Lowry honored at state level

From staff reports

Jonesboro's Heather Lowry has been named to the GACA Class AAAAA all-state fast-pitch softball team as an honorable mention.

The sophomore pitcher posted an 18-10 record during the 2003 season and 15 of her victories were shutouts.

She struck out 335 batters while posting an ERA of 0.49.

She also was solid at the plate and on defense.

Her batting average was .356 and she knocked in 13 runs. Her fielding percentage was .979 while committing only one error during the season.

For the past two seasons, Lowry has helped lead Jonesboro to the Class AAAAA state sectionals. Last year, Jonesboro made it to the state sectionals for the first time in school history.

Lowry was the only player from Clayton County to be named to the all-state team this year.

Several players from Henry County schools were named to the Class AAAAA and Class AA teams.

Eagle's Landing's Allison Cantrell was named as a first-team selection in Class AAAAA. Cantrell, who was also named The News-Daily/Daily Herald Player of the Year three years in a row, will be going to Coastal Carolina to play at the collegiate level.

Cantrell helped lead Eagle's Landing to the Region 2-AAAAA championship, the Class AAAAA state sectionals and the Class AAAAA final eight in Columbus.

Second-team selections included Eagle's Landing's Terri Mesko, and Stockbridge's Jennifer Corbin and Megan Throckmorton. Corbin recently signed a scholarship to play at the University of Georgia. Both Corbin and Throckmorton were key players on Stockbridge's team that made it to the Class AAAAA quarterfinals in Columbus for three straight years.

Honorable mention selections included Henry County's Erica English and Stockbridge's Terese Gober.

Union Grove had three first-team selections in Class AA including Lynleigh Hurndon, Leandra Hines and Amy Dumas.

Ashley Hill was named to the second team and Lindsey Hopkins was named as an honorable mention.

Union Grove won the Region 5-AA championship and advanced all the way to the Class AA semi-finals this year.