Cairo certainly didn’t look like a team that hadn’t stepped foot on the field in over a week.
The Syrupmakers notched their sixth mercy rule win of the season in Tuesday’s 11-0 rout of Dougherty.
Cairo, which returned from spring break this week, was hindered in Monday’s practice due to heavy showers, but played like a team in postseason form.
“Obviously, it’s nice to come out without a day of practice in over a week and get a win no matter how you’re able to do it,” Cairo coach Ron Best said. “To do so in the manner we did is very encouraging.”
The Syrupmakers scored 11 runs on just five hits, which Best said is evidence that the team is seizing timely at bats – something the team struggled with during its 1-5 start to the season.
“We’re putting the ball in play at times we need to,” Best said. “Our guys are taking advantages of opportunities when they have the chance to score.”
Cairo manifested two runs in the first inning, three in the second and six in the fourth before the game was called in the fifth.
Tyler Dalton was the only Syrupmaker to notch multiple hits with a pair of base hits and four RBIs.
Emery Hancock, who pitched four innings with four strikeouts and one hit allowed, earned the win from the mound.
Brick Kinni got the save by striking out the side in the fifth.
Cairo (9-10, 8-2), which currently retains the No. 3 seed in 1-AAAA, has all but secured a spot in the postseason. And though Crisp County has likely secured the top spot, Best believes his unit can still make a run at Worth County for the No. 2 seed.
“We’re comfortable with our chances,” he said. “The fact that we’re in the playoffs now is a good accomplishment for this team this year. We’re now just fighting for seeding.”
Cairo returns to the diamond on Wednesday in a rivalry tilt with Thomas County Central, a team it fell to, 5-3, on Feb. 22.
“Because that game feels like a season ago, there’s not much we’ll really take away from that game as we head into this one,” Best said. “They’ll be improved, but we’ll be improved also. I expect Chad [Parkerson] to bring in a highly competitive group.”