Photo by Derrick Mahone
Mundy's Mill player Corey Harmon (left) and Rodney Smith await the start of Friday's Region 4-AAAA game, which Jonesboro won 2-1 after it was called because of lightning.
Jonesboro players Cameron Sutton, Dustin Boggs and Dereon London provided the offensive firepower, and then Mother Nature took care of the rest as the Cardinals upset fifth-ranked Mundy's Mill Friday in a key Region 4-AAAA contest.
Sutton belted a solo home run, and Boggs scored on a RBI single from London in the 2-1 win that was stopped in the top of the seventh as lightning and rain moved into the area.
The umpire sent both teams to their dugouts in the top of the seventh after a lightning flash, which was soon followed rain. Just as the rain let up, and the umpires were going to resume play, another flash of lightning occurred. Soon after, the game was called after both coaches and umpires met briefly in front of the Mundy's Mill dugout.
"It was a game suspended lightning, and they won," Mundy's Mill coach Patrick Smith said. "Give Jonesboro credit, because they were in the lead."
The Cardinals, who have won five in a row, were down 1-0 heading into the third inning when Sutton sent an 0-2 two-out fastball into left field, clearing 385 feet. Boggs hit a single at the next at-bat and advanced to second when ToVeal walked. London's single scored Boggs, who picked up the win as the pitcher.
"It was a good win for us, and it builds our confidence as we go forward," Sutton said. "We just have to take care of business from here on out."
With the loss, Mundy's Mill dropped to 15-3 overall and 12-1 in the region while Jonesboro improved to 10-4 and 8-3. As much as they were pleased with the win, Jonesboro players and coaches said they wish the game could have been completed.
The Cardinals were at bat with a runner on first and no outs when the first flash of lightning occurred.
"I'm a little disappointed, because I wanted to finish it," Sutton said. "People would not be able to make any excuses. I'm not saying we would have won, but nobody could have blamed it on the weather."
It was a great pitching duel between Boggs and Mundy's Mill's ace Jerek Wright, who was at 82 pitches. Wright gave up only six hits, three coming in the third. Boggs, a sophomore, had a two-hitter going.
"I wish we could have finished it," Jonesboro coach Dan Maehlman said. "It was a good baseball game, regardless of the rain. There were two really good pitchers going after it."
During fielding practice before the game, Maehlman became disappointed in his team and ordered them to do windsprints in the outfield. That motivation seemed to have worked.
The first-year coach praised the effort from Boggs, who threw around 50 pitches in the game.
"Dustin is a heck of a baseball player," Maehlman said. "He had that look in his eye. He was all business, which is unusual because his such a joyful kid. He was on lockdown and focus."
This was the Tigers' second loss in the last eight days after going on a six-game winning streak. Mundy's Mill still remains in the driver's seat in the region standings heading into the final two weeks of the season.
"The bats weren't hitting like they usually are," Mundy's Mill catcher Robert Bell said. "He (Boggs) was a good pitcher. You got to give it to him."