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March 5, 2014

Cairo blows late lead; falls to Bainbridge

THOMASVILLE —

Two Bainbridge runs in the seventh inning, and another in the eighth gave the Bearcats a come-from-behind, 3-2 victory over Cairo on Tuesday.

The Syrupmakers held a 2-0 lead for the bulk of the game behind sound pitching from Tyler Dalton, who threw the opening five.

Cairo was also formidable from the plate with a season high 11 hits. Timing, however, remains an issue, coach Ron Best said. The Syrupmakers loaded the bases three times but could only muster two runs.

“It was by far our best offensive game of the year, but we could nail down those more timely hits to bring runners around when we needed to,” Best said.

Myles Knight, Brick Kinny and Cage Cox each had two hits, and the latter pitched the final three innings.

Tuesday’s tilt was not only the first extra innings game the Syrupmakers have endured the season, but also the first decided by a single score.

“You love to win those one-run games. That’s true baseball right there – pitching, defense and very strategic hitting,” Best said. “[Bainbridge] was just able to shift momentum from us and we couldn’t get it back.”

Cairo continues region play in Friday’s home doubleheader against Southland Academy. Best noted it could be postponed if rain dampens the field too much.

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