By Anthony Rhoads
Senior pitcher Alford Arnold allowed just one hit while striking out six as the Jonesboro Cardinals beat Warner Robins 9-0 Wednesday at home in Region 2-AAAAA action.
Arnold helped his own cause by going 2-for-3, including a three-run home run in the first inning.
"We were in a three-game slump and we needed to get back on our feet," Arnold said. "I was just trying to throw strikes and let my defense do their job."
Arnold worked all seven innings and didn't allow a hit until the fourth inning.
"It's great for Alford," Jonesboro head coach Don Corr said. "I'm glad to see him back in regular form. He had two sub-par games in a row, not bad games but sub-par games. He did a great job tonight."
The Jonesboro defense recorded one error in the first inning but made several solid plays including a double play in the third inning.
"The guys played well," Corr said. "We played good defense today."
Jonesboro controlled the game from the start with Harry Nutter and T.J. Russo leading off the first inning with walks. Arnold stepped to the plate and smacked a home run, giving the Cardinals a 3-0 lead.
Nutter lead off the fifth with a walk and with one out, Arnold singled. Rashard Brown reached on an error, scoring Nutter. Chris Smith followed with a one-run single and with two outs, Harold Walker doubled to bring Smith home.
In the seventh inning, Brett Stuart led off by reaching first base on an error and Jonesboro took an 8-0 lead when Cullen Clemons collected an RBI single. Jonesboro went up 9-0 when Andrew Dye singled to score Clemons.
"They guys are playing hard, they're working hard and they're a pleasure to be around," Corr said.
Jonesboro (14-4, 9-1) had lost three games in a row going into Wednesday's contest and had not won since April 1 in a 9-8 victory over Stockbridge. That game gave Jonesboro head coach Don Corr his 300th career victory. Before Wednesday's game, Corr was presented with a plaque and a commemorative brick.
Jonesboro re-entered the gabaseball.net Class AAAAA state rankings this week and are tied with Newnan at sixth.
"I just want us to win," Arnold said. "The rankings don't matter a lot when it comes down to the nitty-gritty."