Maddi Spies took her sweet time rounding the bases following her pivotal three-run home run in Ozark’s 10-5 win at Nixa on Tuesday.
The irony of Maddy Meirerer’s first start at Nixa being against her former Glendale teammates Saturday didn’t overwhelm her. Likewise, she’s handled her transition from being a Lady Falcon to a Lady Eagle as smoothly as anyone could have hoped.
Ozark pitcher Hattie Depee is counting on becoming less of a pitch-to-contact type and up her strikeout total this season, thanks to increased efficiency in her changeup and screwball.
Abby Ford enjoyed one of the better freshman seasons in Ozark history a year ago. She batted .459 on her way to earning All-COC First-Team honors. Her 39 hits put her on a pace in which she eventually could challenge Caitlin Chapin’s school-record 168 career hits.
Expectations at Ozark are for the Lady Tigers to match or better the 245 runs and .363 team batting average they posted a year ago. But coach Jimmy Nimmo doesn’t anticipate this season’s team to approach the 44 home runs of last year’s team.
When reflecting on her stat line from her sophomore season a year ago, Nixa catcher Emma Vincent can’t say she is surprised by any of the streaks or oddities she endured and enjoyed.