By Austin Bishop
The Winston County Journal
The Lady Warriors of Nanih Waiya High School were finally able to get on the field on Saturday and took advantage of their opportunity by taking a pair of wins in the Newton County High School Tournament in Decatur.
Nanih Waiya opened the event with a 7-5 win over MHSAA Class 2A Union and then followed it up with a big 10-1 victory over MHSAA Class 4A Northeast Lauderdale.
Nanih Waiya trailed 5-4 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning, but struck for three runs to take the dramatic win.
Reagan Holdiness blasted a triple and drove in two runs to lead the winners, while Marlee Parkes, Hope Thames, Ryan Holdiness, Livia Bush, Brantlie Sheets and Allayna Lovorn had a single each. Sheets was the winning pitcher, allowing just six hits and four earned runs in the contest.
The Lady Warriors scored six runs in the bottom of the third inning on the way to the solid win. Ryan Holdiness unleashed a pair of triples, drove in two runs and scored two to lead the NW offensive attack.
Thames popped a triple and drove in two runs for Nanih Waiya, while Parkes, Krysten Eaves and Sheets had a single each. Ryan Holdiness was the winning pitcher, striking out six and giving up just three hits while not allowing an earned run.
Nanih Waiya was scheduled to visit Noxapater on Tuesday, West Lauderdale on Wednesday and Meridian on Thursday. The Lady Warriors are set to host West Lowndes in a region doubleheader on Monday before hosting Neshoba Central on Tuesday.
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Nanih Waiya head coach Tyler Rogers is a stickler about his team playing with intensity no matter the level of competition it is facing.
“If you don’t go out there and play well against the weaker teams it can come back to bite you when you play better teams,” Rogers said. “If you don’t go out and play hard, the next thing you know you are just going through the motions and you get beat.”
Getting beat was not a problem four the Warriors last week, as they clubbed East Oktibbeha 21-0 on Tuesday and then swept a doubleheader 14-1 and 17-0 from West Oktibbeha on Friday in a trio of region games.
“It doesn’t matter who you play, you have to go out and play like its a first-place team,” Rogers said. “You still have to throw strikes and play defense.”
The Warriors were set to host Noxapater on Tuesday and Choctaw County on Thursday, before visiting Eupora on Saturday for a 1 p.m. varsity game.
Garrett Miles tossed a no-hitter and racked up three hits as well for the Warriors in the win over West Oktibbeha.
Isaiah Eiland lashed a triple in the 14-1 win over West Oktibbeha, while Roper Ball popped a double and single and Brady Jones was the winning pitcher. Ben Cumberland tossed a three-inning perfect game and struck out seven in the 17-0 win over West Oktibbeha, while Stuart Ball cracked a triple and a double.