By Brandon Speck/NEMS Daily Journal
RIDGELAND – West Union would love to redo the fourth inning of each of its last two games.
The Lady Eagles’ season came to an end Saturday with a 13-7 loss in the MHSAA Class 1A state championship game, a sweep at the hands of Nanih Waiya. Nanih Waiya scored eight in the fourth.
“Both games we started out with a lot of intensity, a lot of good things happening,” West Union coach Lisa Bogue said. “We made some errors. You can’t give a great team like this extra outs.”
West Union (25-8) led 5-3 after Julianna Garner’s single loaded the bases in the fourth, Gina Beth Conlee added an RBI single and Bailey Bogue’s single and error drove in a run. Consecutive outs left the bases loaded.
Nanih Waiya pitcher Brantlie Sheets reached on a single and advanced on an error to start the bottom of the fourth for the Lady Warriors. Kaytlyn Burrage drove her home and with two outs, Bridget Hunt drove in two, Reagan Holdiness and Meagan Robinson had RBI singles and Sheets hit a 3-run home run. The Lady Warriors plated eight to take an 11-5 lead.
Errors plagued the Lady Eagles on Friday in bunches and a pair of isolated errors didn’t help Saturday.
West Union scored two in the fifth on Garner’s two-run double, her second double, her second and third RBIs.
The Lady Eagles tied the game at one on an error in the second and took a 3-1 lead in the third on an RBI double from Garner and Callie Baggett’s RBI single.
West Union starter Brittany Taylor (18-5) took the loss but had three hits. Nanih Waiya (25-7-1) had 16 hits. Sheets improved to 13-4.
“This year, one through nine has stepped up when we needed them,” Nanih Waiya coach Jennifer Holdiness said.