The Choctaw Central Lady Warriors will have their work cut out for them this weekend when they battle two-time defending state Class 3A championship for the South State fast-pitch softball championship.

The Lady Warriors entered the week with an 18-7 record after sweeping Sumrall and Franklin County to advance to the South State series.

Choctaw Central started the week with a 10-3 win over Sumrall in game one. On Thursday, they stopped the Lady Bobcats 10-6.

They then advanced to play Franklin County. On Friday, Choctaw Central took a 6-1 win in game one. On Saturday, they took care of business on the road, winning game two 7-1.

"I was worried about us being tired on Saturday, especially after a three-hour bus trip," Coach Aaron Terrell said. "But our girls played hard and won the series in two games.

"Now we are going to have our work cut out for us. I think St. Patrick has a 25-3 record and they are very good. We are going to have to play at our best to beat them."

Choctaw Central will host the first game of the series on Friday. They travel to St. Patrick on the Coast on Saturday for games two and three, if necessary.

Choctaw Central vs. Sumrall

Game One

Lady Warriors 10

Sumrall 3

The Lady Warriors opened the series by outhitting Sumrall 14-4.

Choctaw Central scored three in the second, four in the third, two in the sixth and one in the seventh. Sumrall answered with two in the first and one in the seventh.

Jasmine Hickman was the winning pitcher. She had six strikeouts.

Betty Mingo hit a home run to spark the Lady Warriors while Brooklyn Bell added a double. Raina King and Lashayla McMillan both had two hits.

Game Two

Lady Warriors 10

Sumrall 6

The Lady Warriors pulled ahead in the middle innings to wrap up the sweep of the series.

Choctaw Central scored one in the first, three in the third, five in the fourth and one in the sixth. Sumrall answered with one in the first, one in the fifth and four in the sixth.

Hickman was the winning pitcher. She had two strike outs.

The Lady Warriors had a 12-7 hitting edge. Brooklyn Bell led with three singles whjile Jada Sockey hit a double and a single and Darin Tubby had two singles.

Choctaw Central vs. Franklin County

Game One

Lady Warriors 6

Franklin County 1

A big second inning turned out to be the difference as the Lady Warriors eased past Franklin County.

Choctaw Central scored one in the first, four in the second and one in the sixth. Franklin County's run came in the third inning.

Betty Mingo was the winning pitcher. She had six strikeouts.

Bell hit two singles and Mingo added a double.

Game Two

Lady Warriors 7

Franklin County 1

Mingo finished with eight strike outs while the Lady Warrior defense limited Franklin County to three hits and one run.

Choctaw Central scored two in the second and five in the third. Franklin County's run came in the seventh inning.

Tubby and Hickman both had two singles each to lead the Lady Warriors.