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February 27, 2014

Syrupmakers seek first win vs. Early County

THOMASVILLE —

Coach Ron Best is well aware the Syrupmakers have a goose egg staring them down in the win column.

Cairo sits at 0-3 through the first week of the season but the Syrupmakers have an opportunity to notch their first victory in Friday’s road tilt with Early County.

The Bobcats also remain winless, and have lost their four games by a combined 39-2.

“I haven’t done too much scouting of them but I expect them to show up and be competitive,” Best said.

Cairo has been moderate from the plate, but Best believes there is much room for improvement.The Syrupmakers averaging just under three runs per game, and Best would like to bolster that by a few to keep Cairo in line with the competition as it eyes the start of region competition next Friday.

“We’ve just got to get our base hits in more timely opportunities,” Best said. “When you think about a 1-run loss, in my mind, there are always one or two at bats or pitches that could’ve turned the game in our favor. All competitive coaches will tell you that.”

Cairo pitching has also been adequate with the exception of Tuesday’s 12-2 loss to Valdosta. Granted, the Wildcats are flexing an offensive juggernaut this season that will be tough for any team to stop.

Valdosta has churned in a combined 37 runs this season (including scrimmages), and blasted three homeruns in the first inning against the Syrupmakers.

Best added that he’s not a coach that likes to “learn from losses” and that he instills a mentality in players to focus on key aspects of games rather than the defeat itself.

“Your grandma will tell you how good you played for five or ten minutes after a loss and we’ll walk away feeling on top of the world. But as a coach, I can’t do that because that’s not in me or in my competitive personality,” Best said.

Following Friday’s game against Early County, the Syrupmakers will be off until Tuesday’s tilt with Bainbridge at home. Cairo opens region play in next Friday’s doubleheader against Southland Academy.

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