Preseason Power 25 Countdown: Nanih Waiya


Ronald Sims
Mississippi Scouting Director

The Mississippi high school season kicks off on February 26, the first day for regular season games. Most teams will begin practicing on January 29, getting their rosters set and finalizing their lineups.

Leading up to the start of the high school season, we will be posting high school team previews every day as part of our comprehensive season coverage:

Team: Nanih Waiya

Preseason Rank: 24
2017 Record: 28-3
MHSAA Classification: 1A
MHSAA District:
Head Coach: Tyler Rogers
Playoff Run: State Finals
2017 Final Rank: 1A State Champions
Returning Starters: 6
Returning Pitchers: 3

 

Top Players

Name State School Class Position Commitment
Roper Ball MS Nanih Waiya 2018 SS East Central CC
Jake Kight MS Nanih Waiya
2019
2B
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Dalton Luke MS Nanih Waiya 2018 C
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Bryce Stanton MS Nanih Waiya 2018 OF
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Coley Taylor MS Nanih Waiya 2019 3B
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Stat Rat (X-Factor)
Coley Taylor (.467-BA, 25-RBI, 9-2B)
Roper Ball (.413-BA, 15-RBI, 3-2B, 1-HR)(2.27-ERA, 24-K, 13-BB)
Bryce Stanton (.356-BA, 24-RBI, 8-2B, 2-HR)
Dalton Luke (.340-BA, 16-RBI, 6-2B)
Jake Kight (.322-BA, 11-RBI, 6-2B)(1.60-ERA, 34-K, 7-BB)

Outlook
Coach Tyler Rogers and the Nanih Waiya Warriors come into 2018 looking to defend their 1A State Championship as they return a talented core from a season ago. Offensively, the Warriors will lean on INF Coley Taylor, who led the team in hitting in 2017. Looking to make a big impact on the mound this season will be Jake Kight who was 4-1 with a 1.60 ERA in 30 innings pitched. Expect two-way player Roper Ball (East Central CC signee) to provide a offensive spark from the top of the lineup, while also be a rock for the Warriors defensively.

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