Warriors begin playoff trek against Cathedral on Wednesday

By Austin Bishop
The Winston County Journal

The Nanih Waiya baseball team has most definitely been there and done
that. Head coach Tyler Rogers is counting on that experience making a
difference as the Warriors begin their journey in the MHSAA Class 1A
State Playoffs this week by taking on a familiar foe in Natchez
Cathedral.
The Warriors are two-time defending champions in Class 1A, but last
year’s journey was not an easy one.
“Nothing we did last year was easy,” Rogers said. “I believe that
experience is going to keep them from being too relaxed. We know we
are going to have to come out and play every game and can’t take
anything for granted.”
And while Natchez Cathedral just finished third in its division,
Rogers said he is not going to be deceived by that in the least.
“I still expect them to play hard and to be strong,” he said. “They
have been mighty good in the past few years and play the game the
right way.”
Another thing that has Rogers a little concerned is the physical
strength of his squad. Several players, including key pitchers Colby
Eaves and Luke Rosamond, were hit by a virus a couple of weeks ago
that has sapped a little strength.
“Both of those guys lost 10 pounds and are trying to work back into
shape,” Rogers said. “We need for them to have their strength back as
we begin this run.”
The Warriors are set to host Cathedral at 4 p.m. Wednesday, before
traveling to Natchez game on Thursday at 5 p.m.. If the teams split
the first two games, then game three will be at Nanih Waiya with at 5
p.m.
The 19-5 Warriors closed out the regular season with a 14-4 win over
Scott Central last Tuesday. Eaves got the win on the mound with six
strikeouts, while Eaves, Stewart Ball and Peyton Jones each had a
double for the winners.