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Jonesboro Cardinals play through rain to win over Stockbridge

By Anthony Rhoads

As rain came down for most of the game, the Jonesboro Cardinals opened the floodgates offensively as they batted around twice in a 14-6 Region 2-AAAAA victory over Stockbridge Friday night.

It was the Cardinals' second region victory in a row as they defeated Eagle's Landing 7-5 at home Thursday.

"We starting to play good baseball and it's good to start coming up with some ?Ws'", Jonesboro head coach Don Corr said.

For the first three innings, Jonesboro was held hitless by Stockbridge starter Adam Gray. Gray pitched six innings, striking out six and allowing seven walks.

In the fourth, Jonesboro batted through its lineup and put up six runs. The inning was highlighted by a two-run triple by Zack Maddox and a one-single by Kenyari Addison.

Jonesboro led 7-0 in the sixth inning but a two-run home run by Chris Starr gave Stockbridge its first runs.

A two-run double by Bobby Donahue made the score 7-4 and an RBI by Corey Bryan brought Donahue home to give Stockbridge its final run of the inning.

In the top of the seventh, Jonesboro again batted through its lineup and added seven runs to extend its lead to 14-5.

Stockbridge managed one run in the seventh when Bryan Goggins scored off a wild pitch.

Jonesboro senior Derek Haynie worked five innings, striking out four and walking one.

"He pitched five innings of solid baseball," Corr said. "He did a good job. He's doing better every time out."

Leading Jonesboro were Maddox (2-for-3, two runs, two RBIs), Brett Mitchell (3-for-4, one run, one RBI), Mike Farinas (2-for-3, two runs, and two RBIs) and Harold Walker (two walks, two runs).

Stockbridge was led by Starr (2-for-3, one run, two RBIs), Goggins (2-for-3, one run) and Donahue (1-for-3, one RBIs, two runs).

Jonesboro improves to 7-5 while Stockbridge falls to 4-8.

Stockbridge gets back into action Monday at 1 p.m. at Union Grove. The Tigers then travel to Henry County for a make-up region game at 6 p.m.

Jonesboro plays at Central Gwinnett Tuesday at 4 p.m. and then travels to Florida Wednesday.