The Philadelphia Lady Tornadoes may have split the two games they played last week.

But they won the one that really counted. After dropping a 5-4 decision to Northwest Rankin, the Lady Tornadoes bounced back to stop Southeast Lauderdale 5-1 in their Region 5-3A opener.

"That was a big win for us," said Coach Austin McNair. "It's good to get your first region win."

The Lady Tornadoes entered the week with an 11-4 record. They were to host Newton County on Tuesday and then close out the week on the road. They play a double-header at Newton High School on Friday and then play two games Saturday. They travel to Kosciusko for a game to be play at 1 p.m., and then move on to Nanih Waiya with games set for 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.

The Lady Tornadoes saw victory slip through their fingers at Northwest Rankin as the Lady Cougars scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh on an in-the-park home run.

Precious Sanders led the Lady Tornadoes with a double and a single. Other hitters for Philadelphia were Lateshia Carter, Jada White, K.K. Bounds, Dana Anderson, Sydney Battle and Precious Moore, who all hit singles.

Against Southeast Lauderdale, the Lady Tornadoes scored two in the fourth, one in the fifth and two in the sixth. Southeast Lauderdale scored one run in the seventh inning. Caitlyn Dickerson was the winning pitcher.

Philadelphia finished with six hits. Dickerson hit a triple and two singles while Carter had two hits and Sanders belted a triple.