CAIRO — The offenses were late showing up Saturday. However, the Cairo and Thomasville bats made a bang late at Jackie Robinson Field.

The Syrupmakers used a huge sixth inning to shoot past Thomasville 12-7 after some dominant early pitching.

Cairo lefthander Jeremy Jones silenced the Bulldog bats for three innings, striking out seven of the 10 batters he faced.

“I thought J.J. was hot as a $2 pistol now,” Cairo (7-3) coach Tommy York said. “He was smoking.”

Thomasville (3-7) coach Erik McDougald added: “Especially after striking out on eight of the first nine batters, to even come back and have a chance and plug away like we did, I’m proud of that.”

While Jones was brilliant, Thomasville starter Harrison Gantt was equally effective. Gantt allowed the Syrupmakers just one run through four innings before tiring in his first start of the season. Cairo plated three runs off Gantt in the fifth before he was relieved.

“He did a tremendous job,” McDougald said. “He just got tired.”

Once Gantt left, the flood gates opened for the Syrupmakers. Cairo posted eight runs in the sixth inning to rally from a 7-4 deficit. Five straight Cairo hitters reached base after Mark Coleman struck out with the bases loaded.

“We kept our composure and held in there and got a good win against a good program,” York said.

Thomasville aided the Syrupmakers’ big inning with two defensive miscues. Rightfielder Bryan Wagner dropped a Daniel Broome fly ball and catcher Ben Harreson was unable to corral a Duncan Wilder throw on a possible force out at the plate.

The struggles on defense have been common for the Bulldogs this season, although McDougald was encouraged by his team’s performance Saturday.

“We may make mistakes, but we’re going to bounce back and hope the ball is hit back to us,” McDougald said. “You throw your best punch and we’re going to try to hit back.”

The Bulldogs bounced back against Cairo with a heavy dose of small ball. Thomasville scored twice on squeeze plays.

“We did a pretty good job in that aspect of the game,” McDougald said. “That’s something where we popped up some bunts earlier in the year and missed some opportunities.”

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