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April 11, 2014

Cairo scores seventh mercy rule win of season


The Syrupmakers are playing with the postseason on their minds.

Cairo scored its seventh mercy rule win of the season in Friday’s 13-0 road rout of Albany.

The score, however, was not an indication of Cairo’s early start, coach Ron Best said. The Syrupmakers scored a run in each of the first four innings before bringing home nine in the final two.

“It took us a couple times to get through the order, but later on, we timed their pitcher better and seemed to have better at bats,” Best said. “And when you’ve got Tyler [Dalton] pitching as well as he was and our guys playing good defense, your offense can sometimes wait.”

Speaking of, Dalton pitched a complete game shutout while allowing just three hits. The defense behind him accounted for no errors.

Best said the pretext for Cairo’s mid-to-late season success has been identity awareness.

“We’re not an offensive juggernaut and we know that,” Best said. “[Defense] is something we work on constantly. ... We try to focus on that more because we know we’re not going to score nine or ten runs a game.

“It’s something we’ve emphasized particularly with this team this year, and they’ve bought in.”

Take away a last-minute loss to Thomas County Central on Wednesday, and Cairo is riding a four-game win streak.

 The Syrupmakers have just five games remaining this season, including a pair of tilts against the top seeds in the region: Crisp County and Worth County.

Though the No. 1 seed for the state tournament is unlikely, Cairo (10-11, 9-2) has a very good chance of stealing away the second spot from Worth.

“We’re kind of on a road to a showdown,” Best said of the April 22 match-up, which will be at home. “That’s our goal and we’re going to keep working toward it.”

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