Warriors more than even score with French Camp

By Austin Bishop
The Winston County Journal

Tyler Rogers expected his Warriors to be ready on Friday night. He
was right on target, as Nanih Waiya avenged an earlier loss to French
Camp Academy by rolling past the homestanding Panthers 11-0 to clinch
the district championship.

“We were pleased,” Rogers said of his team’s effort. “That was the
best ball we played all year. We were focused on what we had to do
and we took care of it.”

Colby Eaves struck out 10 batters in five innings of work and tossed
a one-hitter to pick up the win.
Ty Higginbotham had a pair of big doubles for the Warriors, while
Luke Rosamond had a two-bagger of his own.

The 17-3 Warriors, the two-time defending MHSAA Class 1A State
Champions, where scheduled to host Union on Tuesday before visiting
Lake on Friday, and hosting Winona on Saturday. Nanih Waiya will
celebrate ‘Senior Night’ on Tuesday, April 23 when Scott Central pays
a visit for a 6 p.m. contest.

The Warriors earned two more wins last week, blanking league foe West
Lowndes 4-0 on Tuesday and taking a 3-1 win at Leake Central on
Saturday.

Rosamond was the wining pitcher against West Lowndes, while
Higginbotham picked up the save.

Stewart Ball had a couple clutch hits in the game for Nanih Waiya,
while Eaves doubled.

On Saturday afternoon, Wyatt Ball had a two-run double in the top of
the seventh to help the winners stretch their 1-0 lead. Eaves also
had two hits in the game, while Jacob Hemphill picked up the win on
the mound, striking out eight and giving up only four
hits.Higginbotham earned the save.

Lady Warriors looking to go undefeated in league play
By Austin Bishop
The Winston County Journal
All Nanih Waiya had to do going into their home fast-pitch softball
game with Noxapater on Wednesday afternoon to win the district title
was not lose by six or more runs. But the Lady Warriors were looking
for something a little bigger, as a win over their cross-county
rivals would give them a perfect 6-0 district mark.

If Nanih Waiya wins the district they will get a bye before hosting
the second round of the playoffs. Also, if NW finishes first in the
league, the Lady Warriors plan to travel to Newton County High School
in Decatur to take on Philadelphia at 10 a.m. on Saturday and New
Hope at noon.

The Lady Warriors rolled into Collinsville last Friday night and put
it to Class 4A West Lauderdale by the score of 10-2. The teams were
tied at 1-1 after four inning s of play, but Nanih Waiya scored four
in the fifth, two in the sixth and three in the seventh.

Regan Holdiness mashed a homer and single and drove in two runs for
NW, while Ryan Holdiness and Megan Robinson had a double and single
each. Brantlie Sheets had two singles for the winners, while
Mackenzie Johnson also had a hit.

Ryan Holdiness was the winning pitcher, striking out three and
scattering seven hits and allowing just one earned run.

The Lady Warriors had little trouble with homestanding Weir on
Monday, rolling to a 21-0 win in just four innings of play, as Sheets
tossed a four-inning perfect game. She struck out eight batters in
the contest.

Johnson had a single and double for Nanih Waiya in the game, while
Krysten Eaves homered and scored three runs and Bridget Hunt,
Robinson, Sheets and Ryan Holdiness had a hit each.