Fast-Pitch State Championships Day Two Recap

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2A Championship Game 2: Philadelphia 10, Enterprise 0

The Tornadoes scored three runs in the first inning against Enterprise on Monday. That was more than enough for starting pitcher Nia Luckett to work with.

The Philadelphia ace threw six shutout innings and struck out eight Enterprise batters in a 10-0 victory in game two of the 2A Championship series at Nusz Park in Starkville.

"I've been thinking about game two over the weekend," Luckett said. "I knew we could come out and win it, because last year, we lost the first game of a series then came back and won two in a row. This is a repeat."

Offensively, the Tornadoes were powered by several contributors at the plate. Six different Philadelphia players had an RBI in Monday's win, with Allyson Davis leading the team with three.

"Pitching, hitting, defense. Everything came through today," said Philadelphia head coach David Frey. "I knew on the bus ride here it was going to be a good day. They were serious, no talking. They had their mind set today, and it looked that way on the field."

On the other side, Enterprise was stunted behind the magnificent pitching of Philadelphia's Luckett. The Bulldogs were hitless until a Haley Stockman single put EHS in the hit column. While the Enterprise pitching couldn't stop the Tornadoes offense, allowing 10 runs on nine hits, while walking five batters.

"We weren't ready to play," said Enterprise head coach Davey Dewitt. "We were not prepared as soon as we stepped out onto the field. I guess we thought they were going to roll over, and they didn't."

Enterprise and Philadelphia will face off in a winner-take-all game three Tuesday at Nusz Park with first pitch at 1:20 p.m.


3A Championship Game 1: South Pontotoc 7, Choctaw Central 6

In a back-and-forth battle with South Pontotoc in the first game of the 3A championship series, a throwing error has Choctaw Central on the verge of seeing its season come to an end.

An errant throw in the ninth inning allowed the Cougars to score the game-winning run in Monday's contest with the Warriors at the Southern Miss Softball Complex, ending an extra inning battle that gives the Cougars a 1-0 series lead.

Choctaw took an early lead in the third inning, scoring three runs on four straight hits to jump ahead on South Pontotoc, 4-1. That score held until the 7th inning, when Cougars freshman Rebekah Pilcher delivered a two-out, bases-clearing RBI triple to tie the game.

The Warriors kept Pilcher from scoring and responded with two runs of their own in the top of the 8th, which South Pontotoc answered with two of its own to send the game to another inning. The Cougars would end it with a walk-off error in the bottom of the ninth to take game one from Choctaw Central.

The two teams will meet again in Hattiesburg on Tuesday, 30 minutes after that conclusion of the 1A Championship game between Smithville and Vardaman.


5A Championship Game 1: Neshoba Central 4, Wayne County 3

An unfamiliar situation greeted Trae Embry's Neshoba Central Rockets entering the bottom of the sixth inning of Monday's opening game of the 5A championship series.

His team behind on the scoreboard.

Wayne County took advantage of two Aspen Wesley wild pitches to add to a late lead over the Rockets, leading 3-0 heading into the final stretch of game one Monday night.

Neshoba never panicked and responded with two runs of its own to trim the deficit to one going into the final frame. Wesley threw a scoreless seventh inning and set the stage for the Rockets to take game one with a walk-off hit.

Hama’ya Fielder started the inning by drawing a four-pitch walk, moving into scoring position after Tenly Grisham beat out a bunt to put two runners on with nobody out. Following a Elleigh Willis sacrifice bunt, Rivers Gray delivered her second RBI of the night with a fielder's choice scoring Fielder and tying the game at 3-3.

With two outs and the winning run just 90 feet away, Tori Henderson crushed a walk-off double to give the Rockets a dramatic game one victory over the War Eagles in Hattiesburg Monday night.

Neshoba Central will hope to add another title to its trophy case Tuesday night when they go for the sweep against Wayne County. First pitch will be 30 minutes after the conclusion of the 3A championship game between Choctaw Central and South Pontotoc.