By Jeffery Armstrong
For the second time this season, the Jonesboro Cardinals' baseball team couldn't put the Westside-Macon Seminoles away.
Despite leading 7-1 after two innings, the Cardinals had to score two runs in the bottom of the sixth to defeat Westside 9-8 at home Monday night in Region 2-AAAAA action. On March 13, Jonesboro led Westside 6-1 into the sixth inning at Westside and only managed to win 8-7.
"Westside's a young, scrappy bunch; they kept battling us all game long," said Jonesboro head coach Don Corr.
"We scored runs, but we gave them plenty. But, a win's a win and it was a big one for us."
Right fielder Branan Norsworthy went 2-for-3 at the plate with two runs scored while left fielder Kenyari Addison went 1-for-3, coaxing two walks and scoring three runs for Jonesboro (12-9, 8-5).
The game wasn't pretty at all, as both teams committed a total of 10 errors (six by Jonesboro). Westside starting pitcher Josh Chambless didn't get any help from his defense in the first two innings.
Center fielder Cori Robertson made two straight errors sandwiched around a great diving catch that led to four second-inning Jonesboro runs for the 7-1 Cardinals' lead.
Wesley Foskey relieved Chambless and held Jonesboro in check for the next three innings. Jonesboro starting hurler Alford Arnold pitched well, but Westside touched him up for four runs in the fifth.
The big blow was a two-run triple by Seminoles' right fielder Greg Rhymes.
Eddie Harris then scored Rhymes with a groundout to make the score 7-5.
Arnold got the first two outs of the sixth in what looked to be a quick inning. After giving up a double, Arnold's defense let him down.
Reserve first baseman Josh Brown made a fielding error that allowed a run and two straight errors by Zach Maddox and another hit by Rhymes led to another run, tying the game at seven.
Jonesboro came right back in the bottom of the sixth.
Norsworthy started the inning with a single and advanced to second with a sacrifice bunt by Maddox. Addison then hit a drive to Rhymes, who misplayed it for an error, scoring Norsworthy for the 8-7 lead.
Addison made it to second and then scored the game-winning run when reserve pitcher Rashard Brown singled up the middle.
One Westside run scored in the seventh, but Brown struck out catcher Brett Lynch looking to end the game.
"Alford pitched well enough to win and Rashard did a nice job backing him up," said Corr.
Jonesboro travels to Eagle's Landing Wednesday and hosts Stockbridge on Friday. They will travel to Mt. Zion Saturday at 3 p.m. in a make-up game.
From Staff Reports
Northside 17, Eagle's Landing 11: The Eagle's Landing Golden Eagles started out playing a baseball game, then a football game broke out.
At least a football type score as the Golden Eagles fell 17-11.
After three innings, Eagle's Landing led 5-3. By the end of the fourth inning Northside led 16-10.
Despite the loss, Luke Murton led the offense for Eagle's Landing with two homer runs.