Maya Herman is among the Nixa players who will be the happiest to see Jaden Labarge return to the center circle for the Lady Eagles.
His top two pitchers and umpires weren't available Wednesday, but Nixa coach Matt Walker felt a strong need to make up the Lady Eagles’ final double-header of summer league play with Republic.
Jaden LaBarge served as Nixa’s designated player for half of her freshman year and most of her sophomore season. She thrived in that role, posting a .384 batting average with two home runs, 20 RBIs and a team-high 38 hits a year ago.
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.
Clever third baseman Kenna Wise’s mother, Angie, coaches volleyball for the Lady Jays, but has a softball a background, as well,. She previously coached at Crane and led the Lady Pirates’ softball program to several District titles.
A visit with her hitting coach who doubles as her older brother helped Spokane shortstop Micayla McClure hit the ball hard in all four of her at-bats Wednesday.
Like many hitters who play club ball and school ball, Spokane third baseman Shelby Byrne can actually have more trouble against slower pitching during school ball.
By splitting games this past week with the top two teams in southwest Missouri this spring, Kylie Wenger and Clever showed the Lady Jays can play with anyone.
Among Paige Tate’s many lasting impressions of Spokane’s new softball field is her vantage point from the center circle. When pitching, there will be afternoons in which she is facing the sun, as it will be just to the left of home plate.
With Clever relying on freshman Kylie Wenger and sophomore Sierra Adkins to handle its pitching, coach Cheryl Grant is glad to have veteran Ashten Graaf behind the plate.
The chase for the All-Sports Trophy for girls in the Central Ozark Conference for the 2018-19 school year may be over not long after it began.Ozark gained a commanding edge on the rest of the league during the fall sports season, as the Lady Tigers enjoyed unprecedented success within the lo…