Early game lead gives Cairo the edge over Bainbridge
Published 6:30 pm Friday, March 27, 2015
The Bainbridge High School Bearcats dropped a 7-4 decision to the Cairo High School Syrupmakers Wednesday at the Bearcat Diamond.
The Syrupmakers jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Third baseman Jesse Miller walked to open the inning and Drew Leverette drew a walk on a 3-1 pitch to move him up to second.
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Catcher Cade Cox then walked on a 3-1 pitch to load the bases and designated hitter Kirby Pierz, followed by an RBI single to left to drive in Miller with the first run.
With one away, first baseman Hunter Miller was hit by a pitch to force in Leverette with the second run. Shortstop Ausrin Shattles then lofted a sacrifice fly to center and Cox tagged up and came in to score with the third run. After forcing in the fourth run with a walk, Ty Varnum came on relieve starter Tyler Braswell.
The Syrupmakers added two more runs in the top of the fourth to increase their lead to 6-0. Kirby Pierz drove them in with a two run single to center. Their final run came in the top of the sixth when catcher Cade Cox drove a 3-0 pitcher over the tight field war for home run.
Syrupmakers starting pitcher went five and two thirds innings, striking out three and allowing a run on just four hits.
The Bearcats put on a late rally, scoring two runs in the bottom of the sixth and two more in the bottom of the seventh. Designated hitter Carson Inlow opened the sixth inning with a single. He came around to score when third baseman Will Kelley doubled to deep left. Catcher Blake Merchant then doubled in Kelley to make it 7-2. Third baseman Will Kelley drove him in with a double to deep left and catcher Blake Merchant doubled Kelley in.
In the seventh, center fielder Stanton Long singled to right center and moved up to second on a wild pitch. A Carson Inlow single got him home with the Bearcats third run. A two-run double to deep left got Inlow home with the Bearcats fourth run.