By Austin Bishop
The Winston county Journal
It was a moment they had waited for with anticipation.
After winning the MHSAA Class 1A Fast-Pitch Softball State Championship last spring, the Nanih Waiya Lady Warriors were presented with their rings on Friday night in a special ceremony before the NW-East Oktibbeha football game.
Among those picking up their state championship jewelry were Bridget Hunt and Megan Robinson, who along with Kara Lane Nowell, were seniors on last year’s squad.
Robinson remembered her feelings as the Lady Warriors swept West Union 13-7 and 15-6 in the finals in Ridgeland to win the title. “I was shocked,” Robinson said. “I was like ‘Is this really happening?’ Once the playoffs started I thought we could win it.”
“It was unreal,” Hunt said. “When people bring it up, I just smile.”
The Lady Warriors won eight of the nine games they played in the playoffs, dropping only a 12-4 decision to Sebastopol in the second round. But the Lady Warriors took a 7-4 win in the third and deciding game to move to the South State finals, where they won a pair of nail biters over Bogue Chitto — 3-1 and 1-0 to reach the championship series against West Union.
NW takes tight win over Kosciusko
The Lady Warriors scored three runs in the first inning and three more in the third, then held off a late Kosciusko rally to take a 6-5 win in slow-pitch softball action on Monday night.
Reagan Holdiness drove in a pair of runs in the first inning and later scored on a triple to left-center by Kaytlyn Burrage. In the third inning Krysten Eaves scored on a sacrifice fly by Holdiness and Chelsea Smith drove in a pair of runs with a double off the wall in left.
Kosy scored two runs in the second, one in the fifth and one in the sixth. NW snuffed out a Kosciusko scoring opportunity in the third when Marlee Parkes made a strong throw to the plate and Allayna Lovorn tagged out the KHS runner trying to score to end the inning.
“Defensively, each of the Lady Warriors stepped up to make a play at one point or another,” said NW head coach Courtnee Graham. “Reagan Holdiness, Marlee Parkes, and Ashley Thames all made great stops and catches in the outfield. The Kosy ladies were hitting the ball very well and it was not an option to error.”
The Lady Warriors were set to host Leake Central on Thursday, before taking part in the West Lauderdale Tournament on Saturday, then return home to host West Lowndes in a region contest on Monday.
Last week the Lady Warriors dropped a 5-3 decision to East Webster on Monday and 19-5 to West Lauderdale on Thursday.
Ryan Holdiness belted a two-run homer for NW against East Webster in the sixth inning, while Eaves doubled in Thames, who had singled, in the seventh inning.
Parkes had an RBI in the game against WL, while Ryan Holdiness, Reagan Holdiness, Smith and Burrage all had singles in the fourth inning for the Lady Warriors.