STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Once again, Philadelphia pitcher Nia Luckett was near-perfect against the Enterprise offense at Nusz Park on Tuesday.
The Junior ace threw a shutout for the second day in a row, leading the Tornadoes to a 1-0 victory over the Bulldogs to clinch the 2A fast-pitch State Championship.
Both starting pitchers got off to hot starts, with neither Luckett nor Enterprise starter Emma Herrington allowing a run through the first five innings of game three. The Bulldogs had an opportunity to strike first in the fifth, loading the bases with just one out. Luckett forced Haley Stockman to pop out to third base, then struck out Sarah Brannan to escape the inning unscathed.
PHS opened the top of the sixth with back-to-back singles to put runners on first and second with nobody out. An Enterprise throwing error would score the first and only run of the afternoon for either team.
Enterprise had one last chance to tie the game in the top of the seventh. Shawanda Gray was hit by a pitch to open the inning, advancing to second on a wild pitch. She would advance no further with Stockman grounding out to Luckett to end the game.
This is the first fast-pitch title for Philadelphia since 2015.