Baseball Tigers face key week in division

By Austin Bishop
The Winston County Journal

If the Noxapater baseball team wants to make a serious run at
reaching the MHSAA Class 1A State Baseball Playoffs, then this week
would be a good time to step up.

The Tigers head into the week with a 2-5 overall record and an 0-2
mark in league action, with both of those losses coming to district
frontrunners Nanih Waiya and French Camp.

“Those are probably the two teams that have the best shot at
finishing one and two in our district,” said Noxapater head coach
Casey Orr. “And we really played French Camp tight. We were down just
1-0 late before we gave up a few runs.” FCA won that game 5-0.

Three teams qualify for the playoffs and this week the Tigers face
the two teams they could very well be battling for that spot in the
postseason. The Tigers were set to visit West Lowndes on Tuesday
before hosting Weir on Friday.

“We just need to make the routine plays,” Orr said when asked what
the key would be for his Tigers to play well this week. “I have
preached that to the kids all year. I’m not asking them to go out
there and make SportsCenter plays, but we need to make the routine
ones.”

The Tigers played just one varsity game last week, dropping a 14-1
decision to East Webster. The homestanding Wolverines scored 10 runs
in the first inning thanks to seven walks, two hit batters and a pair
of errors.

Noxapater actually out-hit the Wolverines 4-3 in the game. Marshall
Kugle had a double and an RBI to lead Noxapater at the plate against
EW, while Keonte Daniels, Austin Snow and Trevara Miller each had a
single.