Warriors get big pitching performances in Rush Tournament

By Austin Bishop
Winston County Journal

Nanih Waiya pitchers combined for 21 strikeouts in two games on Monday as the Warriors split a pair of contests in the Rush Invitational being played at Q.V. Sykes Park in Meridian.

Nanih Waiya was set to complete its play in the tourney on Wednesday by taking on Clarkdale. The Warriors’ scheduled division opener against West Oktibbeha for next Tuesday has been postponed and will be rolled into a doubleheader that will be played at Nanih Waiya on April 4. The next action for the Warriors will be at Noxapater in the first region game of the season on March 21.

“It will be good for us to have a little time off,” said Nanih Waiya head coach Tyler Rogers. “We are going to be okay, we just need to hit the ball a little better.”

Ben Cumberland struck out 12 batters on Monday to lead the Warriors to a 10-2 win over Sebastopol, while Brady Jones struck out nine and gave up just one unearned run in a 1-0 loss to Forest.

“Our pitching has been really good to be as young as we are,” Rogers said on Tuesday morning. “Both of those guys who pitched for us on Monday were freshman, so we are real pleased with that. We only walked one batter yesterday.”

Offensively Rogers isn’t quite as satisfied.

“For some reason we couldn’t hit to save our lives,” Rogers said of Monday’s action.

Nanih Waiya, which was 3-2 on the season going into the game against Clarkdale, dropped a 7-0 decision to Class 4A Kosciusko. Stewart Ball had a double and single for the Warriors in the game, while Isaiah Eiland added a single.