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April 1, 2014

Cairo scores fifth mercy rule win of season

THOMASVILLE —

Cairo wrapped its spring break stint with a 13-2, mercy rule win over Monroe on Tuesday, piggybacking its 8-2 victory over Westover on Monday.

The Syrupmakers again churned the bases with 11 steals to total 20 in the pair of games early this week.

“Sometimes we play teams that present a little more opportunity to do that,” Cairo coach Ron Best said of his team’s aggressiveness on the bases. “We have the foot speed to do so, so when we get a chance to take advantage of it, we often do.”

Best also attributed his atypical lineup as a major contributor. His leadoff hitter, Cage Cox, is also the team’s power bat with a .415 average and a team-high three homeruns this season.

Cox, who had four RBIs in Tuesday’s win, is just a sophomore with much upside, Best said. He’s also been an eccentric leader – one whose disposition favors humor over aggression.

“He’s more of a jokester than a stern leader, but in a lot of ways, as a coach, that’s the kind of leadership you want to see – not really letting situations get too far out of reach while keeping it in grasp,” Best said. “He’s a fun kid to coach.”

With its pair of mid-week, non-region games in the books, Cairo will resume its spring break and return to the diamond next Tuesday for a regional match against Dougherty – a team it defeated 25-0 on March 14.

Speaking of, Tuesday’s win marked the fifth mercy rule victory the Syrupmakers have manifested this year, a statistic that always evokes a smile from the coach.

“It was nice to have a brain break of not being in school. It kept our minds on what we’re supposed to do,” Best said.

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