By Rocky Higginbotham
Winston County Journal
Nanih Waiya’s baseball team rolled up four more victories last week, running the Warriors’ quick-start record to 10-0 on the season.
Coach Tyler Rogers’ bunch started the week with a thrilling, 5-4 win over Eupora on Monday. On Thursday, they pounded French Camp Academy 17-4, then ventured to Stringer on Saturday and came away with a pair of solid wins. Nanih Waiya topped North Forrest 6-3 Saturday morning, then got past Jackson Academy 5-2 Saturday afternoon.
This week, the Warriors are slated to go to a big tournament at Q.V. Sykes in Meridian and face Ethel and Puckett on Tuesday. Next week, Nanih Waiya is scheduled to host Southeast Lauderdale on Tuesday (March 21), entertain Choctaw County on Friday (March 24) and go to Union on Saturday (March 26).
Last Monday, the Warriors won a back-and-forth affair with Eupora. The contest was tied at 5-5 going into the seventh inning, where Jake Kight started a rally with a one-out double. Shia Moore then plated Kight with the eventual winning run with a two-out base knock.
Moore finished with two hits, two runs and the game-winning RBI. In addition to Kight’s double, the Warriors got base hits from Austin Richardson and Roper Ball. Ben Cumberland scored twice while Dalton Luke and Bryce Stanton both had RBIs.
Ball, Richardson and Cumberland combined to limit the Eagles to two earned runs with eight strikeouts.
Against French Camp on Thursday, Nanih Waiya scored nine times in the bottom of the first inning and coasted to the win thanks to a 15-hit attack.
Cumberland was 4-for-4 with two runs and four RBIs to lead the way while Stanton doubled, tripled, scored twice and drove in a pair.
Ball was 3-for-3 with three runs and a double; Luke doubled and drove in a pair; Jones had one hit and four runs scored; Moore doubled and drove in two; Richardson had one hit and three RBIs; Kight singled, scored and drove in one; and Coley Taylor singled and scored twice.
Stanton got the win with two earned runs given up in three innings, with Richardson and Taylor finishing up on the hill.
Saturday morning, Kight had a dominant performance on the mound in a win over North Forrest. He struck out nine in 6.2 innings and gave up just one earned run — with Cumberland earning the save.
Richardson was 2-for-2 with two RBIs and a run while Luke tripled and scored. Ball and Cumberland both singled and scored; Taylor and Stanton both had a hit, a run and an RBI; Kight had a hit; and Jones had an RBI.
In their second contest Saturday at Stringer, the Warriors got one run in the first inning, two in the fourth and fifth frames and never trailed in knocking off MAIS Class AAAA Jackson Academy.
Jones went six innings and gave up one earned run, striking out nine to earn the win. Cumberland again came on to get the save, striking out two JA hitters in the final inning.
Cumberland also went 3-for-4 with a double while Taylor was 3-for-4 with a home run, three RBIs and a couple of runs scored to lead Nanih Waiya.
Ball singled, doubled and scored twice; Jones singled, doubled and had an RBI; Chris Smith was 2-for-3 with a run scored; and Stanton singled and scored.