By Daniel Brunty The Winston County Journal
The Nanih Waiya Warriors baseball team received some very good news after winning their second state championship title when star pitcher Colby Eaves was named the MHSAA Class 1A Baseball Player of the Year.
Eaves, who was critical in the Warriors’ title run this season, was as close to dominant as any pitcher could be at his level. Eaves had an ERA under 2.00, and was 8-2 on the mound. He also contributed huge on the offensive side as well, batting over .400 for the season with four home runs.
Eaves was honored to be chosen for such a prestigious award. “It means a lot,” Eaves said. “No one from Nanih Waiya that I can remember has ever received this ward, and it is a great honor.”
Even though Eaves is well deserving of the award, he feels the state title is much more important. “Individual awards a great, but championships are what everyone remembers,” Eaves said. “It means a whole lot more for me and the team to win the state than me just getting that award.”
The Nanih Waiya Warriors Head Coach Tyler Rogers put his confidence in Eaves ability to help them achieve their ultimate goal.
“When he went out to pitch on the mound, you pretty much knew what you were going to get,” Rogers said. “He was going to throw a lot of strikes, and he was going to keep you in the ball game. He is a pretty dominant pitcher as well as one of our best hitters.”
Eaves comes from a family of athletes, considering his first cousin Ethan Hamilton of Noxapater won the Class 1A Football Player of the Year honors this past season.
Also, Eaves is looking for his team to continue to dominate the Class 1A competition next season.
“I feel like with us only losing two seniors, I think our chances are good this upcoming season,” Eaves said. “We have six players returning and all of us are working hard, staying in the cages and preparing for next year.”