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Nevada baseball team rallies past Greene County

Brandon DeGroot pitched a great game against North Polk for Nevada June 4 at Alleman, as the Cubs lost a 2-1 battle to the No. 2 team in 2A. (Photo by JONATHAN KRUEGER)
Brandon DeGroot pitched a great game against North Polk for Nevada June 4 at Alleman, as the Cubs lost a 2-1 battle to the No. 2 team in 2A. (Photo by JONATHAN KRUEGER)
Nevada’s Traye Pelzer camps under a fly ball in left field during the Cubs’ 2-1 loss to North Polk June 4. (Photo by JONATHAN KRUEGER)
Nevada’s Traye Pelzer camps under a fly ball in left field during the Cubs’ 2-1 loss to North Polk June 4. (Photo by JONATHAN KRUEGER)

NEVADA – A furious comeback allowed the Nevada baseball team to pull off a 6-5 victory over Greene County Monday at Billy Sunday Field in Nevada.

It appeared Nevada was dead in the water going into the bottom of the seventh trailing 5-2. The Cubs had scored twice in the first inning, but their bats had gone silent since.

With no signs of life for five innings, Nevada easily could have folded the tent. But instead the Cubs found a way to get going at just the right time, plating four runs in the bottom the seventh to steal victory from the jaws of defeat.

Nevada ended up with eight hits. Jake Kapustka went 2-for-4 with a double and four RBI and Bennett Thompson was 3-for-4 with a double and a run as the heavy hitters for the Cubs.

Macade Matuska also had a big hit, finishing 1-for-3 with two RBI. Alex Good smacked a pair of doubles and scored twice and Traye Pelzer, Brandon DeGroot and pinch runner Colton Tibedeau each scored once.

Cam Shill earned the win in relief. The eight-grader threw a scoreless seventh inning with two walks and no hits allowed.

Tyler Shafer got the start for Nevada. He threw six innings and allowed three earned runs on four hits with eight strikeouts and six walks.

The victory put Nevada at 3-4 on the season, as well as in the Heart of Iowa Conference.

Colton Fitzpatrick threw all seven innings for Greene County to take the loss. He finished with four strikeouts and walks apiece.

Daric Whipple was the top Ram hitter as he went 2-for-4 with two runs and one steal. Alex Rasmussen ended 2-for-3 with one run and RBI apiece.

Nevada 6, Greene County 5

GC 012 011 0 – 5 4 NA

N 200 000 4 – 6 8 NA

GC: Colton Fitzpatrick and Branden Miller

N: Tyler Shafer, Cam Shill (7) and Macade Matuska

WP: Shill

LP: Fitzpatrick

2B: N – Alex Good 2, Jake Kapustka, Bennett Thompson

SAYDEL – A rough early stretch proved too much for Nevada to overcome in a 12-0 loss to Saydel in five innings Friday at Saydel.

The Cubs gave up five runs in both the first and third innings. They also allowed two runs in the second.

On offense Nevada couldn’t get anyhing going to counter Saydel’s big start. The Cubs ended up with just one hit all game.

Cam Shill took the loss after giving up five earned runs on five hits with three walks in two innings. Colton Tibedeau surrendered five runs – just one earned – on four hits with three walks in two innings of relief.

Alex Good singled in two at-bats for Nevada’s only hit. The loss put the Cubs at 2-4 both overall and in the Heart of Iowa Conference.

Saydel 12, Nevada 0 (5)

N 000 00 – 0 1 NA

S 525 0X – 12 9 NA

N: Cam Shill, Colton Tibedeau (3) and Macade Matuska

LP: Shill

ALLEMAN – It was ‘oh, so close’ for the Nevada baseball team verses defending Heart of Iowa Champion North Polk June 4 in Alleman.

The Cubs, one of only two teams to beat North Polk in conference play last year, took North Polk to the wire June 4. Behind great pitching from Brandon DeGroot, Nevada only trailed 1-0 going into the sixth inning.

The Cubs tied the game in the top of the sixth and DeGroot and the Cub defense kept the score 1-1 going into the seventh. But Nevada was unable to put up a run off North Polk pitcher Blake Brauer in the top of the seventh, and in the bottom of the inning the Comets plated the winning run to hand Nevada a heartbreaking defeat.

Nevada outhit North Polk 6-4. But the Cubs were hurt by two errors and the Comets didn’t commit a single miscue in the field.

DeGroot went 2-for-3 with a double and a run and Traye Pelzer was also 2-for-3 with one double. Jake Kapustka added a double, Alex Good singled once in three at-bats and Nolan Stahl drew the lone Cub walk.

DeGroot struck out four and only walked two in 6 2/3 innings. He only allowed one earned run all game.

Brauer finished with eight strikeouts and one walk in seven innings to pick up the victory for North Polk. Russell Greene was 2-for-4 with a double, Grant Schiltz went 2-for-4 with one run and RBI apiece, Grant Lang drove in one run, Matt Cox scored once and Cole Jackson and Chris Flynn each picked up a walk for the Comets.

North Polk 2, Nevada 1

N 000 001 0 – 1 6 2

NP 100 000 1 – 2 4 0

NP: Blake Brauer and Grant Lang

N: Brandon DeGroot and Macade Matuska

WP: Brauer

LP: DeGroot

2B: N – DeGroot, Traye Pelzer, Jake Kapustka; NP – Russell Greene

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