Cairo pitcher Steven Bench dominated Howard’s hitters in game one on Friday.
Howard returned the favor in game two.
Bench pitched seven shutout innings, as Cairo defeated Howard 3-0. In the nightcap, the Syrupmakers failed to capitalize on several scoring chances, committed a couple of key errors in the third inning and Howard held on for a 4-3 victory.
Game three is set for today at noon at Jackie Robinson Field.
“At least we live to play another day,” Cairo (18-8) coach Ron Best said.
The second game was scoreless until the third inning. Thanks to back-to-back errors by Cairo’s infield, Howard plated its first run of the series. Howard followed with a two-run single that quickly made the score 3-0.
“They had three unearned runs in the third,” Best said. “That’s not been typical of us this year. it costs us really big (Friday). Hopefully, that won’t happen again (today).”
Greenbrier sweeps Central
Thomas County Central’s season ended in Augusta on Friday.
Greenbrier, the top-ranked team in Class AAAA, swept Central in the first round of the playoffs 11-1 and 13-1.
“They’re a really good ballclub,” Central coach Chad Parkerson said. “They swing the bats well. They kept hitting them where we weren’t.
“It’s a lineup of very good hitters.”
Central finished with a 12-15 record.
For full details, see Saturday's edition of the Times-Enterprise.