By Doug Gorman
After watching her team lose 2-0 to East Coweta in a non-region softball game Wednesday afternoon, Jonesboro head coach Jeanine Conkle walked her team to the outfield for its postgame talk.
More than likely Conkle did plenty of lecturing to her young and inexperienced squad about the coast of making mental errors.
Jonesboro left the bases loaded in the second and third innings, to spoil its best chance at putting runs on its half of the scoreboard.
In both innings, Jonesboro ran the count to three balls before striking out in the second and popping out in the third for the final out.
The loss ended Jonesboro's (2-1) chance at staying unbeaten and also spoiled an outstanding pitching performance from Heather Lowry who finished the game with 15 strikeouts and just two walks.
"It's really a shame that Heather pitched such a great game and ended up not having anything to show for it," said Conkle. "We can't keep making mental mistakes and we have to do a better job of hitting the ball."
Jonesboro finished the game with four hits, including back-to-back singles from Brittany Carnes and Lowry in the third. Donnisha Harrison also had a single in the second.
East Coweta pushed its first run across the plate in the fourth inning with two-out on an inside-the-park home run by Jessica Lyens.
Lyens and Jonesboro catcher Rachel Nutter collided on a close play at the plate. Nutter got the worst of the collision and stayed on the ground for a few minutes.
She stayed in the contest and even reached on a base hit in the fifth inning.
East Coweta added its final run in sixth inning when Lyens walked and scored again.
The Lady Cardinals head to the Georgia coast this weekend for a tournament in Brunswick.
"Hopefully, we can use the tournament to work on several things," said Conkle.
Stockbridge 4, Henry County 1:
It was a pretty good two days for the Stockbridge Lady Tigers.
They beat Henry County 4-1 Wednesday at home after beating Eagle's Landing 1-0 Tuesday on the road.
Terese Gober pitched for the Lady Tigers and she struck out seven. She also had a solid outing at the plate by going 2-for-3 with one run scored.
"Last year as a freshman she primarily played j.v. and she played in a few varsity games," Stracner said. "She just improved tremendously in the off-season. She didn't have her best stuff tonight but I was proud of her because she battle through it and I was proud of the defense for backing her up. If we play good defense and score some runs, we'll be tough to beat. It was nice to have that cushion instead of sweating out a 1-0 game."
Stockbridge got its first run in the third inning when Megan Throckmorton grounded out to score Duckie Wilson. The Lady Tigers scored again in the fourth when Tara Gober hit a sacrifice fly to score Terese Gober.
Stockbridge added two in the fifth inning. Megan Tomlinson hit a sacrifice fly to drive in Jennifer Corbin and two batters later, Carrie Fox collected an RBI single to score Throckmorton.
-Anthony Rhoads contributed to this story