By Jeffery Armstrong
The Jonesboro Lady Cardinals softball team is establishing a winning tradition.
Jonesboro third baseman Kellsie Currin singled home Rachel Nutter in the ninth inning to defeat the Houston County Lady Bears 1-0 in the Area 2-AAAAA tournament Tuesday afternoon at the Lovejoy softball complex. With the win, Jonesboro advances to the state AAAAA sectionals for the second year in a row.
Jonesboro lost its second game to Henry County 8-0, as the team rested pitcher Heather Lowry for the state sectionals. Currin pitched against Henry County.
"I said to myself that I have to do something to win this game," Currin said of her game-winning hit. "We have been playing so hard and I'm proud of everyone. I'm so glad we qualified for state."
Neither team dented the scoreboard before a brief rainshower halted play during Jonesboro's game against Houston County. After the shower, the game was still scoreless until the ninth.
Both teams had opportunities to score in the sixth inning. Houston County had runners on second and third with one out, but Lowry pitched well to get out of the jam. Jonesboro also had runners on second and third in the bottom of the inning, but couldn't score.
"This feels good; I'm glad we were able to make the state sectionals," said Jonesboro head coach Jeanine Conkle.
Lowry pitched all nine innings for Jonesboro, giving up two hits, one walk and had 16 strikeouts.
In other action from Tuesday, Henry County advanced to the state AAAAA sectionals by defeating Northside-Warner Robins 2-0 and then advanced to the loser's bracket finals against the Eagle's Landing Lady Golden Eagles. The Stockbridge Tigers advanced to the area finals by defeating Eagle's Landing 5-2.
Lovejoy 12, Mundy's Mill 0: The Lovejoy Lady Wildcats beat Mundy's Mill 12-0 Tuesday in Area 4-AAAAA tournament at McCurry Park in Fayetteville.
Barbara Baker pitched a complete game no-hitter, striking out eight.
Offensively, the Lady Wildcats was paced by Brittany Evans and Rachel Coode, who doubled. Getting singles were Baker, Brittney Newby and Christina Read.
Lovejoy plays McIntosh today at 5 p.m.