The Philadelphia baseball team scored in the early innings and held on as the Tornadoes defeated Choctaw Central 3-0 last week.

The Tornadoes improved to 2-2 in the Region 5-3A standings with the win. Philadelphia scored two runs in the first inning and one in the third.

Johntreal Pickens was the winning pitcher while Brandon Kennedy took the loss. Pickens has 11 strikeouts and allowed four hits while Kennedy gave up two hits and had nine strike outs.

"It was a huge win for us," Tornado Coach Cody Freeman said. "It keeps us alive in the region playoff picture."

Pickens and Fent Mars picked up Philadelphia's two hits. Jason McMillan, Dylan Wheeler, Devin Clark and Brian Farmer all picked up singles for Choctaw Central.

It was the only game Philadelphia played last week. The Tornadoes host Neshoba Central this Saturday at noon at Burnside Park. Philadelphia will then travel to Leake County for another game later in the day.

Choctaw Central, meanwhile, bounced back to defeat Newton 13-1.

Choctaw Central scored three in the first, seven in the second, two in the third and one in the fourth.

Dylan Wheeler was the winning pitcher. He had nine strikeouts and gave up two hits.

The Warriors finished with 12hits. Wheeler hit three doubles and brought in four runs. McMillan went three-for-three and scored three runs. Kennedy added a double and a single and two RBIs. Dakota Kennedy had two hits and two RBIs.

The Warriors improve to 4-4 overall and 2-2 in the region. Choctaw Central was to visit Southeast Lauderdale on Monday and Forest on Tuesday.