By Anthony Rhoads
Adam Harrell knew he didn't pitch the best game of his career Friday night for Jonesboro but it was good enough to help the Cardinals to an important 4-1 Region 2-AAAAA victory over Stockbridge.
Jonesboro is now tied with Stockbridge in the region. Both are 9-6 in league play.
"I didn't have my best stuff," Harrell said. "They put it into play and the defense made the plays when they needed to and we hit the ball pretty well. We need to play hard in every game and play to our full potential in every game."
Harrell pitched a complete game, striking out three while allowing no walks even though he hit two batsmen.
"Adam Harrell has been sensational for us all year," Jonesboro head coach Don Corr said. "Every time we hand him the ball, we're in the ball game. He's a competitor."
Kenyari Addison led off the game with a walk and Brett Mitchell followed with a bunt single.
With one out, Rashard Brown hit a sacrifice fly to right field to score Addison. Chris Smith reached on an error to give the Cardinals a 2-0 advantage when Mitchell scored.
In the third inning, Bobby Donahue led off with a single for Stockbridge. After advancing to third off two errors, he scored when Brett Hays grounded into a double play.
In the bottom half of the third, Jonesboro increased its lead to 3-1 as Brown reached on an error to score Mitchell, who led off the inning with a single.
The Cardinals added an insurance run in the sixth when Branan Norsworthy collected an RBI double to score Mike Farinas.
"This was a big one," Corr said. "Our kids rose to the occasion and did a great job. We overcame the mistakes and fought through the mistakes and showed our character. We need to keep this up and good things are going to happen to us."
Stockbridge has been on a rollercoaster this week as they won a come-from-behind 8-7 region victory over Northside-Warner Robins on Wednesday.
"I don't think we came to play tonight," Stockbridge head coach Bill Pate said. "You've got to give Jonesboro credit and Adam Harrell credit. He took care of business tonight. We've put ourselves in a must-win situation and we've got to win from here on out."
Bryan Goggins pitched a complete game for Stockbridge, striking out three and walking two.
"Our pitchers have been throwing well for us all year and we've been in just about every ball game," Pate said. "We were not mentally here today and made it easy for Jonesboro."
Jonesboro plays at Mt. Zion today in a make-up game and travels to Henry County on Monday. The Cardinals close out the regular season Wednesday at home against Warner Robins.
"We need to win every time out and take care of our own destiny," Corr said.
Stockbridge plays host to Westside Macon Monday and travels to Eagle's Landing on Wednesday and Northside on Thursday.
Notes: Addison has been plagued with injuries the last two years on the Jonesboro baseball team and he ran into some more bad luck Friday. Addison is fully healthy right now and is providing solid production both on offense and defense but in Friday's game, he was stung by a bee. "He's been the catalyst for all our sports (baseball, football and basketball," Corr said. "He leads by example and doesn't say a lot but the younger players look up to him and he's leading us right now."...Friday night's game was delayed for about thirty minutes in the sixth inning because of a threat of lightning.