Lady Chargers remain positive after home loss

Choctaw County's Akira Taylor pauses between pitches on Friday.
Staff Writer

Choctaw County softball coach Lance Thomas knows that playing non-division teams like Philadelphia on Friday will make his Lady Chargers better.

Even though Choctaw County lost a 5-0 decision at home to the Lady Tornadoes, Thomas was not discouraged.

It has been a good season for the Lady Chargers, who stand 7-0 in Class 3A, Region 5 going into Monday's key division game against Charleston.

With the loss, Choctaw County saw its records fall to 9-4 overall, but takes a 7-0 division mark into the Charleston game.

"Our season this year has been a lot of rainouts and we've had a lot of injuries," Thomas said. "We've played well at times, but I feel really good about our district. If we win Monday, we win our district, but playing (Philadelphia) and the way we played (Friday), I feel really good about it."

The game was scoreless for five innings, but Philadelphia broke through with a pair of runs in the sixth inning off Lady Charger pitcher Akira Taylor.

In the seventh inning, the Lady Tornadoes put up three insurance runs to make the situation difficult on Choctaw County.

Taylor went the distance in the circle for the Lady Chargers and Thomas thought she handled herself well as a ninth grader against a very tough opponent.

"I'm really happy," Thomas said. "I think this was her first full game and she did well."

Philadelphia kept the Choctaw County offense at bay as Allie Brown's fourth inning single was the only hit for the Lady Chargers.