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Cub softball team tops Saydel for first win

NEVADA – For six innings the Nevada softball team played a quality Greene County squad toe-to-toe Monday in Nevada.

But the Cubs couldn’t keep up their strong play into the seventh inning. The Rams plated three runs in the top of the inning and blanked Nevada in the bottom of that inning to hand the Cubs a 7-4 loss.

Nevada fell behind 1-0 in the top of the third inning, but responded in a big way. The Cubs put up all four of their runs in the bottom of that inning to briefly take charge.

Greene County came right back with three runs in the top of the fourth to tie the game. Neither team did anything at the plate over the next two innings to set up Greene County’s late rally.

Nevada had one of its better hitting outings of the season, compiling nine hits off Ram hurler Marissa Promes. Eight different Cub players ended up getting a hit.

Freshman Skye Borton came off the bench to provide an offensive spark despite having just participated in the Nevada girls’ soccer team’s regional final win over Clear Lake a couple hours earlier. Borton managed to go 2-for-2 with one run.

Madi Highland – Nevada’s starting shortstop in place of Borton – doubled and drove in two runs. Ellie Burlage went 1-for-4 with one steal, run and RBI apiece; Abby Van Dam singled, walked and scored; Tanner Messerli was 1-for-4 with an RBI; Erica Helton finished 1-for-3 with a walk and a steal; Peyton Messerli singled and scored and Kelsey Haley went 1-for-4.

Alex Van Dam was the losing Cub pitcher. She allowed five earned runs on 12 hits with two strikeouts and walks apiece going the full seven innings. The setback put Nevada at 1-6, both overall and in the Heart of Iowa Conference.

Marissa Promes picked up the win for Greene County as she struck out 11 and walked two in seven innings. Hannah Onken homered and drove in two runs and Sydney Koch was 2-for-3 with two RBI for the Rams on offense.

Greene County 7, Nevada 4

GC 001 300 3 – 7 12 NA

N 004 000 0 – 4 9 NA

GC: Marissa Promes and Hannah Cooklin

N: Alex Van Dam and Tanner Messerli

WP: Promes

LP: Van Dam

2B: GC – Emma Saddoris; N – Madi Highland

HR: GC – Hannah Onken

SAYDEL – Despite being shorthanded, Nevada turned in its best performance of the season Friday as the Cubs traveled to Saydel and knocked off the Eagles, 4-2, to earn their first victory.

A handful of Cub softball players were helping the Nevada girls’ soccer team pick up a 4-0 regional semifinal victory over Aplington-Parkersburg/Grundy Center that day. But other players stepped up to help the softball team improve to 1-5.

Nevada jumped out to a 3-0 lead over Saydel after plating three runs in the second inning. Saydel pulled within 3-2 with a pair of runs in the bottom of the third, but Cub pitcher Alex Van Dam and the defense behind her made sure they didn’t squander the lead.

Van Dam shut out Saydel over the final five innings. Meanwhile, the Cub offense put a big insurance run on the board in the sixth.

Van Dam gave up two earned runs on eight hits with one strikeout and no walks to earn the victory. She was backed up by solid defense and an eight-hit attack on offense.

Kelsey Haley and Abby Van Dam led Nevada at the plate by both going 2-for-4. Haley also walked, stole a base and drove in a run.

Erica Helton was 1-for-3 with one walk, run, steal and RBI apiece and Madi Highland stepped in at shortstop and went 1-for-3 with a run for the Cubs. Ellie Burlage took over at first base and ended up 1-for-4 with a steal and Emily Dieter finished 1-for-3 with an RBI.

Cub catcher Tanner Messerli and pinch runner Kelsey Wiederien each scored one run and Jordan McKinney knocked in a run for Nevada.

Nevada 4, Saydel 2

N 030 001 0 – 4 8 NA

S 002 000 0 – 2 8 NA

N: Alex Van Dam and Tanner Messerli

WP: Van Dam

NEVADA – One bad inning took the steam out of Nevada in a 10-3 loss to North Polk June 4 in Nevada.

The Cubs gave up five runs in the top of the fourth inning to fall behind 7-0. They closed within four runs over the next two innings, but North Polk answered with three runs in the seventh, putting the final nail in the coffin.

Nevada scored twice in the fifth inning and once in the sixth. The Cubs totaled eight hits and they also had three steals as a team.

Peyton Messerli and Erica Helton were both 2-for-3 with a run and Kelsey Haley finished 2-for-4 with a steal and an RBI. Messerli also drove in a run and stole a base.

Erin Francis finished 1-for-3 with a run and Holly Coogler singled and tacked on one steal. Ellie Burlage added a walk and a steal for the Cubs.

Alex Van Dam was the losing pitcher as she allowed 10 earned runs on 13 hits with four strikeouts and walks apiece in seven innings. Olivia Patterson picked up the win for North Polk after striking out six and walking one in seven innings.

Mikayla Burt was 3-for-4 with two solo home runs and Becca Ley finished 3-for-4 with two doubles and RBI apiece to lead North Polk offensively.

North Polk 10, Nevada 3

NP 002 500 3 – 10 13 NA

N 000 021 0 – 3 8 NA

NP: Olivia Patterson and Makayla Burt

N: Alex Van Dam and Tanner Messerli

WP: Patterson

LP: Van Dam

2B: NP – Becca Ley 2

HR: NP – Makayla Burt 2

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