By Robbie Robertson

Kemper County Messenger

Nanih Waiya flexed its muscles as the Warriors completed another perfect sweep through division play and defeated their rivals at the same time. Nanih Waiya beat Noxapater 28-1 on Tuesday and 20-3 on Friday.

Nanih Waiya, now 18-1, is scheduled to host Union on Tuesday in its regular-season finale. The Warriors are the top seed out of Division 5-1A and will begin their quest to defend their Class 1A state championship this week as they are scheduled to host Lumberton on Thursday at 5 p.m. Game 2 will be at Lumberton at 5 p.m. and a possible Game 3 would be Monday at Nanih Waiya at 5 p.m.

Noxapater, now 4-13, will finish out the regular season with a pair of games this week as they will host Eupora on Monday in a 6 p.m. contest and will host Sebastopol on Tuesday at 7 p.m. The Tigers will finish the regular season as the No. 4 seed and will play a three-game series with Resurrection Catholic on Thursday and Friday. Resurrection Catholic will host Game 1 of the series on Thursday.

Nanih Waiya 20,

Noxapater 3

The Warriors had little trouble with the Tigers on Friday as they cruised to a 17-run win.

Nanih Waiya scored four in the first and three in the second and finished off the Tigers with 13 runs in the third inning. Noxapater scored all three runs in the second inning.

The Warriors had 15 hits in the contest, led by Roper Ball who was 4-for-4 with a home run, four runs scored and five RBIs. Jake Knight was 3-for-3 with a double and triple, two runs scored and five RBIs. Charner Estes was 2-for-3 with two runs scored. Chris Smith was 3-for-3 with a double, three runs scored and two RBIs. Tanner Luke scored three times while Coley Taylor had home run with two runs scored and two RBIs. Shia Moore also had two stolen bases and reach on two errors.

Tylan Glass started on the mound for the Warriors as he gave up three unearned runs on four walks while striking out three to pick up the win. Gabe Sciple pitched one scoreless inning and struck out one.

Landon Bailey pitched 2 2/3 innings and gave up 20 runs on 15 hits and three walks. Depodray Coburn got the last out with a strikeout.

Ty Duran reached on an error and scored while Coburn and Cordale Eichelberger each walked and scored.

Nanih Waiya 28,

Noxapater 1

The Warriors had 15 hits and took advantage of 11 errors, eight hit batters and five walks to take a five-inning, run-rule victory on Tuesday.

Nanih Waiya opened up with nine runs in the first inning and followed with seven runs in the third and 12 runs in the fourth. Noxapater scored its one run in the third inning.

Nanih Waiya scattered 15 hits as 21 different Warriors got at bats. Roper Ball was 3-for-3 with a triple, three runs scored and two RBIs. Charner Estes was 2-for-3 with a double, two runs scored and two RBIs while Bryce Stanton was 2-for-3 with a double, three runs scored and two RBIs.

Tylan Glass scored two runs and had a grand slam while Chris Smith scored three times  and had two RBIs. Coley Taylor had three RBIs while Jake Knight had two RBIs. Tanner Luke had a double, was hit twice and scored three times while trevor Holdiness scored three times and Shia Moore scored two runs.

Jake Knight pitched four innings for the Warriors and gave up one unearned run on four hits and two walks while striking out two. Shia Moore pitched the final inning and struck out one and walked one.

Hunter Johnson got the start for Noxapater and pitched 2 2/3 innings as he gave up 15 runs on 12 hits and three walks while striking out one. Nick Stone pitched 2/3 of an inning and gave up 12 runs, 11 of them unearned, on three hits and a walk. Chevy Welborn pitched the final 2/3 of an inning and gave up one unearned run and one walk.

Hunter Johnson singled and scored while Depodray Coburn, Landon Bailey and Welborn each had singles. Johnson had a stolen base and was hit by a pitch while Coburn had a stolen base.