By Austin Bishop
The Winston County Journal
If Nanih Waiya softball coach Jennifer Holdiness was wondering how
her Lady Warriors would respond against tough competition with bigger
schools, she certainly found out this past week when NW took part in
the annual Clarkdale Spring Fling in Meridian.
The Lady Warriors fared well, winning two games and tying one. The
lone loss was by one run.
Nanih Waiya opened its tourney play on Friday by battling Amory to a
2-2 tie. The Lady Warriors trailed 2-0 after three innings, then
picked up one in the fourth and one in the seventh.
Brantlie Sheets had a pair of singles and an RBI for Nanih Waiya,
while Ryan Holdiness had a double and an RBI and Reagan Holdiness
added a single of her own. Ryan Holdiness pitched seven strong
innings, striking out nine, while walking just one.
The Lady Warriors scored three runs in the top of the first and then
added another in the second to take a quick lead over Northeast
Lauderdale before holding on for a 4-3 win in Friday’s second game.
Reagan Holdiness had a triple and an RBI for the winners, while
Krysten Eaves had a single and an RBI.
Sheets took the win on the mound for NW, striking out three and
scattering five hits in her four innings of work.
The Lady Warriors split a pair of games on Saturday, losing to Magee
3-2 and beating Clinton 10-5.
NW fell behind 3-0 against Magee, but scored two runs in the top of
the fifth to fall just short against the Lady Trojans.
Kara Lane Nowell had two singles and an RBI for the Lady Warriors,
while Sheets and Marlee Parkes each had a single, while Ryan
Holdiness drove in a run.
Holdiness was the losing pitcher, but gave up just two hits and
struck out four. None of Magee’s runs were earned.
Nanih Waiya erupted for nine runs in the first inning in the big win
over the Lady Arrows of Clinton.
Reagan Holdiness had a single and a double and three RBIs for the
winners, while Ryan Holdiness had two singles and three RBIs.
Mackenzie Johnson doubled for NW, with Parkes picking up two singles
and an RBI and Nowell and Eaves getting a hit each. Eaves also drove
in a run, as did Kaytlyn Burrage. Sheets picked up the win on the
mound for NW.