Nixa, Mo. The Free State High baseball team suffered its first loss of the season on Saturday, falling 9-3 to Nixa High School.
The Firebirds scored all three of their runs in the top of the fourth, but Nixa plated four in the bottom of the fifth to take the lead.
“We were playing well and had the lead in the fifth, but had a couple of miscues,” Free State coach Mike Hill said.
Free State starting pitcher Casey Hearnen took the loss to drop to 1-1 on the season. All four of the Firebirds’ hits were singles.
FSHS (3-1) will return home for its Sunflower League opener at 5:30 p.m. Thursday against Shawnee Mission East.
Nixa High 9, Free State 3
FSHS 000 300 0 — 3 4 3
Nixa 100 431 X — 9 9 2
W — McGuire. L — Casey Hearnen.
1B — Jacob Pavlayk, Cameron Pope, Mikey Corbett and Cooper Karlin.