Big day by Troy's Nixon ends season for Lady Jays softball
JEFFERSON CITY --- In the circle, Troy's Kiersten Nixon proved to be too much for Jefferson City.
But at the plate, well ... Kiersten Nixon proved to be too much for Jefferson City.
In the biggest game of the year, Nixon came up huge.
The Troy senior tossed a two-hitter and struck out 11, while collecting two hits and two RBI, as the Lady Trojans knocked out the Lady Jays 4-0 in the Class 4 sectionals at Vogel Field.
"She had a great night," Lady Jays coach Zac Miller said. "We knew we had to try and get on her, but she was our nemesis --- too many strikeouts on our end, we have to do a better job than that."
Just nine days ago in the regular-season finale between the same teams, the Lady Jays struck out nine times against Nixon (19-2), but did reach her for five hits in Troy's 8-2 win.
But not on this day. And while she was blanking Jefferson City (18-9), she also did the bulk of the damage at the plate.
On the first pitch in the top of the fourth inning, Nixon ripped a home run to give Troy (24-4-1) a 1-0 lead --- and that proved to be the only run Nixon would need.
After a foul-ball sacrifice fly by Haylee McGinty made it 2-0, Nixon went from long ball to small ball in the fifth when her suicide squeeze bumped the margin to 3-0. Later in the fifth, it was another RBI squeeze by Kelsey Sachs that ended the scoring.
Mychael Jett (15-8) --- the only senior starter for the Lady Jays --- took the loss, giving up 11 hits and fanning four.
"She was grinding all game long, just like she has all season," Miller said. "Defensively, we had some miscues (two errors) and this time of year, you can't make mistakes like that and expect to go on."
Offensively, the Lady Jays could muster only a second-inning single by Olivia Wallace through the first five innings. Then in the sixth came a sequence that was this game in a nutshell.
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