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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.

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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.

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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.

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BRANSON — Although she was a home run girl Tuesday, Ozark second baseman Athena Andrews was thinking single, as in single game.