Cairo shook off Wednesday’s blowout loss to Valdosta and dominated Albany with an 11-0 win in five innings on Thursday.
The Syrupmakers jumped to a 5-0 lead in the first inning after Cage Cox led off with a double, Tyler Dalton reached on an error and Bailey Lewis doubled to bring them home. After a few walks, Brick Kinni brought in another two on with a base hit. Cairo scored its final in the first on a passed ball.
The Syrupmakers padded another run in each of the second, third and fourth innings before churning in three in the fifth to secure the mercy rule victory.
Coach Ron Best said the Syrupmakers are starting to notch more timely hits, which posed a problem earlier this season.
“They walked a couple guys and we responded with base hits in those instances,” he said. “We’ve tried our best to become consistent.
Tyler Dalton, the relatively green ace, earned the win from the mound. He pitched all five innings with seven strikeouts while allowing just two hits.
Best said he prefers to win in mercy rule fashion – particularly at this point in the season – because saving arms trumps field repetitions.
“We don’t want tired and/or sore arms in the second half of the season,” he said. “When you have a chance to play a shortened game, it’s fantastic. The fewer innings, the better.”
Cairo advances to 5-8 on the season, but more importantly, remains undefeated in the region with a 4-0 record.
The Syrupmakers play their third game in as many days on Friday against Americus-Sumter.