Cairo led 2-0 until the final inning but allowed a game-tying two in the seventh and another in the eighth while going scoreless.
Cairo has endured a pair of games decided by two runs or less this season, and coach Ron Best knows that could be the case again on Friday.
Best attributed the Americus pitchers to “not walk a lot of guys” while keeping the score low. He acknowledged that hits are going to be vital to keep Americus honest.
But the plate has been the primary struggle for the Syrupmakers this season. Best’s bunch loaded the bases three times on Tuesday but could only muster the two runs.
“Usually that’s a good sign, but that’s only the case if you can score five or six runs off that,” Best said.
Cairo has worked extensively on offensive improvement since the start of the season, with much help from Mother Nature. It’s batting cage is covered opposed to others, and with the recent series of rainfalls, the Syrupmakers have spent more time than usual in the cage.
“The rain has been a curse and blessing in that regard,” Best said. “It gives us a little extra BP, which is beginning to show.”
Friday’s forecast calls for no rain by first pitch, but an early shower could force postponement. Best estimates he’ll have a decision to play or not by 1 p.m.
Early County at Thomasville
Friday’s game between the Bulldogs and Bobcats has already been pushed back due to weather.
The regional tilt will take place on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Thomas University’s Varnedoe Field with conditions too swampy at the THS baseball complex.
The venue shift has also postponed Thomasville’s Military Appreciation Night, which will now take place during next Friday’s game against Brooks County.