CAIRO — Three area baseball teams are in action on Friday.
Cairo at Americus-Sumter:
Cairo coach Ron Best has been as adamant as any coach that region games rank paramount.
That mentality has manifested into Cairo’s undefeated 4-0 record in 1-AAAA this year despite a 5-8 mark overall.
“Our track record the last seven years has been first or second place [in the region] and we’re doing our best to keep that streak going,” Best said.
Cairo plays its third game in three days when it treks to Americus-Sumter on Friday.
The last meeting between these two was practically over before it started. The Syrupmakers scored 14 runs in the first three innings with a pair of homeruns from Cage Cox, and another from Bailey Lewis. Americus mustered a score in the fourth, but the game was called due to the mercy rule in the fifth.
“We’d like to go up there and have a similar game,” Best said. “We’d like to get momentum going our way to begin with, and if that happens, hopefully we’ll get in a groove and be able to score enough runs to win the game.”
Best said he plans to employ a “Johnny Holstaff” pitching strategy, meaning he’s slated two or three aces for Friday spread over a few innings each.
“It’s kind of like we’re going to pitch our whole staff,” Best said. “It just depends on how guys are feeling tomorrow. We’ve got guys that are not necessarily overpowering, but can go out and throw strikes.”
The JV game begins at 5:30 p.m., and the Varsity squads will follow.
Seminole County at Thomasville:
Though this is a non-region game, coach Erik McDougald is treating it otherwise given that it will be next year.
“That’s in the back of our heads,” he said. “We’ve got to be thinking that we’re going to be seeing these guys in a game with stakes this time next year.”