Choctaw Central’s Tia’Rain Saunders winds up for a pitch against Columbia last Monday in softball playoff action.


Photo by Bradley Isaac Jr.
Choctaw Central’s Tia’Rain Saunders winds up for a pitch against Columbia last Monday in softball playoff action. Photo by Bradley Isaac Jr.
 The Choctaw Central Lady Warrior fast-pitch softball team saw their 2018 season come to an end Monday night when they dropped a 5-2 decision to Raleigh in the Class 3A South State fast-pitch softball playoffs.

Raleigh won the first game Friday at Choctaw Central, 13-5. Monday, the Lady Lions completed the sweep with a 5-2 victory. The Lady Warriors finished the season with an 18-2 record.

“We left the bases loaded twice in the second game,” Coach Aaron Terrell said. “We just couldn’t get the timely hits when we needed them.”

 

Third round series

The Lady Warriors advanced to the South State championship by defeating Columbia in the third round earlier last week. The Lady Warriors won the first game which was played at Choctaw last Monday, 10-3. The series moved to Columbia where the Lady Wildcats won game two 7-5. A third game followed with the Lady Warriors winning that one 16-4.

The Lady Warriors got off to a fast start in the first game of the series as they scored four in the first, two in the second, three in the third and one in the seventh. Columbia answered with two in the third and one in the seventh.

Tia’Rain Saunders was the winning pitcher.

The Lady Warriors pounded out 10 hits. India Samuels hit a triple while Lachrisha Williams hit a double. Darien Tubby and Iris Farve both had two hits while Leia Phillips, Mayia Joe and Lauren Ben all hit a single.

Columbia scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh to defeat the Lady Warriors 7-5 and claim the second game. Iris Farve took the pitching loss.

Both teams had seven hits. Phillips led with three hits. Tubby hit a double while Farve, Maiya Joe and Williams all hit a single.

The Lady Warriors bounced back in the third game to blow Columbia out in five innings.

Tia’Rain Saunders was the winning pitcher. She helped her cause at the plate with two hits while scoring three runs and knocking in two RBIs.

Williams hit a home run and a double. She scored two runs and knocked in two more.

Tubby hit a triple and a double. Maiya Joe and Phillips both hit a double. Samuel and Ciji Vaughn both hit a single.

 

South State finals

Raleigh took the lead in the third inning and held on to win game one 13-5. The Lady Lions scored four in the second, three in the third and six in the sixth. Choctaw Central answered with one in the first, three in the second and one in the fourth.

Farve took the pitching loss.

Raleigh had a 10-8 edge at the plate.

Darien Tubby hit a home run, a double and a single. She scored two runs and knocked in two RBIs. Saunders hit a triple while Williams had two hits. Phillips and Taelor York both hit a single.

The Lady Warriors would leave nine potential runs stranded in game two as they lost a 5-2 decision to Raleigh.

Saunders took the pitching loss. Tubby had two hits while Saunders, Joe and York all had one.