Choctaw Central split with Philadelphia High School this past week and earned a place in the State Class 3A slow-pitch softball playoffs for the second year in a row.

Southeast Lauderdale won the Region 5-3A championship. The Lady Tigers split with Choctaw Central and swept Philadelphia.

When the Lady Tornadoes and Lady Warriors played two games last week, Choctaw Central needed one victory to make the playoffs as the second place team out of the region. Philadelphia needed two victories.

The issue was settled in the first meeting as Choctaw Central took a 3-1 win. Philadelphia came back to win the second game, 6-1, and finished the season with a 14-8 record.

Choctaw Central, now 17-9, will play at St. Patrick in the first round on Tuesday.

"We lost seven starters from last year and I'm really proud of the way our girls came together and played this year," Choctaw Central coach Aaron Terrell said. "We are looking forward to the playoffs and hope to go deep. We'll take it round by round."

Betty Mingo knocked in the winning runs for the Lady Warriors in the first game. Choctaw Central scored one in the second and two in the top of the seventh. Philadelphia's run came in the bottom of the seventh.

Mingo, Candace Jefferson and Brooklyn Bell all led Choctaw Central with two hits each. K.K. Bounds, Precious Moore and Letesha Carter all had two hits for the Lady Tornadoes while Jada White hit a double.

In the second game, the Lady Tornadoes scored two in the fifth, two in the sixth and one in the seventh. Choctaw Central's run came in the second.

Carter went 3-for-3 to lead the Lady Tornadoes. Bell and Meshayla McMillan both had two hits for the Lady Warriors.