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March 15, 2014

Cairo routed day after scoring 25

THOMASVILLE —

 Cairo was the victim of a mercy rule defeat to Leon  less than 24 hours after delivering one to Dougherty.

The Syrupmakers were ousted, 10-0, in six innings on Saturday despite matching the Lions with seven hits.

“We actually didn’t swing the bat too bad,” Cairo coach Ron Best said. “We just needed a few more timely hits. ... They have a real good team and a good pitcher, and our defense kind of fell apart today.”

The Syrupmakers, who have played sound defense since the start of the season, accounted for an uncharacteristic four errors on Saturday.

“That was the difference between today and yesterday,” Best said.

Pitching was also subpar.

The oft-reliable Bailey Lewis threw four innings and allowed five runs. Cage Cox threw an inning in the fifth, and was relieved by Brick Kinni in the sixth.

Despite the mercy rule defeat, Cairo only missed what would’ve been the final inning of at bats.

The Syrupmakers are off until Tuesday’s home tilt with region foe Albany.

“We’ll have a nice Sunday and kind of stay away from this one for a day,” Best said. “We’ll show up Monday and focus on one game at a time. We’re still on track with our season goals of making the playoffs. We just need to take the good things we did today and build on that.”

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