Philadelphia’s Makayla Evans is safe at second base against Enterprise on Thursday.
Philadelphia’s Makayla Evans is safe at second base against Enterprise on Thursday.
The Philadelphia Lady Tornadoes are state champions! The Lady Tornadoes defeated Enterprise 1-0 Tuesday afternoon to take game three and claim the Mississippi High School Activities Association’s Class 2A fast-pitch softball state championship.

After ending the regular season with a shutout win over Neshoba Central, the Philadelphia Lady Tornadoes had been on a roll.

That ended on Thursday with an 8-4 loss to Enterprise in the opening round of the Class 2A state championship series.  After three days off because of rain, the Lady Tornadoes responded with a 10-0 win over Enterprise on Monday to force a deciding game 3 on Tuesday. Philadelphia would score one run in the sixth and that’s what it to claim the Gold Glove.

Head coach David Frey, who is also serving as the school’s football coach, said he saw a totally different team in game 2 than he saw in game 1.

“It was a totally different team today,” Frey said after game two. “You could tell they were more focused today coming up on the bus and warming up. That loss in game 1 was a real wake-up call. We hadn’t lost since we beat Neshoba. We were on a good streak and sometimes you think you can’t get beat when you are playing well. We just weren’t focused in game 1 and made a lot of mental errors. We didn’t have those mental errors in game 1 and it was a totally different team.”

In game 2, the Lady Tornadoes did what they do, get the top of the lineup on base and run the bases. Junior Nia Luckett was 2-for-3 with three runs scored and two RBIs including a home run and a stolen base. On the mound, Luckett was dominant as she pitched all six inning, allowing just one hit and walking four while striking out eight.

“Nia was dominant today,” Frey said. “She showed up big-time today. She was hitting her spots well today where she was missing them the other day. And once we get her on base, she is going to score. We didn’t do that in game 1. If she gets on, we can run the bases and put pressure on the other team and that’s what we did today.”

The Lady Tornadoes did just that as they scored three runs in the first inning as the first three batters reached as Luckett walked, Ndrah Tanksley reached on an error and Tyesha Cole walked and all three scored.

The Lady Tornadoes added two more in the top of the fourth when Zharia Jordan walked and Luckett hit a two-run home run to take a 5-0 lead. The Lady Tornadoes added one in the fifth and four more in the sixth while Luckett shut the Lady Bulldogs down to take the win. 

“If we get the lead, I’m going to run the bases,” Frey said. “I’m going to try and put pressure on the other team. Once I get the lead, I might make some dumb calls but I’m going to run the bases and try to force the other team to make some mistakes.”

Cole also had a big day at the plate, going 2-for-3 with three runs scored while Alyson Davis was 2-for-3 with three RBIs. Tanksley had a double and scored two runs while Kamryn Moore singled and had two RBIs.