Lady Warriors return to finals
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 1:00 AM
The Choctaw Central Lady Warriors have made it to the South State Class 3A championship finals for the third year in a row following two playoff series victories last week in girls slow-pitch softball action.
The Lady Warriors stood at 26-5 at the start of the week. They were to play Southeast Lauderdale for the third year in a row for the South State Class 3A championship. The winner will advance to the State Tournament finals on Saturday. This will be held at Freedom Ridge Park in Ridgeland. The starting time for the Class 3A games will be 3 p.m.
The Lady Warriors swept Morton the opening series last Tuesday. Choctaw Central won first game 13-5 and then took the second game 13-0. They came back and swept Wesson, 17-1 and 23-2. And without a doubt, they are swinging the bats as they belted 83 hits in four games.
"We just have to keep it up," Coach Aaron Terrell said. "We have been this far in the playoffs before and we just need to carry it the next level."
In game one against Morton, Choctaw Central scored one in the first, four in the second, two in the fourth, one in the fifth and five in the sixth. Morton answered with two in the first and three in the sixth. The Lady Warriors had a 19-6 hitting edge. Candace Jefferson hit a home run and three singles while Tiara Joe had two singles. Joe was the winning pitcher in all games.
The second game saw the Lady Warriors score five in the first, one in the second, three in the third and four in the fourth.
Choctaw Central had a 20-3 edge in hits. Hannah Hickman had two singles and a home run while Tia Amos added a double and two singles.
On Saturday, the Lady Warriors took a pair of wins over Wesson. Choctaw Central won the first game 17-1 and took game two 23-2.
The Lady Warriors banged out 18 hits in their first game win. Choctaw Central scored five in the first, six in the third and six in the fourth. Wesson scored its run in the second inning. Hannah Hickman and Raina King both led with a home run and a single.
In game two, Jonica Thomas led her team with two doubles and a single. Choctaw Central scored two in the first, two in the second, 17 in the fourth and two in the sixth. Wesson scored one in the third and one in the fourth. Choctaw Central finished with 26 hits. Darien Tubby added two singles and a double.