By Austin Bishop
Winston County Journal
Anybody looking at the scoreboard of any of Nanih Waiya’s first five
baseball games this season clearly understands the Warriors can score
And while NW can certainly hit, head coach Tyler Rogers says the keys
to his team runs a little deeper than just pounding the ball and
pushing tons of runs across the plate.
“As long as we are throwing strikes and playing good defense we have
a chance to win ballgames,” he said. “Yes, we have scored a lot of
runs, but you have to throw strikes and play defense to win.”
After getting off to a 5-0 start on the season the Warriors were set
to open district play this week when they hosted Noxapater on
Tuesday. NW will then travel to Choctaw County to visit Weir on
Friday for another district game.
Despite the 12-0 score, the closest of Nanih Waiya’s games last week
came on Friday night against Union.
The game was actually scoreless until the fifth inning, and Nanih
Waiya didn’t get its first hit of the game until the fourth.
“It was a tough game through four innings,” Rogers said. “Their
pitcher (Dustin Bates) did a really good job of keeping us off balance.”
But when the NW offense kicked in, it showed up with a bang. The
Warriors scored nine runs in the top of the fifth to take control of
the road contest.
After an out was recorded, a hit batter and walk put runners on first
and third and then speedster Peyton Jones legged out a bunt single to
load the bases. Luke Rosamond followed with a bouncing single through
the left side to plate two runs. two batters later Stewart Ball
delivered a two-run single to really get the offense rolling.
Rosamond finished with three singles and five RBIs in the game, while
Wyatt Ball had a pair of singles and Tyler Dalton had a two-run single.
Colby Eaves was tough on the mound, striking out 11 and allowing only
one hit — a flair single to right with one out in the bottom of the
Other games last week saw Nanih Waiya beat Leake Central 10-2 on
Tuesday, and then on Saturday the Warriors traveled to Winona and
beat Leland 16-1 and Independence 14-2.
Rosamond struck out 13 batters to pick up the win on the mound
against Leake Central, while also cranking out a single and double.
Stewart Ball and Jones had two singles each for the winners.
Jacob Hemphill struck out nine and limited Leland to just two hits to
pick up the win in Saturday’s first game. Ty Higginbotham had four
hits in that game, while Rosamond and Jones had two each and Stewart
Ball popped a double.
Higginbotham was the winning pitcher against Independence, striking
out six. He also had a single and a double, as did Rosamond. Wyatt
Ball ripped three singles, while Dalton had a pair.
looking toward busy weekend
By Austin Bishop
Winston County Journal
The 1-1 Nanih Waiya fast-pitch softball team will be playing four
games in three days this week as the season picks up its pace.
The Lady Warriors split their two games last week, dropping an 11-10
decision to East Webster on Monday, then bouncing back to take a
thrilling 2-1 win over MHSAA Class 4A West Lauderdale on Tuesday.
This week Nanih Waiya is set to host Choctaw Central at 6 p.m. on
Thursday, visit Louisville at 6 p.m. on Friday and then travel to
Sebastopol on Saturday to play two games. The Lady Warriors will take
on Union at 2 p.m. and Salem at 5 p.m.
The game with East Webster was a tight one, with the Lady Wolverines
scoring three runs in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game and one
in the bottom of the seventh to escape with the win.
Brantlie Sheets had three singles and three RBIs to lead the Lady
Warriors at the plate,while Ryan Holdiness belted a homer and had
three RBIs and Kara Lane Nowell had an RBI double. Megan Robinson and
Mackenzie Johnson added in singles for the winners.
Nanih Waiya scored a run in the eighth inning to take a 2-1 win over
Kaytlyn Burrage cranked out a pair of doubles for Nanih Waiya, while
Reagan Holdiness ripped a triple and Johnson had a two-bagger.
Sheets, Nowell and Ryan Holdiness each had singles for NW.
Ryan Holdiness was the winning pitcher, allowing just eight hits over
eight innings, while striking out seven and not issuing a walk.