Cardinals stay in playoff hunt

By Anthony Rhoads

The Jonesboro Cardinals stayed alive for a playoff spot after defeating Mt. Zion 12-6 Thursday night in Region 2-AAAAA action.

Jonesboro, Stockbridge and Warner Robins are all tied at 10-6 for fourth place in the region standings.

Jonesboro plays at region-leading Henry County today at 4:45 p.m. and closes out the regular season at home Saturday against Warner Robins at 2 p.m.

"Henry County is a very good team," Jonesboro head coach Don Corr said. "We hope we go out and play our best and hopefully it will be good enough tomorrow."

Both games are must-win for the Cardinals if they want to be one of the four teams to advance to the Class AAAAA state playoffs.

"If we win out, we'll get in," Corr said. "Every game is huge, but I guess I have said that before."

Because of bad weather this week, Jonesboro hadn't played since last Friday's victory over Stockbridge.

"The guys came back after they hadn't played in a while and played well," Corr said.

Jason Owensby started on the mound for the Cardinals, working five innings. He struck out two and allowed one walk. Ty Lewis pitched the final two innngs, striking out two.

"Jason Owensby and Ty Lewis stepped up tonight and did a good job on the mound," Corr said.

Lead-off hitter Kenyari Addison paced Jonesboro offensively, going 3-for-4 with four runs scored and two RBIs. He also reached base on an error.

Jonesboro led 5-0 after two innings and 6-2 after four.

Mt. Zion came back to trail only 7-6 going into the seventh but Jonesboro posted five runs in the top of the final inning to take the 12-6 victory.

Mt. Zion's Chris Coggins went 4-for-4 with two RBIs and one run scored. Louie Leake went 3-for-4 and scored two runs.

On March 31, Mt. Zion upset Jonesboro 10-1.