By Austin Bishop
The Winston County Journal
After a week that saw three starters sidelined with a stomach virus,
Nanih Waiya head baseball coach Tyler Rogers is hoping a first-round
bye in the playoffs will help his team regain its strength before it
begins postseason acton.
Nanih Waiya was set to host Scott Central on Tuesday to close out the
regular season with ‘Senior Day’ before taking the rest of the week
off. The Warriors earned the first-round bye by winning the division
and then will play the winer of the Natchez Cathedral-Resurrection
first-round series May on May 2-4.
“We just had to go out and survive last week, but we had a chance to
win all three games,” Rogers said. “We had two eight graders and two
ninth graders in the infield at the same time.”
It was one of Nanih Waiya’s youngsters that provided the Warriors
with the offensive punch it needed to win one of the three games they
played last week.
Eighth grader Ben Cumberland picked a good time to unload his first
varsity home run, blasting a grand slam in the bottom of the fifth
inning to break a 3-3 tie and power the Warriors to a 7-3 win over
Union last Tuesday.
“He is a good little hitter and when he got his chance he took
advantage of it,” Rogers said.
Ty Higginbotham picked up the win on the mound for NW, striking out
eight. He also banged out three hits on the offensive side.
On Friday the Warriors lost a 6-2 decision to the homestanding Lake
Hornets. Nanih Waiya trailed just 3-2 headed into the bottom of the
sixth, but allowed the Hornets to pick up three runs in the inning to
stretch out there advantage.
Cumberland and Peyton Jones each had a double for NW, while Jacob
Hemphill took the loss on the mound.
Nanih Waiya, now 18-5 on the season, held a 6-4 lead over Winona
going into the top of the sixth inning, only to have the visiting
Tigers explode for a dozen runs in the inning to take a 16-6 victory.
Tanner Dalton had a single and double to lead Nanih Waiya at the
plate, while Hunter Luke, Higginbotham and Cumberland had two singles
each. Cumberland pitched five and two-thirds strong innings on the
mound for the Warriors.