Cairo capped its region season with yet another mercy rule win – its eighth of the season in 25 games.
The Syrupmakers ousted Monroe, 15-4, in just over four innings on Friday; finishing the season as the No. 3 seed in 1-AAAA.
“When we face a team that we are, in most people’s minds, supposed to beat, we’ve done it very consistently and very well,” Cairo coach Ron Best said. “You still have to go out and play the game, but this has been one of those years where we haven’t had a slip up in one of those games.”
Cairo gameplanned three pitchers – Emery Hancock, Cage Cox and Brick Kinni – into its mold from the mound. The trio tossed nine strikeouts while allowing just five hits.
The Syrupmakers also relied on a timely offense, which accounted for just eight hits in spite of 15 runs scored.
So where did all the run manufacturing stem from?
“Execution,” Best said.
Cairo had three sacrifice flies and three sacrifice bunts, including a successful squeeze.
“If there’s a situation where we’ve got a runner on third base and no outs, guys know that we’ve got to get that runner home somehow.”
Tyler Dalton had two singles and a double that manifested four RBIs; Cox’s two doubles brought home three runs and Hunter Miller brought home a pair with a double and single.
Cairo takes on Bainbridge on Saturday in a make-up game from a rainout earlier this season, then will travel as the No. 3 seed in the first round of the state tournament next week.