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Nixa's Ace Akers follows through on a delivery home.

Nixa junior left-handed pitcher Ace Akers isn’t a unanimous All-COC First-Team Selection, but has been deemed the conference’s Pitcher Of The Year in voting by the league’s coaches released Monday.

Meanwhile, Akers’ Eagles teammate, sophomore left-handed pitcher Isaac Mitchell, is a unanimous First-Team selection. Likewise, Carthage senior pitcher Trason Vogt is a unanimous First-Team choice.

Vogt is the COC Player of The Year.

The COC’s 18-player First-Team includes four Nixa selections and one Ozark choice.

Joining Akers and Mitchell on the First-Team are Nixa junior catcher Joe Reid and junior shortstop Evann Long. The foursome led the Eagles to the COC championship. 

Ozark senior shortstop Blake Mozley is a First-Team selection after hitting .349 with 20 runs scored. He walked 18 times on his way to a .488 on-base percentage. In addition, Mozley made only three errors to post a .964 fielding percentage.

The rest of the First-Team includes Willard’s Cole Biellier, Garrett Rice, Grant Harris and Ethan Thompson, Joplin’s Grant Jones, Webb City’s Cade Beason, Carl Junction’s Jeremiah Kennedy, Branson’s Graham Funderburk, Carthage’s Ian O’Malley and Republic’s Tyler Cavener.

Long, Rice, Biellier and Harris are also unanimous selections. 

Ozark’s second-teamers include senior catcher Carson Shaver, senior pitcher Dylan Frandsen, senior outfielder Darren Sims and senior outfielder Jake Skaggs. 

Skaggs topped Ozark with nine home runs and 27 RBIs. Sims hit .333 with four triples and two homers. Shaver totaled three homers and 24 RBIs. Frandsen was 4-4 with a 2.68 ERA.

Nixa’s second-teamers are senior pitcher Jake Uber and senior third baseman Bryant Avery.

Other second-teamers include Republic’s Jared Hughes, Webb City’s Cole Gayman and Cole McAllister, Joplin’s Josh Wells and Tyler Ledford, Neosho’s Tre’Von Letts, Willard’s Noah Woolridge, and Carthage’s Kale Schroeder and Josh Wells.

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It is awesome that Akers edged out over the competition to become COC Pitcher of the Year! I like the way that sounds!

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