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Jonesboro eliminated in sectionals

From staff reports

The Jonesboro High School softball team won once and lost once on Saturday in the Class AAAA North sectionals at Lovejoy Park.

Jonesboro needed nine innings to beat Loganville 2-1, but the Lady Cardinals season came to an end with a 5-0 defeat against Marist in eight innings, both in losers' bracket games.

Pitcher Heather Lowry was nearly unstoppable in both games. In the victory against Loganville, the junior pitcher struck out 17. In the loss against Marist, she struck out 20.

In the Loganville game, Loganville scored a run in the ninth, but Jonesboro rallied back with two runs when Kala Smith reached on a double and Rachel Nutter on an infield hit. Both runners scored for Jonesboro and Lowry added an RBI to extend the Lady Cardinals' season.

Against Marist, Lowry struck out the first nine batters she faced and pitched a one-hitter through seven innings. She also struck out the side in five of the first seven innings.

Offensively, Jonesboro had its chances early putting base runners in board in the second and third innings.

Nutter and Tia Martin singled in the third, but both runners were left stranded.

Nutter, who also singled in the sixth, finished the game with two hits.

Marist's bats exploded in the eighth with three extra base hits and five runs.

Stockbridge going to Columbus: Stockbridge is making its third straight trip to the Elite 8 in Columbus.

Stockbridge started the Class AAAA Sectionals Friday with a 7-0 victory over Thomas County Central but got sent to the losers' bracket with a 2-1 setback to Chapel Hill.

Stockbridge came back Saturday with three victories.

The Lady Tigers beat Evans 4-0, Ware County 6-0 and Hardaway 2-0. Hardaway was the 2003 Class AAAA state champion.

Stockbridge begins play in the state quarterfinals Thursday at 2 p.m. against Ringgold.

Henry County eliminated in South Sectionals: Amber Harrell struck out 31 batters in two games, but a 1-0 loss to Northgate ended the Ladyhawks season.

Earlier in the day, the Warhawks starred the day with a 3-0 victory against Westside-Macon.

Tiffany Davies led the offense with two RBIs.

Union Grove advances to Elite 8: Union Grove qualified for the Elite 8 for the second-straight year as the team went 4-1 in the Class AAAAA South Sectionals in Tifton. Last year, Union Grove made it to the Elite 8 in Class AA.

"It was a great weekend," Union Grove head coach Brian DeBerry said. "The girls came together. It's a great accomplishment to go to the final eight in our first year of five-A."

Union Grove beat Lithonia 10-0 Friday but lost to Tift County 1-0 in the late game Friday night.

Saturday, Union Grove beat Newton County 4-3, Groves 8-1 and East Coweta 6-2.