Lady Tornadoes wrap up region title with win
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 1:00 AM
The Philadelphia Lady Tornadoes have captured the Region 5-3A fast-pitch softball championship for the second year in a row.
The Lady Tornadoes took wins over Southeast Lauderdale 8-2 and Choctaw Central 6-4 to wrap up the regular season championship. The Lady Tornadoes stand at 5-0 in the region standings and close out their regular season at Choctaw Central on Thursday.
Philadelphia went 4-0 last week as they also defeated Northwest Rankin 5-1 and Union6-3.
"This is a great accomplishment for our program," Philadelphia Head Coach Austin McNair said. "The girls have worked hard and I'm proud of them. Now we are ready to take this to the next level."
The Lady Tornadoes entered the week with a 20-4 record. Philadelphia earned a first round bye in the playoffs, which start Friday. They will play a couple of other area region champs this Saturday at Newton County. Philadelphia takes on Nanih Waiya at 10 a.m. and the host Lady Cougars at 2 p.m.
Caitlyn Dickerson was the winning pitcher in all four of last week's games. She finished the week with 21 strike outs.
The Lady Tornadoes went up early in their game against Southeast Lauderdale, scoring three in the first, one in the second, one in the third, one in the fifth and two in the seventh. Southeast Lauderdale scored one in the third and one in the sixth.
Philadelphia had an 8-2 hitting edge. Alyssa Davis hit a triple while Kambresha Griffin and K.K. Bounds both added a double.
The Lady Tornadoes again took the early lead against Choctaw Central, scoring three in the first, one in the fourth and two in the fifth. Choctaw Central answered with two in the third and two in the seventh.
Davis and Jada White both hit a double.
The Lady Tornadoes outhit Northwest Rankin 7-3 to take the victory. Philadelphia scored two in the third and three in the fourth. The Lady Cougars answered with one in the second.
Precious Sanders went 3-for-3 at the plate. Dickerson hit a triple and White added a double.
The Lady Tornadoes wrapped up the week Saturday with a road victory at Union. Philadelphia scored two in the first, two in the third, one in the fifth and one in the seventh. Union scored two in the third and one in the seventh.
Precious Moore, Davis and Bounds all connected on a triple while Latesha Carter and White both hit a double.