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March 11, 2014

Cairo baseball riding first win streak of season

THOMASVILLE —

They look like a whole different ball team.

The Cairo Syrupmakers won their second game in a row and remained undefeated in region play with a 5-1 victory over Westover on Tuesday.

Cairo jumped to a 1-0 lead in the first, and Westover responded with a score in the third. The Syrupmakers then padded another three in the bottom of that inning on the heels of a two RBI double from Tyler Dalton, and an RBI single by Hunter Miller. Dalton finished with a pair of hits and RBIs, Palmer Forgay had two singles and two runs scored, and Cage Cox also had two basehits.

Emory Hancock earned the win from the mound, and allowed just one hit and one run over five innings pitched.

Dalton pitched a scoreless sixth inning, and Cox closed out the seventh.

“It feels very good. We’re trying to continue to improve and it’s showing,” Cairo coach Ron Best said. “The last four games, we’ve played really well. Hopefully we’ve shaken the winter off, and maybe we’ll play better as the weather gets warmer.”

Cairo put together one of its most sound performances of the season on Tuesday, and appeared to have ditched its early offensive woes. The Syrupmakers are not only hitting consistently, but they’re also surging the bases, and added another five stolen bags on Tuesday to go with their six last Thursday against Americus-Sumter.

Cairo will play arguably its biggest game of the season in a rivalry tilt with Thomasville on Thursday. The Syrupmakers will then look to remain undefeated in region play with a Friday contest against Dougherty.

“In the end, that’s all that matters as far as playoffs are concerned,” Best said. “You want to win them all, but our main focus is to do what’s best for Cairo, and that’s to win region games.”

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