By Robbie Robertson

Kemper County Messenger

As the Nanih Waiya baseball team gets deeper in the playoffs, their bats seem to get hotter.

The Warriors banged out 42 hits in two games as they thumped Resurrection Catholic 13-3 and 20-9 to advance to the Class 1A South State championship series.

Nanih Waiya improved to 25-2 on the season and will host Stringer on Thursday at 6 p.m. in Game 1 of the series. Game 2 will be Friday at Stringer with a possible Game 3 on Saturday at Nanih Waiya with a trip to the Class 1A state championship on the line.

Stringer, 19-11, beat Hamilton 7-6, 10-0 to advance to the 1A South State semifinals.

Nanih Waiya 13,

Resurrection 3

The Warriors jumped out to a 7-0 lead and cruised to a six-inning, run-rule victory on Thursday.

Nanih Waiya scored two in the second, five in the second and sixth and one in the fifth.

The Warriors had 18 hits in the contest as Tanner Luke was 3-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and two RBIs. Jake Kight was 3-for-4 with three runs scored. Chris Smith was 3-for-3 with a triple and two RBIs. Shia Moore was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBIs while Roper Ball was 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Coley Taylor and Trevor Holdiness each scored two runs apiece. Dalton Luke had two RBIs while Charner Estes and Gabe Sciple each had RBI singles.

Bryce Stanton got the start and picked up the win, pitching four innings and giving up three runs on one hits and five walks. Gabe Sciple pitched the last two innings and gave up one hit and one walks while striking out two.

Nanih Waiya 20,

Resurrection 9

The Warriors led 9-3 after two innings and took an 11-run win in Game 2 to easily sweep the series fro Resurrection on Friday.

The Warriors led 4-3 after an inning and 9-8 after three. After a scoreless fourth and fifth inning, the Warriors scored three runs in the sixth and seven in the seventh for the final margin.

The Warriors battered Resurrection with 24 hits as Jake Kight was 4-for-6 with a home run, double, two runs scored and four RBIs. Bryce Stanton was 3-for-6 with a home run, two runs scored and three RBIs while Roper Ball was also 3-for-6 with a home run and two RBIs. Coley Taylor was 3-for-5 with a double, two runs scored and two RBIs while Dalton Luke was also 3-for-5. Shia Moore was 2-for-5 while Charner Estes was 2-for-3 with three runs scored and two walks. Chris Smith had a double and scored twice while Trevor Holdiness also scored three runs.

Kight got the start and pitched 2 2/3 innings and gave up eight runs on five hits and four walks while giving up two home runs. Ball came in and picked up the win with 4 1/3 innings of two-hit baseball as he gave up on run and struck out eight.