By Austin Bishop
The Winston County Journal
Storms that ripped through Mississippi forced the Lady Warriors of Nanih Waiya High School to play their second and third round series in the MHSAA 1A Fast-Pitch Softball Playoffs on back-to-back-to-back days without a day off.
The Lady Warriors swept a doubleheader from Pelahatchie on Thursday in second-round action before dropping consecutive games to Bogue Chitto on Friday and Saturday to end their season.
Ryan Holdiness fired a five-inning perfect game in the 11-0 win over Pelahatchie, striking out nine hitters in the process. Brantlie Sheets banged out four singles and drove in three runs for the winners, while Ashely Thames drilled a triple, double and single and knocked in three runs. Marlee Parkes had a triple and single for the winners, while Ryan Holdiness popped a double and a single and Reagan Holdiness added a two-bagger. Also picking up hits for NW were Hope Thames and Livia Bush.
Thursday’s second game saw Sheets strike out four and toss a two-hitter in an 11-1 win. Ryan Holdiness blasted three doubles and drove in three runs to lead the Lady Warriors, while Krysten Eaves had two doubles and Parkes popped a pair of hits and knocked in four runs. Hope Thames had a double for NW, while Ashley Thames and Bush had a single each.
Friday saw Bogue Chitto take a 13-6 road win,then back that up with a 5-3 home win on Saturday to improve to 27-6 on the season. NW ended the year at 17-12.
Nanih Waiya held a 3-2 lead after three innings in the first game, before Bogue Chitto picked up five runs in the fourth and five more in the sixth to take control of the contest.
Ryan Holdiness popped a homer in the game for NW, while Hope Thames had two hits and Parkes, Ashley Thames, Eaves, Bush, Sheets and Reagan Holdiness had a single each.
Saturday’s game saw Bogue Chitto bang out five hits, while holding Nanih waiya to just one. Hope Thames had a single for NW in the contest.