Philadelphia sweeps Eupora to advance to 2A Fast-Pitch Softball State Championship

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PHILADELPHIA, Miss. -- Not many teams have been able to touch the Philadelphia Tornadoes since the 2A Fast-Pitch Softball playoffs began on April 22nd.

David Frey's team has outscored opponents 41-7 since the first round of the playoffs, winning six games in a row to advance to the program's first state championship game since 2016. Philadelphia defeated Ingomar, East Webster, and Eupora to a clinch a spot in the 2A championship series next week in Starkville.

"They love softball, they work hard, and they want to win," said Tornadoes softball head coach David Frey. "They know they can play for a state championship."

The Tornadoes last appearance in the championships series came in 2016 when Philadelphia was 3A, losing in two games to Mooreville that season. PHS beat the Troopers in two games the season before to win the 2015 3A state championship.

In the North state championship series, the Tornadoes defeated Eupora on the road to take a 1-0 series lead on Thursday night. In Friday's decisive game two, Philadelphia took an early lead and never trailed to clinch the series against the Eagles.

Philadelphia awaits the winner of Enterprise and Taylorsville in the South state championship series. They will play at 1:30 P.M. at Nusz Park on the campus of Mississippi State.