By Austin Bishop
The Winston County Journal
As of Tuesday morning the Lady Warriors of Nanih Waiya High School were still waiting to see when their MHSAA Class 1A State Fast-Pitch Playoff series against Pelahatchie would start.
The series was set to begin on Monday, but a series of devastating storms that tore through both Winston and Rankin counties has put athletics on the back burner. Nanih Waiya school officials said on Tuesday that the best-of-three series could possibly begin on Thursday.
By virtue of winning the region championship, Nanih Waiya had a first-round bye last week while Pelahatchie had to win a series against Resurrection to advance to the second round.
Nanih Waiya closed out their region schedule with an 18-0, 9-0 doubleheader sweep of West Lowndes on Tuesday, before hosting Class 4A power Newton County for a doubleheader on Friday. The visiting Lady Cougars won those games 8-2 and 9-5.
Nanih Waiya banged out 13 hits in the first win over West Lowndes with Ashley Thames smacking a double, Brantlie Sheets ripping two doubles and Krysten Eaves collecting a double and a single. Sheets and Eaves had four RBIs each, while Marlee Parkes drove in a trio of runs.
Meagan Johnson had three hits for the winners, while Parkes had two singles and Hope Thames had a double and single. Ryan Holdiness also singled for the winners, while Sheets struck out seven and didn’t allow a hit to pick up the win.
The second game saw Ryan Holdiness pop a single and triple and drive in three runs to lead the winners, while Parkes, Johnson and Sheets had a hit each.
Newton County scored three runs in the fifth and two in the seventh to break open a 3-2 contest and take the opener of Friday’s doubleheader. Parkes led Nanih Waiya with three singles, while Sheets had a double and single and Johnson, Livia Bush and Reagan Holdiness had a single each.
NCHS scored four in the first inning and four in the forth, before NW rallied late in the second game.
All six of Nanih Waiya’s hits were for extra bases in the game. Ryan Holdiness had a pair of doubles and three RBIs, while Parkes tripled and Johnson, Hope Thames and Reagan Holdiness each doubled.