In a battle between two of the top teams in the area, the Kickapoo Chiefs held off the determined Rogersville Wildcats to win 2-1 (16-25, 25-20, 25-23) on Tuesday night
After combining for 33 victories in 2016, both Nixa and Kickapoo find themselves scrambling to quickly fill roster holes this season.
Willard shut out Liberty in the first game of the season.
Hillcrest took down Willow Springs on the road.
The Springfield Cardinals claimed the opener from the Northwest Arkansas Naturals, 7-3, before 3,262 fans at Arvest Ballpark on Tuesday night. With the win, the Cardinals remain 1.0 game in front of the Tulsa Drillers for 1st place in the North Division Second Half Standings.