Lady Warriors clinch Class 3A state playoff spot
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 1:00 AM
The Choctaw Central Lady Warriors have earned a place in the Class 3A state fast-pitch softball playoffs.
The only question that remains is whether they go in as the No. 2 team or the No. 3 team from Region 5-3A. The playoffs start Friday.
Fresh off of Monday night's 2-0 win over the Southeast Lauderdale Lady Tigers, Choctaw Central finds itself in a must-win situation Thursday when they play host to Philadelphia. The Lady Tornadoes are 5-0 in the region standings and have already clinched first place.
Choctaw Central enters the game with a 12-8 overall record and 3-2 record in the region standings. If they win, they are the second place team. A loss would put them in a tie with Southeast Lauderdale which holds the edge in a tie-breaker.
"If we win, we'll be on the road Friday night and host two games on Saturday," Coach Aaron Terrell said. "If not, we'll play the first game at home and travel on Saturday. We have a lot to play for this week."
Choctaw Central scored both of its runs against Southeast Lauderdale in the second inning. Betty Mingo struck out six batters and was the winning pitcher. Lashala McMillan finished with two hits while Kristen Jones, Brooklyn Bell and Darian Tubby all had two hits.
The Lady Warriors went 2-1 last week. They defeated Newton High School 18-5 and Louisville 15-3 but lost a 6-4 decision to Philadelphia.
Against Newton High, the Lady Warriors scored four in the first, seven in the second, four in the third and three in the fourth. The Lady Tigers answered with two in the first, two in the third and one in the fourth.
Precious Favre led the Lady Warriors with a double and a single while Tubby and Raina King both added two singles. Jasmine Hickman was the winning pitcher with four strike outs.
Philadelphia built on an early lead and held off the Lady Warriors in the end. Mingo hit a triple to lead the Lady Warriors while Favre and King both added a single.
Choctaw Central took the early lead on Louisville as they scored six in the first, four in the second, one in the one in the third and four in the sixth. Louisville answered with two in the first and one in the fourth. Mingo was the winning pitcher with six strike outs.
Bell led with two singles and a double while Favre hit three singles. King added a double and a single.