By Austin Bishop
The Winston County Journal
The crack of the bat and the slap of the leather at high school baseball diamonds across the county begins for real this week as Louisville, Nanih Waiya and Noxapater each officially open their 2014 seasons this weekend. Winston Academy began regular season last week and was 2-0 headed into this week’s action.
Charlie Smith is back in the saddle as head coach at Louisville High School for the third time. His Wildcats are set to begin the season with a pair of tough foes. LHS takes on South Panola at Kosciusko at 4 p.m. on Friday and then follows that up the next day with a 5 p.m. road contest at Tupelo.
The following week the ‘Cats take part in the Hatley Tournament by facing Smithville on Thursday and Mantachie and Hatley on Friday. LHS closes out the week with a road trip to Philadelphia at 3 p.m. on March 8.
Noxapater hosts the Tiger Classic on Friday and Saturday to open its season. The Tigers take on Newton at 7 p.m. on Friday and Philadelphia at 2 p.m. on Saturday. On Monday Noxapater hits the road to Ackerman to face Choctaw County at 6:30 p.m., before visiting French Camp on March 7. Noxapater takes part in the East Webster Classic on March 8 by playing Heron at 11 a.m. and Riverside at 1 p.m.
The Warriors of Nanih Waiya will also begin their season in the Tiger Classic in Noxapater this weekend. NW faces Newton High School at 4 p.m. on Friday and Philadelphia at 11 a.m. on Saturday. Nanih Waiya visits Choctaw County for a 4 p.m. game on Monday, then takes on Kosciusko in Ackerman on March 7.
Winston Academy hosts Kirk on Thursday and Hebron on Friday, before visiting Kirk on Monday and Leake on Tuesday.
Full preseason baseball previews on Louisville, Noxapater, Nanih Waiya and Winston Academy will run in next week’s edition of the Winston County Journal.