By Austin Bishop
The Winston County Journal
The Nanih Waiya baseball team saw its run at a fourth straight trip to the MHSAA Class 1A State Baseball Championship Series come to an end on Saturday with a 4-3 loss to Sacred Heart.
The Saturday win gave SH the playoff series win two games to one and ended Nanih Waiya’s season at 16-7.
“They hit the ball well,” said Nanih Waiya head coach Tyler Rogers. “They have a couple guys who can really hit. We hardly got them out all weekend. We didn’t throw well Thursday and Friday, but we pitched it well on Saturday.”
Sacred Heart won the opener 11-2 in Nanih Waiya, before the Warriors took a 12-10 road win in Hattiesburg in the second game. Sacred Heart then scored a run in the top of the seventh to take a 4-3 win in the third game on Saturday.
Rogers thought for a moment that Nanih Waiya had won the game in the bottom of the seventh when Wyatt Ball unleashed a bomb to right center that was caught just short of the wall for the final out.
“I really thought it was gone when he hit it,” Rogers said.
Nanih Waiya actually held a 2-0 lead over Sacred Heart going into the sixth inning of the first game, before Sacred Heart hit for six runs in the sixth and five in the seventh.
“We let that one get away from us,” Rogers said.
Nanih Waiya held a 10-1 lead in the second game, before the Crusaders began to fight back. “Just about everybody in our line up had a hit in that game,” Rogers said.
Isaiah Eiland, who had a big day at the plate for the Warriors on the weekend, had a double on Saturday, as did Garrett Miles.