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Cubs give No. 9 Bluejays a scare in regional quarterfinals

Nevada’s Skye Borton takes a cut at a pitch during the Cubs’ Class 3A regional quarterfinal game with No. 9 Bondurant-Farrar July 8 in Bondurant. Borton and the Cubs gave the defending 3A state champions a scare before losing a 4-3 heartbreaker. (Photo by Lori Stephenson)
Nevada’s Skye Borton takes a cut at a pitch during the Cubs’ Class 3A regional quarterfinal game with No. 9 Bondurant-Farrar July 8 in Bondurant. Borton and the Cubs gave the defending 3A state champions a scare before losing a 4-3 heartbreaker. (Photo by Lori Stephenson)

BONDURANT – The Nevada girls’ softball team showed just how far it has come during the Class 3A regional quarter finals July 8 at Bondurant.

The Cubs pushed defending 3A state champion Bondurant-Farrar to the limit before suffering a 4-3 loss to the Bluejays.

Nevada has spent several years as a punching bag for top-level teams in 3A. The Cubs struggled through most of this season, but came on strong late – winning three of their final six regular season games, with two of their losses coming by one run.

The strong momentum from the good regular-season finish carried over into the regional opener. Nevada fell behind 2-0 after one inning, but held its ground over the next five frames as Bondurant-Farrar was only able to increase its lead to 3-0 going into the seventh.

In the final inning of regulation, Nevada put a big scare into the ninth-rated Bluejays. The Cubs plated three runs in the top of the inning to tie the game and put immense pressure on Bondurant-Farrar.

But the Bluejays came through when it mattered, answering Nevada with run in the bottom of the seventh to win the game.

Nevada finished the season at 5-19. Cub pitcher Alex Van Dam surrendered four earned runs on 13 hits with three walks and no strikeouts in six innings in her final game for the Cubs.

On offense Nevada tallied nine hits. Erica Helton had the big blow for Nevada as she went 2-for-4 and smacked a two-run homer in the seventh.

Skye Borton was 2-for-3 with an RBI, Kelsey Haley finished 2-for-4 with a triple and a run, Abby Van Dam singled and scored and Abby Stephenson and Ellie Burlage each picked up one hit for Nevada. Tanner Messerli drew one walk for the Cubs.

Bondurant-Farrar improved to 18-13 with the victory. Keely Bycroft picked up the win as she struck out seven and walked one in seven innings.

Emily Wilson went 4-for-4 with a home run, steal, three runs and two RBI to pace Bondurant-Farrar at the plate. Ashley Burrows ended up 2-for-4 with a double, steal and run, Bycroft was 2-for-2 with a double and two walks and Annika Ekstam and Erin Handley each drove in a run for the Bluejays.

Bondurant-Farrar 4, Nevada 3

N 000 000 3 – 3 9 NA

B-F 200 010 1 – 4 13 NA

N: Alex Van Dam and Tanner Messerli

B-F: Keely Bycroft and Annika Ekstam

WP: Bycroft

LP: Van Dam

2B: B-F – Bycroft, Ashley Burrows

3B: N – Kelsey Haley

HR: N – Erica Helton; B-F – Emily Wilson

JEFFERSON – Nevada gave Heart of Iowa Conference runner-up Greene County a great fight before succumbing to the Rams in eight innings, 5-4, July 7 at Jefferson.

The Cubs jumped out to a quick 3-1 lead. Greene County tied the score by the end of the fourth inning and neither team was able to get on the board over the final three frames, forcing extra innings.

Nevada managed to put one run on the board in the top of the eighth to briefly go back on top. But Greene County countered with two runs in the bottom of the inning to win the game.

The Cubs ended up 4-14 in the HOIC and Greene County finished 15-3 in the conference, trailing only Prairie City-Monroe (16-2) in the final standings.

Nevada tallied seven hits in the loss. Erica Helton was 2-for-4 with one run and two RBI, Kelsey Haley finished 2-for-3 with two runs and a walk, Ellie Burlage singled and scored, Madi Highland was 1-for-3 with an RBI and Tanner Messerli hit a double for the Cubs.

Alex Van Dam was the losing pitcher. She gave up five runs – three earned – on 11 hits with four strikeouts and two walks.

Marissa Promes struck out 10 and walked one to get the win for Greene County. Carleigh Paup was 3-for-4 with a double, run and two RBI and Emma Saddoris went 2-for-4 with a home run, two runs and a steal for the Rams on offense.

Greene County 5, Nevada 4 (8)

N 300 000 01 – 4 7 NA

GC 101 100 02 – 5 11 NA

N: Alex Van Dam and Tanner Messerli

GC: Marissa Promes and Hannah Cooklin

WP: Promes

LP: Van Dam

2B: N – Messerli; GC – Promes, Tressa Rasmussen, Carleigh Paup

HR: GC – Emma Saddoris

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