Nixa baseball

Nixa’s baseball team included (front row, l-r) Brayden Leggett, Kinson Michel, Evann Long, Ben Belcher, Cole Fleischman, Evan Saeger, Sal Scalise, (middle row, l-r) Cameron Toomey, Joe Reid, Zeke Berman, Bryant Avery, Hayden Lock, Ace Akers, Jake Jost, Devon Roach, (back row, l-r) Caleb Crockett, Hunter Crabtree, Tanner Chapman, Isaac Mitchell, Isaiah Engelman, Blake Bridges, Jake Uber, Brandon Teter, Ryan Cram and Krew Schmitt.

Nixa’s baseball team received the No. 35 ranking in the National High School Baseball Coaches Association final rankings, as announced by the NHSBCA this week.

The Eagles were 23-3 overall and 8-1 in the COC while winning the conference championship. They were Class 5 District 9 runners-up.

Coach Jason Daugherty’s roster featured an Arkansas commit in pitcher Isaac Mitchell, an Oklahoma State commit in catcher Joe Reid, a Pitt State signee in second baseman Kinsen Michel, a Missouri Southern State signee in right fielder Hunter Crabtree and Three Rivers signees in pitchers Jake Uber and Brandon Teter.

Pitcher Ace Akers, who has received a scholarship offer from Drury, was the COC Pitcher of The Year.

The NHSBCA rankings shed light to the fact Missouri prep teams play as few games as any state’s teams across the country. In fact, Nixa and No. 50 Appomquinimink, Delaware both 26 games, the fewest of any of the top 50 teams. Even if Nixa had went on to win the Class 5 state championship, the Eagles would have played only 30 games.

No. 6 Georgetown, Texas (41-5-1) played 47 games. No. 1 Argyle, Texas, was 40-1-1. No. 4 Blanchard, Oklahoma, was 39-0. All of the top 34 teams played at least 30 games.

Nixa is the only Missouri team in the rankings.

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