FORSYTH — Natalie Wilks was hoping to make the 60-mile trip from Sparta to Mountain Grove on Tuesday, rather than the 30-mile drive from Sparta to Forsyth.
Emma Vincent’s father, Ryan, was a heralded pitcher and hitter in his glory days at Hollister, NorthArk and Southwest Baptist. He was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals, but never signed, and began his college career at Mizzou.
REPUBLIC — Katie Faulk didn’t know she has done so well against Ozark during her three-year Nixa career. But she doesn’t think it’s a coincidence the Lady Tigers have brought out her best.
Hailee Vigneaux has been able to adjust well to the end of her softball playing career, thanks to her transition to coaching. The 2014 Ozark grad is in her first year as an assistant at Drury.
WILLARD — There are countless tales of catchers using their experience behind the plate to become successful coaches and managers. Ozark graduate Nya Morgan seems to be another example.
BRANSON — When asked what the turning point to her senior season was, Emma Vincent responded without hesitation that it was essentially hitting rock bottom at Glendale three weeks ago.
Being a sophomore, Jordyn Foley hadn’t talked to any of her Ozark upperclassmen teammates during school Tuesday. Thus, she wasn’t privy to the news senior pitcher Hattie Depee had been in an auto accident the night before.
Kenna Mayfield was happy to have her destiny in her hands again Tuesday, after the junior center fielder’s fate was sealed for two weeks without her being able to do anything about it.
SPRINGFIELD — Maddy Meierer and her Nixa teammates could relate Saturday how Glendale hitters felt a year ago by facing a former teammate in the center circle.