A three-run first inning gave Cairo a lead Saturday.
A three-run ninth gave the Syrupmakers a playoff victory.
After Howard rallied to tie the decisive third game in the first round of the Class AAA playoffs, Cairo capitalized on a couple of Howard miscues to win 6-3.
The victory propels the Syrupmakers into next week’s second round at Ringgold.
“Baseball is one of those games where it’s not always the big plays,” Cairo coach Ron Best said. “It’s a lot of little things, just being selective at the plate, not swinging at bad pitches, putting it in play, running the bases hard — that kind of stuff — and taking advantage of what was presented to us that got us the win today.”
Steven Kirkland led off the ninth with a grounder to second base that Howard couldn’t field cleanly. After two singles loaded the bases, Connor Butler strolled to the plate with one out. He laced a blooping grounder to second base. Instead of throwing home, though, the Huskies infielder threw to first for the out. Alex Baxter then reached on an error by Howard’s third baseman, allowing another run to score. Two walks later, another Cairo run scored.
For full details, see Sunday's edition of the Times-Enterprise.