Nanih Waiya nips Bogue Chitto girls
BOGUE CHITTO – A solid, 12-strikout pitching performance by Ryan Holdiness helped the Nanih Waiya Lady Warriors shave the Bogue Chitto Lady Cats 1-0 Monday night in Game One of the best-of-three series in Class 1A South State championship softball action.
“Good to get the win,” said Nanih Waiya coach Jennifer Holdiness.” “It was a tough defensive battle until the very end. I expect another hard fought contest when we play again tomorrow.”
The Lady Cats (21-9) invade Nanih Waiya today to battle the Lady Warriors (22-7-1). Game Two is set to begin at 5 p.m. If Game Three is needed, it will immediately follow.
N. Waiya 1, BC 0
No love is lost between these two rivals as both school schools have met on several occasions in fastpitch and slowpitch softball action in big game situations.
The Lady Cats wanted to get some revenge on Nanih Waiya after the Lady Warriors knocked BC out of the softball playoffs last year.
On Monday, the Lady Warriors managed to squeeze in the only run of the game in the third inning and held on for the victory.
Holdiness tossed a 1-hitter for Nanih Waiya, with 12 strikeouts, three walks and one hit batter.
Senior pitcher Rheagan Welch absorbed the setback for the Lady Cats with five strikeouts, three walks, and two hit batters.
Third baseman Alana Nettles recorded the only hit for BC, a single.
“They did a good job controlling us at the plate,” said BC coach Scott Leggett. “We struggled offensively throughout the game to get our leadoff runner on base. Defensively, we played great. Now, we must regroup and prepare for a big battle.”
Brantlie Sheets and Kara Lane Nowell directed the Lady Warriors with a single apiece.