By Doug Gorman
The trophy case at Jonesboro High School is starting to fill up with first-place hardware from the annual county softball tournament.
With its 8-1 victory against Jonesboro, the Lady Cardinals won the event Saturday at Lovejoy Park for the fourth straight year.
Jonesboro only had to play two games to secure county honors again. Morrow didn't play in this year's event, Forest Park forfeited its games on Saturday, and North Clayton played on Friday, but elected not to participate on Saturday.
Mt. Zion held on for third place, beating Mundy's Mill 6-3 also on Saturday.
"It was a good win for us," said Jonesboro head coach Jeanine Conkle. "We would have liked to have played more games, it's too bad we had some teams drop out."
Heather Lowry led the way with a strong pitching performance for the Lady Cardinals in her two outings. Lowry struck out 17 in the win against Lovejoy and seven in Friday's four-inning victory against Mt. Zion.
Jonesboro scored two in the first, one in the fourth, three in the five and one in the six.
Kelsie Currin, Rachel Nutter, Donisha Harrison and Lowry had an RBI each.
Lowry also had an inside-the-park homer.
The win improved Jonesboro's overall record to 10-2.
Jazmine McDaniel scored the only run of the game for the Lady Wildcats in the fourth inning on Brittany Evans RBI.
Shana Cox had the only other hit for Lovejoy.
"It was good to get to the finals, but I'm disappointed we lost. I know we are capable of playing better than the 8-1 score showed. We lost our starting pitcher and that hurt, but overall I'm pleased," said Lovejoy coach Kendra Sewell.
Mt. Zion 6, Mundy's Mill 3: Five different players picked up hits for the Lady Bulldogs as the squad went home with third-place honors.
Denethia Haynes (3-for-4), Tiona Parks (2-for-3) Miya Gardner (2-for-3), Tiffany Riddick (2-for-2), Kim Watkins (1-for-3) and Kiarra Burns (1-for-4).
Keychunnte Hudson made several key defensive plays for the Lady Wildcats.
Mundy's Mill was paced in the tournament by Keianna Shipp, who leads the team in RBIs and Michelle Nunes, who lead the team to the win with strong pitching.
Faith Robinson also had several RBIs.