By Austin Bishop
The Winston County Journal
The Noxapater High School baseball team split a pair of region games last week, losing to West Lowndes 12-2, before bouncing back to take a 15-0 win over East Oktibbeha.
This week Noxapater is set to visit Newton High School on Thursday and then take on Starkville Academy on Friday. The Tigers visit Scott Central on Saturday.
The next region game is set for April 8 when Noxapater makes the short trek to take on Winston County rival Nanih Waiya. Noxapater is set to host West Lowndes on April 11.
Noxapater head coach Casey Orr said the win over East Oktibbeha came at a good time for his club.
“It was just good for us to get a win,” he said. “We had lost five of six in a row so it was good to stop the bleeding and get a win. I’m hoping that will give us a little confidence.”
Manley Peterson threw a three-inning perfect game in the win, while the team hit the ball up and down the order.
“I was proud of the way we swung the bats,” Orr said. “We hit the baseball and we came out and handled our business. It was a game we were supposed to win and we went out there and took care of it.”
Orr wasn’t as pleased with his team’s effort last Tuesday, as they dropped a league contest to West Lowndes.
“We made a lot of errors,” Orr said. “It was the worst we have played all year. The errors in the field killed us and if you let West Lowndes get people on base with their speed, the are going to score runs.”
Marshall Kugle and a double and scored a turn for the Tigers, while Brandon Kugle drove in a run with a sacrifice fly. Trevara Miller, Peterson and R.J. Pierce all had hits for Noxapater in the game.