After taking its only lead of the game, Cairo’s errant defense and wild pitching reared its head once again.
And Westover made the Syrupmakers pay for those miscues Tuesday in the Region 1-AAAA opener at Jackie Robinson Field, scoring six runs in the fourth inning on the way to an 8-3 win.
“We were very poor with our pitching today and very poor with our defense,” Cairo coach Ron Best said. “It started with that and then they swung the bats well when we missed with our pitching.”
Making five errors total, as well as handing out four walks and hitting three Patriots, the Syrupmakers (3-4) really struggled in the top of the fourth. Cairo had just taken a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the third when a one-out walk sparked the Westover rally the next frame. Following that free pass, Jay Cunningham and Reed Thornhill both singled to load the bases and Josh Black then cleared them with a triple to put Westover on top for good 4-2. Two batters later, the Syrupmakers had a chance to escape further damage but an error, the third at that point, extended the inning and TJ Cromer followed with a home run to right field that landed on Cairo’s softball field, putting Westover up 7-2.
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