The Cairo High Syrupmakers baseball squad was thrown a curveball, when the young team learned that their head coach Tommy York was resigning on his own terms. But, just like at the end of a season, the 'Makers have moved on and displayed enthusiasm in summer tournaments.
"Oh, it's great, got a good group of kids... but get everyone playing time is the big thing," cites interim head baseball coach Marcus Singletary.
"Summer is always just about having fun, we just come out and play all the teams around this area and just try to have a little bit of fun," adds rising junior Bradley Jones.
What helps is the friendly competition. They might be rivals in the standings, but on the field, everybody gets along.
"Everybody, we're all friends, Thomasville, Thomas County Central, Bainbridge, we're all friends, we all have a good time when we show up and play each other," raves Singletary.
As for what to expect in '08, there's still plenty of youth, but also plenty of talent and heart.
"Great group of kids. I've been working with these kids since they were 12 years old. They're just great kids to be around, great parents, great support from their parents," says the interim coach.
"Probably to look forward to in the future, we have 6 sophomores or 6 upcoming juniors who will be starting for us, so that's something we look forward to," confirms Jones.
With uncertainty on the diamond, there's passion in their hearts. Without a head coach, the Syrupmakers are enjoying the sweet taste of baseball.