Nanih Waiya Warriors travel unchartered territory

By Austin Bishop
The Winston County Journey

Perhaps Captain James T. Kirk of the starship Enterprise should
become an honorary member of the Nanih Waiya baseball team, because
last week the Warriors certainly went “where no man has gone before.”
At least not in recent memory.

The Warriors won all four of their games last week, throwing three no-
hitters and a one-hitter in the process.

“You have to be pleased with the pitching no matter who you were
playing,” said Nanih Waiya head coach Tyler Rogers, noting that it
was two eighth graders and a freshmen who threw the no-hitters. “They
just threw strikes and that’s what we were looking for.”

The Warriors beat Weir 15-0 on Tuesday, then swept East Oktibbeha
17-0 and 16-1 on Friday, before taking a solid 6-3 win over Class 2A
East Webster on Saturday.

All those wins are big, but Nanih Waiya’s main target is Friday night
when the Warriors travel to Choctaw County to take on French Camp
Academy. The Panthers beat Nanih Waiya 3-0 earlier in the season and
are currently undefeated in district play. If Nanih Waiya wins by
three or more runs it would win the tie-breaker with FCA.

“We are just going to go and try to win the game,” Rogers said. “You
can’t worry about winning by a certain number of runs, you just need
to go and play ball. I think we are a little hungry after that loss
to them early. We have really been playing better ball since that loss.”

It was Jacob Hemphill that tossed the three-inning no-hitter in the
15-0 win over Weir, striking out six in the process. Hunter Luke
smacked a triple and double for the winners, while Tanner Dalton had
a pair of two-baggers and Colby Eaves collected two hits.

Ben Cumberland struck out five without a walk in tossing a three-
inning no-hitter in the 17-0 win over East Oktibbeha, while also
popping a double.

The nightcap saw Wyatt Ball strike out nine in recording his three-
inning no-hotter in the 16-1 win. Hunter Luke homered and Isaiah
Eiland tripled for Nanih Waiya, while Ty Higginbotham, Dalton Luke
and Zach Hanna each had a double.

Eaves struck out 14 and allowed just one hit — that coming in the
last inning — in Nanih Waiya’s win over East Webster. Luke Rosamond
had two doubles, while Dalton had a pair of singles and Stuart Ball
doubled.

Lady Warriors push their record to 14-3-1 on the season

By Austin Bishop
The Winston County Journal
The Nanih Waiya fast-pitch softball team won four of the five games
it played last week to improve it’s overall record to 14-3-1.

The Lady Warriors opened the week with a 10-5 win over county rival
Noxapater. The Lady Tigers took a 3-1 lead over NW, only to have the
Lady Warriors score four in the third and three in the fourth to gain
control of the contest.

Kara Lane Nowell belted three singles and drove in four runs to lead
NW at the plate, while Megan Robinson, Brantlie Sheets, Regan
Holdiness and Marlee Parkes added a single each. Sheets was the
winning pitcher for Nanih Waiya.

Sheets tossed a two-hitter on Friday as the Lady Warriors took a 15-0
win over Louisville thanks in part to a 10-run second inning.

Mackenzie Johnson had two singles for Nanih Waiya in the game, while
Bridget Hunt and Ryan Holdiness each had doubles and Kaytlyn Burrage,
Reagan Holdiness, Marlee Parkes and Krysten Eaves each singled.
Burrage and Ryan Holdiness had two RBIs each for the winners.

The Lady Warriors dropped a 6-3 decision to Nanih Waiya on Saturday.
The game was tied 2-2 in the fifth before the Lady Tornadoes scored
four runs in the sixth.

Robinson had two singles and two RBIs for the Lady Warriors, while
Reagan Holdiness, Sheets, and Parkes each had a single.

Sheets tossed a three-inning perfect game in a 16-0 win over West
Lowndes in the first game of a doubleheader on Monday, striking out
seven of the nine batters she faced.

Robinson had a triple and two RBIs for the winners, while Ryan
Holdiness had a double and one RBI and Reagan Holdiness had a single.

The second game saw Ryan Holdiness strike out 10 batters in just
three innings of work, tossing a no-hitter in the process.

Holdiness had a double and two RBIs for Nanih Waiya, while Robinson
had a double and Sheets popped a single.