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County tourney starts Friday

By Anthony Rhoads and Jeffery Armstrong

Clayton County tournament: The Clayton County softball tournament will be held Friday and Saturday at the Lovejoy Regional Park.

The tournament will be in pool play format. Playing in Pool A will be Jonesboro, Riverdale, Mundy's Mill and Forest Park while Lovejoy, Morrow, Mt. Zion, and North Clayton will be in Pool B.

The tournament begins Friday at 5 p.m. and continues at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

The championship rounds start at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Jonesboro is the defending champion and last year's runner-up was Lovejoy.

Top five: The Union Grove Lady Wolverines are ranked No. 5 in Class AA in this week's gafastpitch.net coaches' poll.

Union Grove is currently 14-4 and defeated Decatur 15-0 on Tuesday.

The Lady Wolverines play host to Paideia today in an Area 5-AA game.

Union Grove is the only Henry or Clayton team in the state rankings this week but two Fayette County teams are ranked in Class AAAAA. Starr's Mill is No. 2 and Fayette County is No. 4.

Undefeated in the region: Stockbridge takes an undefeated Area 2-AAAAA record into today's road game against Northside-Warner Robins.

Stockbridge is 5-0 in the area and 15-5 overall.

Even though his team is undefeated in the area, head coach Randy Stracner is expecting a tough contest today.

"We expect a pretty tough game from them," Stracner said. "They're supposed to be pretty good."

On tap for today: Eagle's Landing plays host to Houston County, Eagle's Landing Christian plays host to Arlington Christian, Morrow plays at Henry County, Westside-Macon plays at Jonesboro, Mt. Zion plays at Warner Robins, East Coweta plays at Mundy's Mill, Starr's Mill plays at Riverdale, Stockbridge plays at Northside-Warner Robins and Paideia plays at Union Grove.

Love that glove: Eagle's Landing pitcher Terri Mesko played with her new pitcher's glove Tuesday evening against Jonesboro because she couldn't find her old glove before the game. She got used to the new glove in a hurry, even using it to make a nice stop on a ground ball and turn a double play.

"I'm glad I was able to stop the ball with that glove," Mesko said.

It turns out Mesko's old glove was in the middle of her big bag she carried to the game.

"I never put my glove in the middle of my bag n I don't know why I did this time," she said.

Whiff action: Mesko and Jonesboro pitcher Heather Lowry each had double-figure strikeouts Tuesday evening. They also had another interesting stat: each pitcher went 0-for-3 at the plate, striking out swinging all three times.