THOMASVILLE -- Friday night's Region 1-AAAA baseball duel between Cairo and Thomas County Central was simple.

The Yellow Jackets made the plays.

The Syrupmakers did not.

Central scored three insurance runs in the sixth inning to roll past Cairo 6-2.

Things appeared positive though, for the Syrupmakers in the top of the third inning. With the game tied 1-1, Cairo had Todd Anderson on third base and Mark Gainous on second base and nobody out. Pitcher Bryan Gainous was at the plate.

Gainous popped the pitch up to shallow right field, where Central's Russell Orr made the catch.

Cairo head coach Tommy York sent Anderson from third, forcing a play at the plate.

Orr, however, was up to the challenge and, he fired the ball to the plate. Catcher Dean McDermond applied the tag for the out.

"That was big because it went from second and third and no outs, to a man on third and two outs," Central head coach Scott Brown said.

York had no regrets about sending the runner.

"That's a play that I'm going to make happen," York said.

Cairo's miscues continued later in the inning as Gainous was picked off at third base and thrown out at the plate.

The defensive gems continued in the fifth inning for the Yellow Jackets. The Syrupmakers' Daniel Womble hit a sharp grounder in the hole at second base. Central second baseman Nolan King darted over, caught the ball sliding to the ground, and then fired a strike to first base for the put out.

"He got rid of it in a hurry," Brown said. "We're making the plays we're supposed to make. That's the biggest thing."

Brown gave alot of credit to his pitcher Cole Parrish.

"Cole threw us a lot of ground balls," Brown said. "He placed the ball well today."

The Yellow Jackets also got a couple of big hits at key times off Cairo's ace.

After Jordee Williford reached on an error in the third inning, Brandon Walden laid a perfect bunt down the third-base line that no one could get to. Then McDermond stepped in and hit an opposite-field triple just inside the right-field line, scoring two runs.

Parrish helped himself in the sixth inning by dropping in a bloop double in left field, scoring an important insurance run.

"We had a couple of timely hits," Brown said.

"You got to give them credit for making the plays when they had to," York said.

York still has confidence in his team as it prepares for a doubleheader with Ware County next week.

"We're just a few plays here and there, from being where we want to be," York said.

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