French Camp knocks off Nanih Waiya

By Austin Bishop
The Choctaw Plaindealer

The French Camp Academy Panthers used some timely defensive plays to
knock off two-time defending MHSAA Class 1A State champion Nanih
Waiya 3-0 last Tuesday night in prep baseball action.

“Baseball is a strange game,” said FCA head coach Nathan Wright.
“About half of our guys struck out and all but one of their’s put the
ball in play, but we just made some great plays defensively to win
the game.”

One of those came in the sixth inning when the homestanding Warriors
loaded the bases without any outs.

“You didn’t see how we were going to get out of that without
submitting a run or two,” Wright said. But shortstop Hagan Box
gathered in a line drive and stepped on second for a double play, and
then pitcher Cole Henson retired the next hitter to end the threat.

Henson pitched the entire game, giving up just two hits and two
walks, while recording one strikeout.

“He just did a great job throwing strikes for us,” Wright said of
Henson. “Pretty much if they put it on the ground or in the air
somewhere in our area we have a pretty good chance of getting to the
ball. Defense is our strength.”

Box had two hits and an RBI for the winners, while Brady Jackson had
a single and an RBI and Hunter McKnight also drove in a run.

On Friday the Panthers used a solid pitching performance from Box to
take a 4-1 win over West Lowndes.

French Camp, now 5-0 in district play, was set to visit league-foe
Noxapater on Tuesday at 6 p.m., before visiting Weir Friday at 6:30 p.m.