One inning decided the ball game.
That was one way of describing what happened when the now 5-0 Cairo Bearcats rolled to Hallsville to play the now 2-3 Hallsville Indians.
By the fourth inning the score was 3-1 Cairo and that was where it stayed, despited some of Hallsville’s best efforts.
The pitching of Indian Brayden Stenger held the Beacats scoreless and mostly hitless for the rest of the game, but Cairo had a three-run third that put them atop Hallsville.
Hallsville scored first, in the first and in the latter half of the game had the bases loaded twice and had two on several times, but could never capitalize.
“We had one not very productive defensive inning,” said Hallsville Head Coach Barry Koeneke. “Even though Brayden Stenger pitched extremely well, real proud of him. He was really efficient, handled himself well even when he didn’t have really good defense behind him that one time.”
The game’s difference was at the plate, Koeneke said.
“When it comes down to differences, we just didn’t hit,” Koeneke said. “This club should be a much better-hitting team than it is. Right now there is too much doubt running through them and not enough confidence. We’ve got to work on that confidence.”
For more, see next week’s edition of the Fireside Guard.