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April 14, 2014

'Dogs down 'Makers in battle of defense

AUGUSTA —

Josh Milam’s RBI double in the sixth inning catapulted Thomasville to a 4-0 win over Cairo, giving the Bulldogs a season sweep of the Syrupmakers.

Milam, pinch hitting in the nine-hole, brought home Chapman O’Quinn and Morgan Meyers with a swift swing amid the crisp South Georgia night.

Thomasville had scored twice that inning when Meyers beat out an infield grounder that brought home Oren King, then drew a walk with the bases loaded.

Other than the few fireworks the Bulldogs lit in the sixth inning, Monday’s match was a quiet one from the plate.

Thomasville had no hits to that point, and Cairo had just three overall, two of which came from leadoff shortstop Cage Cox, who is batting above .400.

Both teams relied heavily on performances from the hill. 

Matthew Green, who pitched for Thomasville in its last meeting with Cairo on March 13, tossed all seven innings.

“Really, we were only trying to get him in for three or four innings, but he ended up pitching really well, so we stuck with him,” said Brice Warner, who was filling in for Erik McDougald as head coach on Monday. “He was lights out the whole game.”

Best added that he thought his ace, Bailey Lewis, pitched his best game of the season, but added that a lack of plate adjustments was the determining factor.

“We had scoring opportunities, but weren’t able to make the adjustments at the plate to [Green], who we’ve seen before,” Best said. “We just weren’t able/willing to make the adjustment needed.”

Yet to that point, both squads played fundamentally sound in the field.

Bulldogs shortstop Payton Dixon made a polished throw to earn the third out of the fourth innng.

Cairo center fielder Brick Kinni had back-to-back leaping snags in the outfield during the middle stages.

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