Jonesboro to open playoff run against Ringgold

By Doug Gorman

Jonesboro head baseball coach Don Corr wants to extend his ties to the Cardinals a little longer.

The Cardinals' veteran coach is moving to Etowah High School next year to become an assistant principal and athletic director at the Cherokee County High School.

Right now, that's the last thing on his mind as he prepares to take his curtain call with the Cardinals by leading the team into the first-round of the Class AAAA state tournament.

The Cardinals, who finished second in the Region 5-AAAA standings, will play host to Ringgold High School starting Friday in the best-of-three series.

Friday's first game is set to start at 5 p.m.

The first-round contest begins with a doubleheader on Friday at 5 p.m., followed by the deciding contest on Saturday, if needed at 4. Tickets for all three games are $7.

This is Jonesboro's third straight trip to the state tournament.

"Ringgold is a team with a lot of tradition," said Corr. "They have a couple of good pitchers and are solid throughout the lineup."

It's the first time Jonesboro will host a first-round state playoff game."

"It will be good to play at home," said senior Harold Walker. "We feel that gives us a big advantage."

Jonesboro finished the regular-season with an 18-7 record and a 14-2 mark in region action.

A 4-3 loss to Forest Park in extra innings was the only thing that separated the Cardinals from winning the Region 5-AAAA title.

Monday night the Cardinals completed the regular-season with a non-region game against Henry.

"It was good to play against another team going to the playoffs," Corr said. "That served as a good tune-up for us."

At one stretch this season, the Cardinals won nine straight games. The streak ended with the loss to Forest Park.

However, the Cardinals got back on track winning five of their next six games.

In two straight victories earlier this year, Jonesboro outscored South Atlanta and North Clayton 31-2.