By Daniel Brunty The Winston County Journal
The conquests for repeat championships for the Nanih Waiya Warriors continues after last week’s second round playoff series win against the Ethel Tigers. The Warriors would have a tougher test when they faced off against the Stringer Red Devils in playoff action this past week. The first game of the series was played at Nanih Waiya on May 4 in front of a huge crowd for both teams. The first inning would end scoreless for both teams. At the top of the second inning, the Red Devils would be the first team on the scoreboard with a run to take a 1-0 lead. In the bottom of the third inning, the Warriors would have their best inning of the game, scoring wise. Nanih Waiya would put up four runs, giving them a 4-1 lead going into the fourth inning. The game would hit a stalemate in the fourth inning, with neither team scoring until the final inning of the game. In what would turn out to be a disastrous inning for the Warriors, Stringer would get their bats going in the seventh and scored seven runs to take back the lead by the score of 8-4. The Warriors, who were down but not out, would fight back in the final inning. Scoring two runs already in the inning, head coach Tyler Rogers and his Warriors looked to continue their scoring and hopefully tie or win the game before the last out. The Warriors would come up short those two runs in the end, and the final score was 8-6, with Stringer taking a one game lead in the series. The series would then go to Stringer as the Warriors travelled to face the Red devils on their home field on May 5. The first inning of the game would see some action as both teams manged to get on the scoreboard. At the end of the first quarter, the Red Devils were up 2-1. The second and third inning would see neither team score. The fourth inning would see the Warriors produce some results as well as a run to tie the game 2-2 going into the fifth. The Warriors, looking to even the series, would have a very productive inning offensively, as they put up eight runs on the scoreboard in the top of the fifth inning. These runs would prove to be too much for the red devils to recover from in the long run. The Warriors would go on to shut out the Red Devils from scoring any more runs, and the final score of the game was 11-2. The Warriors would force a third game back on their home field with the victory. The third and final game of the series took place at Nanih Waiya on May 7. In what would be a defensive game for both teams, neither scored any runs in regulation. The game would now be decided in extra innings. Neither team would score in the tenth inning. With the game and the series on the line, the Warriors would step up in the eleventh inning to come through with a game-winning run. The Warriors will now advance to face Natchez Cathedral in their next playoff series. The first game will be at Nanih Waiya on May 20. Game two will take place at Natchez on May 11. If a third game is necessary, it will take place back at Nanih Waiya on May 12.