Nanih Waiya begins softball playoffs this week

By Austin Bishop
The Winston County Journal

The Nanih Waiya softball team began this week in a holding pattern as
the Lady Warriors waited to see who they would play in the MHSAA
Class 1A State Fast-Pitch Softball Playoffs and when that best-of-
three series would begin.

Due to weather problems, the deciding third game of the play-in
series between Salem and Hartfield Academy was set for Tuesday.

Tentatively, the Lady Warriors are set to travel to the winner of
that series on Thursday for the first game of a best two-out-of-three
series, with the second and third games (if necessary) set for Nanih
Waiya on Friday.

Nanih Waiya, now 17-6 on the season, used a 4-1 win over visiting
Noxapater last Tuesday to clinch the top spot in the district and a
first-round bye. The Lady Warriors then traveled to Newton County
High School on Saturday where they lost to Philadelphia 5-4 and New
Hope 6-0.

Brantlie Sheets struck out 10, while walking just two and allowing
four hits to pick up the win on the mound for the Lady Warriors
against Noxapater. Bridget Hunt had a single and triple to lead NW at
the plate, while Megan Robinson and Kara Lane Nowell had a hit each.

Philadelphia held on to take a tight win over Nanih Waiya in the Lady
Warriors’ first game of the day on Saturday.

Reagan Holdiness had a triple and single to lead Nanih Waiya
offensively in the game, while Robinson had two hits and Sheets had
two RBIs. Kara Lane Nowell added a double for the winners, while
Kaytlyn Burrage and Marlee Parkes had a single each.

New Hope scored four runs in the second and two more in the seventh
to take a 6-0 win over Nanih Waiya in Saturday’s second game.

Burrage, Parkes, Mackenzie Johnson and Livia Bush had a single each
for Nanih Waiya in the game.