Cairo has endured an ebb and flow season with the daunting, ten-run mercy rule.
The Syrupmakers have dished out four and sustained two, including Tuesday’s 14-3 loss to Crisp County– its first region defeat of the season.
Cairo fell behind 2-0 in the first inning then allowed another four in the second, one in the third, two in the fourth and five in the fifth to fall in mercy rule fashion.
The Syrupmakers mustered their three runs in the final inning but it was too little, too late.
“We said after the firs that we wanted to get rid of the zero,” Cairo coach Ron Best said. “It’s always nice to get at least one run on the board in any situation. That’s a bit of a silver lining, but it was way too short.”
Bailey Lewis and Emery Hancock split mound duties on Tuesday, and allowed a combined 12 hits. But that didn’t frustrate Best as much as the 13 walks.
“They wouldn’t swing the bat at bad pitches,” Best said of Crisp. “We didn’t throw strikes when we needed to. And when we did, they were able to hit the ball real well.”
Best, known for not reflecting long on a loss, said his team left everything on the field on Tuesday, and will show up for Wednesday’s practice focused on Thursday’s region tilt with Worth County.
“There’s nothing to be learned from losing 14-3,” he said. “We know that as a team, we’ve got to shake it off and be ready for Thursday.”
Cairo (6-9, 5-1), on the heels of losing its first region game of the year, takes on a Worth County team that has yet to lose in 1-AAAA games.