Jonesboro rally falls short against Eagle's Landing

By Doug Gorman

The Eagle's Landing and Jonesboro High School softball teams stepped out of their respective regions Wednesday afternoon and treated their fans to a classic pitchers' duel.

Neither team scored through the game's first seven innings.

Then both teams found a little of its missing offense during the international tiebreaker, but in the end, Eagle's Landing won the game 2-1.

Eagle's Landing scored a run in the eighth and ninth inning to spoil Senior Night at Jonesboro.

"We found a way to win," said Eagle's Landing coach Toby Evans. "We have shown a lot of improvement lately. I don't think we have hit our apex yet."

Brandy Keeter, who started the inning at second as part of the international tiebreaker in the eighth, scored the first run of the game on a ball that found its way to the backstop to give Eagle's Landing a 1-0 lead.

Jonesboro kept the game going and moved the contest into the ninth when it scored its only run of the game.

Rachel Nutter's double was the only extra base hit of the contest for either team, resulting in the only run of the game for the Lady Cardinals.

Eagle's Landing's Sondra Jones scored the game-winning run in the ninth when Breanna Keeter reached on an error.

The rest of the game was pure pitching.

Eagle's Landing's Terri Mesko struck out 20 Jonesboro batters and allowed just two hits. Heather Lowry also put on a show from the mound for Jonesboro. Lowry struck out 16 Eagle's Landing batters and didn't allow a hit until the seventh inning.

Nutter, last year's first team catcher on the All-Southern Crescent team, threw out two Eagle's Landing base runners try to steal in the first and seventh inning to squelch Eagle's Landing rallies.

Nicole Soto became the Lady Cardinals' first base runner of the game when she reached on an error in the second inning, but Mesko recovered to strikeout the side.

The Eagle's Landing pitcher accounted for Jonesboro's first 12 outs of the game on strikeouts.

Jonesboro had a chance to break the game open in the fourth when Donisha Harrison was hit by a pitch and Lowry beat out an infield hit to begin the inning.

Mesko bounced back with three straight strikeouts.