By Rocky Higginbotham
Winston County Journal
Nanih Waiya’s softball team faced some stiff — and big-school — competition last week on the diamond, and lost three of four contests.
After opening the week with a 10-0 loss to Class 4A Kosciusko on Tuesday, Nanih Waiya rebounded nicely and whipped French Camp Academy 13-2 on Thursday. Saturday, they ventured to Union for tournament action, where they fell 13-2 and 13-4 to tradition-rich programs Union and Newton County.
This week, coach Jaimee Childs’ team was scheduled to host Ethel on Tuesday and go to Kosciusko on Thursday. Next week, they’ll participate in the Clarkdale Spring Fling Tournament at Northeast Park in Meridian.
Against Kosciusko last Tuesday, the Lady Warriors managed just two hits against winning pitcher Katie Lawrence, who struck out 12.
Dallyn Nance singled and had a pair of stolen bases for Nanih Waiya, while Savanna Watkins had the team’s other hit. Nance also went the distance in the circle, giving up seven earned runs in the loss.
Thursday, Nanih Waiya rolled to an easy win over French Camp. The Lady Warriors scored three times in the second inning to snap a 1-1 tie, got five runs in the third and four more in the fourth.
Kaylee Gregory was 2-for-2 with a triple and four RBIs and Hannah Higginbotham was 2-for-2 with a triple, three runs scored and a pair of stolen bases to lead Nanih Waiya.
The Lady Warriors collected 10 hits and took advantage of six FCA errors. Nance had a single, three runs, an RBI and a couple of stolen bases; Victoria Luke singled, scored twice and had an RBI; Brianna Young singled, scored and drove in one; Caitlyn Bell and Gabby Keel both singled and scored; Hope Thames had one hit; and both Watkins and Ashley Higginbotham scored once.
In their first game Saturday at Union, the Lady Warriors scored twice in the top of the first inning — only to see the host Lady Yellowjackets erupt for 10 runs in the home half of the same inning to take control.
Hannah Higginbotham was 2-for-2 with a run scored and Thames doubled and drove in a run to lead Nanih Waiya. Nance singled and scored, Luke was 1-for-1 and Gregory had an RBI. Nance took the pitching loss.
In their second game against Class 4A powerhouse Newton County, Nanih Waiya fell behind 5-0 in the first inning. The Lady Warriors were down 12-0 before scratching out three runs in the third.
Nance was 2-for-2 with two RBIs, a run and two stolen bases to lead Nanih Waiya. Gregory, who took the pitching loss, singled and scored. Luke had one hit and Hannah Higginbotham had an RBI, while Watkins and Bell both scored.