Honors bestowed upon Jakki (Prater) Schneider over the past year have stirred cherished memories of her softball career for the former Nixa star.
One by one, Missouri Southern's seniors handed in their uniforms for the final time in the weeks following the sudden halt to their season in March due to the coronavirus outbreak.
SPRINGFIELD — After having a close call in the morning Thursday, Ozark was able to take the drama out of its Class 4 District 10 semifinal matchup with Glendale right off the bat by plating seven runs over the first two innings.
SPRINGFIELD — Both sides got the matchup they wanted Thursday, as former Nixa player Jaden LaBarge pitched against the Lady Eagles during prime time of their Class 4 District 10 semifinal contest.
Nixa was one of the coldest teams entering post-season in Class 4 District 10 a year ago and received the No. 1 seed. The Lady Eagles are among the hottest teams in the District this year and are the No. 3 seed.
Having seen shortstop Ashlei Coonrod stay in front of hard-hit ground balls ripped her way on Branson’s concrete joke of an infield two weeks ago, Ozark coach Jimmy Nimmo made a point to tell his players afterward he was proud of her bravery.