Lady Tornadoes, Lady Warriors eye playoffs
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 1:00 AM
The Choctaw Central Lady Warriors and the Philadelphia Lady Tornadoes have earned a place in the State Class 3-A fast-pitch playoffs.
How each team will be decided by Tuesday, weather permitting. The playoffs are scheduled to begin on Thursday.
Choctaw Central was in the driver's seat at the start of the week. The Lady Warriors split with Philadelphia in the two regular season game but Choctaw Central has the edge in the tie-breaker.
The Lady Warriors started the week at 6-1 in the region standings with three games left to play. They were to host Choctaw County on Monday. On Tuesday, the Lady Warriors were to travel to Raleigh for a 3:30 p.m. game, and then travel to Forest for a 6:30 p.m. game.
Philadelphia was 7-1 when the week started. The Lady Tornadoes were slated to play at Southeast Lauderdale on Monday and at Choctaw County on Tuesday.
"We have played better in the past couple of weeks," Philadelphia Coach Austin McNair said. "We will have to play it out and see where we land."
The top three teams in the region advance to the state playoffs. The first place team gets a first round bye and won't play until Monday. The second and third place teams will play a two-out-of-three game series starting Thursday. It appears one of the teams will be facing Tylertown in the first round.
The Lady Tornadoes only played one game last week as they ripped Forest 16-0. Philadelphia scored five in the first and 11 in the second to claim the win.
Macy Goldman was the winning pitcher. She had three strikeouts.
The Lady Tornadoes had six hits, Kenyatta Moore, Jada White, Autumn Davis, Sydney Battle, T.K. Cole and Goldman all had one hit.
Philadelphia entered the week with a 17-5 overall record.
Choctaw Central took a 2-1 win over Southeast Lauderdale in its only game of last week.
Southeast Lauderdale scored one run in the fourth and held on until the seventh inning when Raina King knocked in the tying run.
That sent the game into extra innings. When bases loaded, King's fly ball brought in the winning run.
Betty Mingo was the winning pitcher.
Jada Sockey hit a triple and a single while Brooklyn Bell hit two singles.
The Lady Warriors entered the week with an 11-6 record.