By Austin Bishop
The Winston County Journal
If you are going to win state championships, then you are going to
have to leap a few hurdles.
The Warriors had a big one to get over headed into Tuesday’s deciding
third game of their series with Natchez Cathedral in the MHSAA Class
1A State Baseball playoffs.
Nanih Waiya won the first game of the rain-plagued series 4-2, before
dropping a 7-6 decision to Cathedral in Natchez on Saturday. The
third game was originally scheduled for Monday, but was pushed back
to Tuesday at 3 p.m. because of weather concerns. Due to the Winston
County Journal’s print deadlines, the results of that game will be in
next week’s paper.
Nanih Waiya head coach Tyler Rogers was a little frustrated that the
series even went to three games.
“We were up 6-1 going into the seventh inning with one out and we
just couldn’t make a couple plays,” he said of the second game of the
series. “We had some things that didn’t go our way, but we should
have never put ourselves in that position.”
Nanih Waiya ace right-hander Colby Eaves was expected to take to the
mound for the Warriors in the deciding game against Cathedral.
“We don’t know how much he wil throw, but he will pitch some for us
for sure,” Rogers said. “The extra day will help him a little for sure.”
The winner of Tuesday’s game will take on Hartfield Academy in a best-
of-three playoff series that is scheduled to start on Friday.
Eaves struck out 12 and issued only one walk in Nanih Waiya’s 4-2 win
over Cathedral in game one of their series. Hunter Luke and Peyton
Jones had two hits each for the Warriors who came from behind to get
Ben Cumberland had two hits for NW in Saturday’s loss to Cathedral.