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Lady Cards enter region event as top seed

By Doug Gorman

There's an old baseball adage which states good pitching beats good hitting.

Not just in baseball. Good pitching also beats good hitting in softball too.

Almost any team which has had to face Jonesboro pitcher Heather Lowry knows that to be true.

The Lady Cardinals' hard-throwing junior has fired 11 no-hitters and struck out 232 opponents en route to her teams 15-3 overall record and 11-0 mark in Region 5-AAAA play.

"Pitching has been the key for us," said Jonesboro head coach Jeanine Conkle. "We are starting to hit the ball a little bit better, but Heather has done a great job from the mound for us."

With the perfect record, Jonesboro has the No.-1 seed in the region tournament, which starts today at Lovejoy Park.

Jonesboro plays it first game of the tournament at 7 p.m.

First, the Lady Cardinals play a bit of awaiting game as they meet the winner of the South Atlanta and Columbia games, which starts at 5 p.m.

A win will automatically send Jonesboro on to the state sectionals next week. That event will also be held at Lovejoy Park.

Offensively, Lowry is also the leading hitter on the team.

Lowry, Rachel Nutter, Kala Smith and Kelsie Currin are all hitting over .300. Nicole Sotto is closing in on the .300 mark.

Nutter has also been the catalyst behind the plate for the Lady Cardinals.

The squad's team captain has thrown out several base runners trying to steal this season.