Thomas County Central made the most of its opportunities Wednesday. Cairo did not.
And with that, the Yellow Jackets downed the visiting Syrupmakers 7-2 and splitting the season series.
“Our identity is going to be to just scrap,” Central coach Chad Parkerson said. “We’re going to have to scratch and claw and bounce around and have some fun.
“When you do the little things right, good things happen.”
The Jackets (3-4) showed that resiliency in the sixth as they put the game away. Leading 3-2 and with just one baserunner — a two-out single from Johnathan Robinson in the fourth — the previous two innings, Central got a leadoff walk from Stone Stephenson to open the sixth. Stephenson fouled off two 2-2 pitches to draw the base on balls against Cairo starter Tyler Dalton. Two pitches later, Peyton Singletary lined a single into right-center on a hit and run to chase Dalton.
Eli Taylor then greeted Syrupmaker reliever Stephen Kirkland by drawing a walk to load the bases before Cooper Mayhall plated Stephenson with a sacrifice fly to left. After Robinson reached on a bunt single to reload the bases, Central added another run on an Alex Dukes groundout. Jon Ellis NeSmith then chased Kirkland with a two-run double. Cairo’s Trey Ansley then escaped further damage by retiring Stephenson following walks to Adam Choice and Lucas Wainwright.
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