Bearcat baseball beats Albany, suffers loss to Cairo

Published 5:03 pm Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The Cairo High School Syrupmakers got by the Bainbridge High School Bearcats 4-1 Monday at Cairo, eliminating the Bearcats from the Region 1-AAAA playoff picture.

The Bearcats, who are 12-11 overall and 11-7 in Region play, will return to action Friday when they travel to Adel to take on the Cook County High School Hornets in a Region 1-AAAA game. They will close out their season Saturday at noon when they host the Worth County High School Rams in a Region 1-AAAA game that was original scheduled for Monday, April 13, before being rained out.

Emerson Hancock, who picked up the win for the Syrupmakers Monday, struck out seven, walked three and allowed six hits. The Syrupmakers are 17-7 overall and 15-5 in Region 1-AAAA play

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The Bearcats took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Carson Inlow drew a walk to open the inning. Starting pitcher Stanton Long bunted him up to second and third baseman Will Kelley drove him in with a single.

The Syrupmakers countered with three runs in the bottom of first to take a 3-1 lead.  Jesse Miller, who was two for three, singled, and Drew Leverette, who was three for four, followed with a single moving Miller up to second. Cage Cox then reached on an error loading the bases.

A one out single by Parker Duncan drove in Miller with the tying run. Myles Knight drew a walk to force in   drive in Leverette with the second run. Drew Kelley drew a walk, forcing in Cage Kelley with the third run.

Last Friday, the Bearcats baseball team defeated the Albany High School Indians 16-2 in five innings.

A Saturday Region 1-AAAA home game with the Worth County High School Rams, which would have been a make up game for a rained out Monday, April 13 game, was again rained out and rescheduled for this Saturday at noon.

The Indians scored both of their runs in the top of the first. Two singles, a stolen base and a double produced the runs.

Shortstop Keith Lyle walked with one away to ignite a Bearcats seven run first inning rally. He moved around to third when catcher Blake Merchant doubled to left center. First baseman Seth Hall then doubled to left driving in both runners to pull the Bearcats even 2-2.

Left fielder Anderson Bailey walked and stole second. He came home with the third run on a fielder’s choice. Other highlights of the Bearcats big first were an RBI single by Dustin Strickland and a passed ball, which allowed a run to score.

The Bearcats offense was dominant throughout the game as seven batters combined for eight hits and eight runs batted in. They added a run in the second, three in the third and five in the fifth.

The big five run fourth inning rally was highlighted by a home run over the left field fence by pitcher Russell Wheeler, a single to right by shortstop Keith Lyle, a two run single to left by Clark Wiggins.

Bearcats coach Brian McCorkle said he said he thought his team pitched well and hit well. Grayson Heard got the win,” McCorkle said. Russell Wheeler also pitched well and had a big home run.”