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Nixa gains two road wins to stay perfect in COC play

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Nixa stayed undefeated in the COC by picking up wins against Branson and Webb City last week.

Jackson Edwards factored in the Eagles’ 7-3 win at Branson by driving in three runs. He had a two-run double in the first inning.

“That at-bat went good, after I swung through the first two pitches,” Edwards said. “I knew I had to protect and he gave me a good pitch. I had good timing on it and drove it.

“(Branson pitcher Carter Jenkins) is a slow, dirty curve-ball pitcher,” Edwards added. “He tries to get you off balance. He threw me three straight fast balls. I thought I was going to get off-speed.”

Prior to the trip to Branson, Edwards delivered a game-winning RBI double during Nixa’s march to the Lebanon Wooden Bat Tournament championship.

“That was awesome, one of my highlights on the year,” Edwards said. “I wanted to be in that situation and did my best.” 

It’s one of three walk-off hits the Eagles have enjoyed this season.

“We storm the field, tackle each, throw water up in the air, that sort of thing. It's fun. It doesn't get old,” Edwards said of their celebrations.

Jaret Nelson added an RBI-single for Nixa at Branson, as the Eagles enjoyed a 7-0 lead. But Nixa was shut out over the final five innings.

“We got to (Jenkins) early in the game because we were aggressive and he was elevated,” coach Logan Hughes said. “Then, I think we were overanxious later in the game. We got away from our approach of swinging at good pitches and we were just swinging and getting out in front.”

Winning pitcher Keith Piepmeier allowed three hits and two walks while striking out 11.

Nixa totaled 14 hits in its 11-9 triumph at Webb City.

Nelson was 4-for-5 with three RBIs and Sam Russo, Rylan Michel, Tanner Grant and Caiden Cloud all added two hits.

The Eagles trailed 9-6, before scoring twice in the fifth inning and three times in the sixth.

Rylan Evans threw 4.1 innings of one-hit relief.

Over the weekend, Nixa (24-3) lost 11-1 to Liberty North and fell 10-8 to Liberty.

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