Warriors looking to bounce back against district foes

By Austin BIshop
The Winston County Journal

After jumping out to a quick 7-0 start, Nanih Waiya head baseball
coach Tyler Rogers knew his team needed to face the challenge of
strong pitching.

He got his wish last week as the Warriors ran up against a pair of
outstanding ones in West Lauderdale’s Will Stokes and Clarkdale’s
Jonathan Porter.

Stokes fired a no-hitter against the Warriors in Nanih Waiya’s 11-0
loss to West Lauderdale on Tuesday and later that day Porter limited
NW to just four hits in an 11-1 win.

“We saw some really good pitching on Tuesday,” Rogers said. “Of
course the Stokes kid is good and Clarkdale threw their No. 1 against
us. I don’t think we will see anybody any better than them all year.

“It’s just difficult to hit real good pitching when you haven’t seen
it,” Rogers said. “That’s why it is important for us to face some.”

The Warriors bounced back in a big way the following day by taking a
9-5 win over Class 6A Meridian High School.

“We played all-around better,” Rogers said. “We still faced good
pitching, but not near as good as the day before. We scored some runs
early and kept adding runs the whole game.”

Luke Rosamond and Hunter Luke had three hits each for NW in the game,
while Stewart Ball and Wyatt Ball had two each and Colby Eaves
whacked a double.

Rosamond, Stewart Ball, Tanner Dalton and Isaiah Eiland had a single
each for NW against Clarkdale.

The Warriors, now 8-2 on the season, were set to visit East Oktibbeha
on Tuesday, before hosting West Lowndes on Thursday in a game that
was originally scheduled for Friday. Both of those games are district
contests.

NW will then visit Neshoba County on Saturday to take on Philadelphia
at 3 p.m.