Lady Warriors face busy week of play

By Austin Bishop
The Winston County Journal

The Nanih Waiya Lady Warriors were able to take it easy last week,
only playing one game, but this week they have their hands full with
four opponents on the schedule.

The 10-2-1 Lady Warriors were set to visit Noxapater on Tuesday,
before traveling to Weir on Thursday for a 4 p.m. contest. Both of
those are district contests.

Nanih Waiya then hosts county-rival Louisville at 6:30 p.m. on Friday
and Philadelphia at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.

“If we play well this week we can improve to 3-0 in district,” said
Nanih Waiya head coach Jennifer Holdiness of her team. But she also
notes there are things her club can work on.

“We need to improve on our execution of plays both offensively and
defensively,” she said. “We also need to stay composed all times,
since we are such a young team.

Warriors bounce back from district loss
A different Nanih Waiya baseball team took the field on Thursday than
did just two days before.

Last Tuesday the two-time defending MHSAA Class 1A Champion Warriors
were upset at home when district-foe French Camp Academy took a 3-0 win.

Last Thursday the Warriors responded like winners do, bouncing back
for a solid 13-0 win over arch-rival Noxapater and letting everyone
else in the district know they are still the team to beat in 1A.

“We looked like a different team (on Thursday),” said NW head coach
Tyler Rogers. “We had a lot more energy. We wanted it more and we
showed.”

And it didn’t hurt that the Warriors swing the bat with authority.
After being held to just two hits by FCA’s Cole Henson on Tuesday,
the Warriors cracked out 11 hits on Thursday.
Colby Eaves pitched a masterful game for Nanih Waiya in the loss to
French Camp, striking out 14 and giving up just two hits.

“When you pitch like that you are supposed to win,” Rogers said.

“Sometimes baseball is like that,” said French Camp head coach Nathan
Wright. “They struck out half of our guys and we struck out just one,
but we score and they don’t. They hit the ball hard, it was just
right at people and we made the plays.”

One of those plays came in the sixth inning when the Warriors loaded
the bases with nobody out. Nanih Waiya stroked a line drive right at
the shortstop that turned into a double play and led to the Warriors
not being able to score in the inning.

Ty Higginbotham and Wyatt Ball both singled for Nanih Waiya’s only
hits, with both of those coming in the seventh inning.

That was not the case on Thursday, as Hunter Luke homered and had two
singles and Stewart Ball bashed a triple, double and single.
Higginbotham threw four strong innings to pick up the win, allowing
only two hits ands striking out six.

Nanih Waiya was set to play Weir on Tuesday and East Oktibbeha on
Friday — both at home — before visiting East Webster at 1 p.m. on
Saturday.