cover that up with base hits and runs.”
Berrien continued its surge in the seventh with back-to-back doubles off the right and left field walls by Cody Fender and Calob Rolland, respectively. After an ensuing walk to load the bases, Cairo center fielder Chase Dean prevented a score with an impressive catch and cutoff throw to hold runners at their bases.