By Austin Bishop
The Winston County Journal
The Lady Warriors of Nanih Waiya High School put together a good start to the 2014 fast-pitch softball season with a pair of convincing wins over county foes in the Winston County Classic.
The event opened with Louisville blanking Noxapater 12-0, before host Nanih Waiya took a 25-0 victory over the Lady Tigers. The last game of the day on Saturday saw Nanih Waiya post a 14-2 win over Louisville.
The Lady Wildcats of LHS are set to host Noxapater on Thursday, before taking more than a week off before paying a visit to Starkville on March 17 and hosting Kosciusko on March 18.
After visiting Louisville on Thursday, the Lady Tigers of Noxapater will take part in the East Webster Tournament on Saturday where they will play Winona at 2:30 p.m. and East Webster at 4 p.m.
Noxapater will then take 10 days off before hosting East Webster on Tuesday, March 18 and Ethel on Friday, March 21.
Nanih Waiya will pay a visit to Choctaw Central on Friday, before playing in the Sebastopol Tournament on March 8 and then taking part in the Clarkdale Tournament on March 13 and March 14. The Lady Warriors return home to take on Sebastopol on March 17 and West Lauderdale on March 18.
Nanih Waiya banged out 10 hits in its three-inning win over Noxapater and then added 11 more in the four-inning victory over Louisville.
Hope Thames and Ryan Holdiness each slugged a triple and single and drove in four runs in the win over Noxapater, while Marlee Parkes mashed a double and single, scored three runs and drove in five others for NW.
Livia Bush also had two hits for the winners, while Mackenzie Johnson and Krysten Eaves had one each. Johnson and Ryan Holdiness each scored four runs, while Brantlie Sheets, Reagan Holdiness and Bush scored three runs each. Sheets was the winning pitcher, allowing no hits and striking out four in three innings of work.
Nanih Waiya scored 12 runs in the first inning against Louisville and then held on for the solid win. Eaves had two singles and a double and drove in three runs for the Lady Warriors in the game, while Sheets had a double and single and three RBIs.
Logan Fulcher and Johnson had two singles each for the winners, while Thames popped a double and Parkes added a single. Ryan Holdiness struck out 10 batters and allowed just one hit in four innings of work to pick up the win for Nanih Waiya.