Arnold named to All-Metro Team

By Anthony Rhoads

Going into the 2004 baseball season, Jonesboro's Alford Arnold just wanted to play hard, be competitive and be a team player.

After completing a stellar senior season, he has been racking up many individual honors including being named to the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association All-Star Team, the Daily's Clayton County Player of the Year and most recently, he's been named to the Atlanta Braves 400 Club All-Metro Atlanta Team.

"The awards are just the result of hard work," he said. "It's an added benefit of playing hard."

Arnold put up solid stats this year for Jonesboro in the outfield and pitching. He led the team in home runs (4), RBIs (25) and batting average (.364).

He went 5-5 on the mound but posted a 3.50 ERA with 59 strikeouts while only walking 15.

"They're well-deserved honors," Jonesboro head coach Don Corr said. "We're very proud of him and we're going to miss him when he's gone."

When Arnold reflects back on his career at Jonesboro, he said the highlight was the first round of the Class AAAAA tournament this year.

The Cardinals traveled to Effingham County to play the No. 1 team in the state and came away with a two-game sweep.

"That was a big accomplishment going in state and playing the No. 1 team and sweeping them," he said. "You can't beat that."

When the Major League Baseball first-year amateur draft gets underway Monday, Arnold might be selected.

"I'm looking forward to it," he said. "It would be a tremendous honor and if I get picked that would be great but I want to get my education to have something to fall back on."

Arnold plans to attend South Georgia College on a baseball scholarship.