Ozark grads Blake Mozley and Carson Shaver have never attended a Show-Me Collegiate League (SMCL) game at U.S. Baseball Park. That will change next week, as they take part in the league.
Nixa has five representatives and Ozark three selections on the All-Class 5 District 10 Team. Who's not on the team arguably is as notable as who is.
Clever’s players and coaches bypassed all the curves on the exceptionally windy road that is Highway 14 between Sparta and Ava. The Jays were alerted Hwy. 14 was closed about 10 miles west of Ava and thus their team bus traveled along Hwy. 160 en route to the Douglas County county seat Monday.
Kinson Michel made the most of the time he had this spring to be active, banging out two hits in both Nixa’s Class 5 District 10 semifinal and final games.
The bonds Nixa’s players built on their way to a No. 1-ranking and the friendships they formed for as long as they can remember will be ever-so important after another moment of despair for the Eagles.
Kinson Michel is well aware extra-inning games can sometimes continue on and on because hitters give in to temptation and swing for a home run. What’s more, he knows the heroic feeling of delivering an extra-inning, game-winning homer, having done so this season in Nixa’s 14-inning regular-s…
Mutual respect was abundant in the aftermath of Ozark’s 2-0 Class 5 District 10 semifinal setback at the hands of Glendale on Monday. To that end, no pitcher has received and deserved more respect this spring than the Falcons’ Ty Wilmsmeyer.
Even Braden McAllister’s biggest fans probably didn’t expect to see him in Ozark’s starting lineup Saturday. Likewise, even Jarrett Engel’s most passionate supporters would have had a hard time early in the week imagining he would get the start on the mound for the Tigers in their District opener.
Nixa’s stars came out to pitch on Saturday. The Eagles’ supporting cast came in to provide clutch hits. It added up to a 4-0 triumph over Parkview in a Class 5 District 10 first-round game.
Carson Shaver fell into the trap of trying to live up to the pre-season hype that comes with being an NCAA D-I signee. The Ozark catcher and Missouri State recruit found himself hitting .125 a month into the season, thanks to a 3-for-24 start.
Nixa has to be hoping the Missouri Baseball Coaches Association (MBCA) can continue its streak of picking the eventual Class 5 state champion.