CAIRO — Caison Faircloth continues to be the strikeout machine for the Cairo Syrupmakers. But as dominant as the senior has been on the mound, Cairo coach Chad Parkerson may be most proud with his control.

Faircloth's dominance was on display again Tuesday night as the Syrupmakers knocked off the Westover Patriots 5-2 in a key Region 1-AAAA tilt.

Faircloth struck out 14 and allowed just six hits in seven innings with zero walks.

“Strikeouts are great for pitchers to pile up, but you just want to make people earn things,” Parkerson said. “When you walk them, they're always safe. You want to at least give us a chance. All of our pitchers have really done a good job with that so far. Caison has done a really good job and continues to do a really good job.”

Faircloth threw 103 pitches, and 79 were called for strikes.

He leads the team with 39 innings pitched and has issued just six walks. Faircloth has compiled a 3-0 record and 0.81 ERA with a team-high 65 strikeouts. He has stepped up to anchor the Syrupmakers' pitching staff.

“You want to always build off success,” Parkerson said. “We've been really fortunate and had some really good players. We won some ballgames. The guys that are there, they want to carry the torch. That's what you want in a program. I'm just really proud of the guys.”

Cairo led 3-0 on Tuesday before a two-run sixth propelled Westover back into the game. But the Syrupmakers scored two more in the sixth to cap the win.

Ethan Godwin and JW Knight each had two hits for Cairo. Will Prince, Godwin, Conner Morrell and Ricky Walker each recorded RBIs for the Syrupmakers.

Cairo (10-3) will play at Colquitt County on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. It'll also play at Westover in a doubleheader on Friday, beginning at 4:30 p.m.

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