Warriors clinch region baseball championship

By Austin Bishop
The Winston County Journal

The Nanih Waiya Baseball team picked up three wins last week, including a crucial 8-1 win over Noxapater that clinched the region championship for the Warriors.

“Any time you can get a district win, that’s big,” said NW head baseball coach Tyler Rogers. “We are district champs now, so we just have to build on that.” The win puts Nanih Waiya at 12-4 on the season with league games scheduled against West Lowndes and East Oktibbeha this week.

Senior left-hander Chris Hemphill was solid on the mound for NW in the win over Noxapater, striking out 13 batters and allowing only three hits. So far this season Hemphill has a 5-1 record with an ERA of 1.17 and recorded 44 strikeouts and just five walks in 36 innings pitched.

“He has really thrown well all year long,” Rogers aid. “Going into the season we knew we needed him to step up and he has done that. He just gets ahead of the batter and keeps the ball low.”

Nanih Waiya had seven hits in the game against Noxapater with Ben Cumberland cracking a pair of doubles and driving in two runs. Brady Jones and Stewart Ball had two hits each for the winners, while Peyton Jones also had a single. Garrett Miles drove in one run, while Brady Jones had two RBIs.

The Warriors took a 4-2 win over Choctaw County on Thursday, then defeated Eupora 10-7 on Friday.

Garrett Miles had a pair of doubles in the game for NW, while Isaiah Eiland, Peyton Jones and Ben Cumberland had a double each. In fact it was four consecutive doubles that sparked a three-run fifth inning and pushed Nanih Waiya to the win. Cumberland was the winning pitcher, striking out five and walking only two.

Nanih Waiya cranked out 15 hits in the win over Eupora, with Peyton Jones delivering four singles and Brady Jones and Eiland picking up three hits apiece. Wyatt Ball — who has returned following a knee injury at the end of football season — had a double and s single for NW, while Stewart Ball had a two-bagger of his own.

Brady Jones picked up the win on the mound, while Miles earned the save.