Choctaw Central defeated South Pontotoc 3-2 in nine innings in game two Tuesday afternoon and forced a game three in the Class 3A fast-pitch softball championship series.

In the first game, the Lady Warriors saw their lead slip away as they dropped a 7-6 decision to South Pontotoc. That game was played on Monday.

The Mississippi High School Activities Association held the state championship series for the 1A, 3A and 5A classifications in Hattiesburg at the University of Southern Mississippi. The games were postponed from last week because of rain.

Choctaw Central, 17-17, was to have played South Pontotoc in game three on Tuesday afternoon, which was past The Neshoba Democrat’s printing deadline. See the final score on The Neshoba Democrat Facebook page and a full story in next week’s edition.

In game one, Choctaw Central got on the scoreboard in the top of the first when Kodi Jimmie knocked in Malaka Morris. But South Pontotoc scored a run in the bottom half of the first and the score was tied at 1-1.

The Lady Warriors added three runs in the top of the third when Tia’Rain Saunders, Melanian Jimmie and Ahnaya Williams all knocked in runs to make the score 4-1.

And that’s how it stood until the bottom of the seventh. With two outs, South Pontotoc plated three runs to tie the game at 4-4.

Choctaw Central came back in the top of the eighth inning to score two runs. Tyra Billy walked. She scored on Saunders’ hit. Saunders then came in on Williams’ hit and the Lady Warriors led 6-4. But South Pontotoc would score twice in the bottom half of the eight to tie the game. They then scored in the bottom of the ninth to take the victory.

 Saunders pitched eight innings with Neera Bell finishing the game.

“We got the lead and then we got too comfortable,” said Coach Mercedes Cotton. “But we have been down 0-1 in the playoffs and have come back.

“We made too many errors but we can come back tomorrow. We will be ok.”