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Jonesboro ends best season ever

By Doug Gorman

The Jonesboro High School softball team won once and lost once Saturday at the Class AAAA state sectionals, but it was that last loss that put and end to the Lady Cardinals season as they fell 3-1 to North Forsyth.

With the defeat, Jonesboro ended its best season ever, as the squad managed to win twice in the state sectionals for the first time in school history.

Jonesboro began play Saturday with a 1-0 victory against Madison County.

Shannon Harris singled and later scored the winning run in the top of the sixth inning to help extend the Lady Cardinals season.

Harris also made a couple of key plays from her third base spot to keep runs off Madison County's side of the scoreboard.

Jonesboro senior pitcher Heather Lowry picked up the final win of her high school career with a 16-strikeout performance.

Lowry, who is the winningest pitcher in school history, struckout the side in the second, fourth and fifth innings.

On Friday night, Lowry struckout 17 batters in the team's win against Forsyth Central to open the tournament.

She also paced the offense with three hits. Shannon Harris,, Denisha Harrison and Kellsie Currin also reached base with hits in the opening win of the tournament.

The Lady Cardinals then lost Friday night to East Paulding. In Saturday's other game, Jonesboro's loss to North Forsyth, Lowry struckout 8.

Although Lowry's high school career is through, she will continue to play at the college level after verbally committing to play at Virginia Tech. She is expected to officially sign her letter of intent next month.