Cairo was just a tad too late on Saturday.
The Syrupmakers shaved two runs off in the seventh inning but couldn’t overcome Thomas County Central’s four run lead and fell 5-3.
“Of course, you can’t expect to score four runs in one inning, especially the last,” Cairo coach Ron Best said. “We had a couple guys out there in scoring position a few times and didn’t get them around.”
The Yellow Jackets had a pair of two run innings in the third and fourth to take a 5-1 lead after Cairo scored in the first.
Central outfielder Jonathan Robinson, who pitched a gem in the Yellow Jackets’ 15-0 over Brooks County on Thursday, knocked in an RBI then reached second on a stolen base before scoring on a wild pitch two batters later.
Other than a few untimely miscues, both teams played stout defense on Saturday.
Central outfielder Nick Taliaferro had a pair of acrobatic catches, and Cairo picked off a runner in the sixth inning and also had a double play.
Central’s pitching remained sturdy despite allowing its first runs of the season. Peyton Singletary was on the mound all six innings, where he threw four strikeouts and 16 first pitch strikes.
“Peyton pretty much controlled us the whole game,” Best said. “He doesn’t blow anybody away, but he’s very smart. He outsmarted our hitters and threw his pitches where he wanted to.”
Cairo remains winless, but Best is confident they can rebound quickly for their home constest on Tuesday against Valdosta.
Central is off to a hot start this season at 3-0, and coach Chad Parkerson is excited about what he’s seen from a relatively young squad – one that’s also missing star centerfielder Adam Choice with an injury.
The Yellow Jackets will be back in action on Tuesday against Cook.
“We’re going to continue to be aggressive,” Parkerson said. “You can’t play this game passive.”