CAIRO — The longest in-season break for the Cairo Syrupmakers baseball team couldn't come at a better time, says coach Chad Parkerson.

“We need a little time off. It's just that time of the season where everybody's hitting that grind,” Parkerson said. 

Cairo lost a non-region game 3-0 to North Florida Christian School on Tuesday. But it won't play again until next Tuesday.

“We'll have a few days to relax and let the kids be kids a little bit and get a little time to spend with the family and get away from it and hopefully, we'll recharge our batteries,” Parkerson said. “I like to let them have a few days to hang out at the house and go enjoy some family time. Honestly, I like to do the same. When we come back, it's time to go to work. I like a little family time every now and then.”

If Cairo returns recharged and refocused as much as it was the first half of the season, a Region 1-AAAA title could be in its future. The Syrupmakers are 13-4 and are already 8-1 in region play. But they still have a three-game series with Monroe next week and then with Thomas County Central to end the season.

“We can control our own destiny. That's all you want. You don't want to have to depend on anybody to dictate anything. We can do whatever we want to do,” Parkerson said. “We need to play well. We've got Monroe next week and Chiles (Fla.) on Wednesday, and then Monroe in a doubleheader. I know it sounds cliché but we just need to take it one pitch, one out, one inning, one game at a time, don't look too far ahead.”

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