Story and Photo by Brennan Waldorf –
The Nandua Warriors took on the Northampton Yellow Jackets May 11. It’s the first time the two teams faced each other since May 7, 2019, when Warriors beat the Jackets 7-5 in Eastville.
This week they played the Jackets at Nandua. The 5-2 victory pushed the Warriors into a three-way tie for the district title.
The Warriors, Firebirds, and Ponies all currently sit at 2-1 and with five games left, the race for the district championship will be as close as ever, with home field advantage coming into play. The Warriors haven’t dropped a home game to a district opponent since the 2008 loss to Arcadia, which was the last year the Warriors weren’t crowned regular season champions.
Alana Shea got the start for the Warriors, pitching six innings, striking out nine against two walks. She allowed two runs and gave up only three hits, recording the win. Reghan Hintz relieved Shea in the last inning striking out two to close the game.
Hailey Justice led at bat going 1 for 3 with two RBIs, Emma McCluskey went 1 for 3 with one RBI, Reagan Justice and Bailey Taylor were 2 for 3 at bat. Nandua will host Arcadia Tuesday, May 18, with a 4:30 p.m. start time.
Northampton’s Jillian Spence got the start for the Jackets pitching six innings, striking out two, and only allowing five hits.
Peyton Sayers led at the plate going 1 for 3 recording two RBIs, Jada Giddens went 1 for 3 with one scored run, and Jayden Jenkins went 1 for 1 at bat.
Northampton will travel to Chincoteague next Tuesday May 18, with a 4:30 p.m. start time.