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Nevada can’t shake slow start in loss to CMB

Nevada’s Jake Kapustka fouls off a ball during the Cubs’ game with Collins-Maxwell-Baxter Monday in Collins.
Nevada’s Jake Kapustka fouls off a ball during the Cubs’ game with Collins-Maxwell-Baxter Monday in Collins.
Nevada third baseman Tyler Shafer eyes first base after coming up with a grounder during the Cubs’ Heart of Iowa Conference game with CMB Monday.
Nevada third baseman Tyler Shafer eyes first base after coming up with a grounder during the Cubs’ Heart of Iowa Conference game with CMB Monday.

COLLINS – Mistakes in the field and too many strikeouts at the plate resulted in a 7-4 for loss for the Nevada baseball team versus Collins-Maxwell-Baxter Monday in Collins.

Nevada had three untimely errors and the Cubs struck out a total of 12 times against CMB pitchers Hunter McWhirter and Brady Stover, suffering their second loss in as many games against the Raiders this season.

“We know what the problem is, we’ve just got to fix it,” Nevada head coach Doug Anderson said. “We’ve got to get better with the bats. We lead the state in 3A with number of strikeouts (on offense). We’re letting way too many fastballs by us.”

After falling behind 6-2, Nevada had two cracks to do some damage against CMB.

In the top of the fifth inning Nevada loaded the bases with two outs. Patrick Stephenson doubled with two outs and Traye Pelzer and Alex Good both followed with a walk, but Chris Dobernecker struck out on a 3-2 pitch to end the inning.

In the sixth Nevada put two runs on the board to pull within 6-4.

Bennett Thompson singled and Macade Matuska reached on an error to start the inning; two batters later, Brandon DeGroot drove pinch runners Erik Fevold and Peyton Sharp home with a single. Stephenson hit a single two batters later to put runners on first and second with two outs, but after CMB brought in Stover to close the game, Pelzer was caught looking on a 3-2 pitch to end the inning.

CMB put up a run in the bottom of the sixth to give Stover a three-run cushion and he closed out the Cubs in the seventh by forcing Good to ground out and picking up two more strikeouts.

Stover ended up striking out three of the four batters he faced to pick up the save. McWhirter allowed all four Cub runs on eight hits with nine strikeouts and three walks in 5 2/3 innings to get the victory.

DeGroot threw all seven innings for Nevada to take the loss. DeGroot ended up with six strikeouts and four walks and he was hurt by three Cub errors in the field.

The most costly miscue came in the second inning. With CMB holding on to a 3-2 lead, Stover hit a deep fly ball with two outs.

It appeared Stover was going to be the final out of the inning, but the ball took a bad bounce when Pelzer tried to snare it in center field. McWhirter then cranked his first career home run over the fence on CMB’s very next at-bat.

“That’s the first ball Traye’s dropped all year,” Anderson said. “He’s been a wildcat out there all year long for us. He’s made plays I don’t expect any center fielder to make. It was just plain bad luck.”

In the first inning Pelzer scored Nevada’s first run after he hit a one-out single and Dobernecker stepped up with an RBI double. In the second inning Thompson hit a leadoff single, Matuska reached on an error and then DeGroot hit an RBI double scoring Sharp, who pinch ran for Thompson.

DeGroot finished with a double and a single plus three RBI at the plate. Stephenson tallied a double and a single, Thompson had two singles and Pelzer and Dobernecker each ended up with one hit.

The loss put the Cubs at 6-12 on the season and 5-8 in the HOIC. CMB improved to 5-10 and 4-9 respectively.

CMB 7, Nevada 4

N 110 002 0 – 4 8 3

CMB 320 011 X – 7 7 2

N: Brandon DeGroot and Macade Matuska

CMB: Hunter McWhirter, Brady Stover (6) and Brad Ritter, McWhirter (6)

WP: McWhirter

LP: DeGroot

SV: Stover

2B: N – DeGroot, Chris Dobernecker, Patrick Stephenson; CMB – Stover, Tucker Maxwell, Seth Balke, Zach Samson

HR: CMB – McWhirter

SLATER – Nevada struggled to find any rhythm offensively at the Ballard Invitational Saturday in Slater as the Cubs failed to score in losses to Ballard and Gilbert.

Ballard handed Nevada a 7-0 loss and Gilbert defeated the Cubs by a 12-0 score in five innings. The two losses ended some positive momentum for Nevada as the Cubs had won Heart of Iowa Conference games over South Hamilton and Colfax-Mingo in their two previous outings.

In the loss to Ballard, Nevada only picked up four hits and Cub batters struck out 10 times and only drew one walk. Alex Good went 2-for-3, Macade Matuska and Jack Higgins both singled once and Traye Pelzer walked and stole a base for the Cubs.

Ballard scored one run in the second, two in the third, another in the fourth and three in the fifth to gradually pull away. The Bombers finished with eight hits off Cub pitcher Colton Tibedeau.

Tibedeau walked eight and struck out one and he allowed four earned runs in six innings to take the loss.

Jacob Nethers went 3-for-3 with a double, two steals, two runs and an RBI to pace Ballard offensively. Jonny Luster was the winning Bomber pitcher as he threw six innings and struck out nine with one walk.

Nevada only tallied three hits against Gilbert. The Cubs gave up four runs in the second, three in the third and five in the fourth to fall in five innings due to the 10-run rule.

Pelzer, Matuska and Cam Shill each singled once and Good drew a walk for Nevada. Shill was the losing pitcher as he allowed nine earned runs on nine hits with four walks and two strikeouts in four innings.

Steven Lawrence went 3-for-3 with two RBI; Evan Johnson was 2-for-2 with a double, three runs and RBI apiece; Wyatt Rhoads drove in four runs and Nick Day knocked in two runs for the Tigers. Dax Hatfield was the winning Gilbert pitcher as he struck out seven with one walk in five innings.

Ballard 7, Nevada 0

N 000 000 0 – 0 4 NA

B 012 130 X – 7 8 NA

N: Colton Tibedeau and Macade Matuska

B: Jonny Luster, Nathan Carlin (7) and Marcus Johnson

WP: Luster

LP: Tibedeau

2B: B – Nethers

Gilbert 12, Nevada 0 (5)

N 000 00 – 0 3 NA

G 043 5X – 12 12 NA

N: Cam Shill and Matuska

G: Dax Hatfield and Jared Gescheidler

WP: Hatfield

LP: Shill

2B: G – Zach Paul, Evan Johnson

NEVADA – Nevada turned in a complete performance against Colfax-Mingo Friday at Billy Sunday Field as the Cubs connected for eight hits and only gave up one in a 7-0 victory over the Tigerhawks.

Nevada scored three runs in both the second and fourth innings. The Cubs capped their scoring with a run in the sixth.

The dominant pitching of Alex Good took care of the rest as Nevada earned its second consecutive Heart of Iowa Conference victory after a 7-6 win over South Hamilton two nights earlier in Nevada.

Good was simply overpowering on the mound. He racked up an incredible 16 strikeouts with only three walks, tossing a one-hit shutout.

On offense Traye Pelzer led the way by going 3-for-3 with a walk, run, steal and two RBI. Brandon DeGroot was 2-for-3 with a double, run and two RBI, Jake Kapustka went 1-for-3 with a walk, run and RBI, Bennett Thompson singled and scored and Macade Matuska tallied a double and a steal.

The victory gave Nevada a season sweep of Colfax-Mingo.

Nevada 7, Colfax-Mingo 0

C-M 000 000 0 – 0 1 NA

N 030 301 X – 7 8 NA

N: Alex Good and Macade Matuska

WP: Good

2B: N – Matuska, Brandon DeGroot

NEVADA – Nevada snapped out of a little funk with an exhilarating victory over South Hamilton June 18 at Billy Sunday Field as the Cubs knocked off the Hawks in nine innings, 7-6.

The Cubs scored the tying run in the bottom of the sixth inning. That put the score at 4-4 and neither team could push a run across in the seventh to force extra innings.

In the eighth inning the bats again went silent for both teams. South Hamilton then busted out of its funk with two runs in the top of the ninth to take control, but Nevada came right back with a bigger surge, plating three runs to win the game in dramatic fashion.

Tyler Shafer threw all nine innings to pick up the victory for Nevada. He allowed just one earned run on seven hits with an impressive 14 strikeouts and four walks.

The Cubs picked up six hits on offense. They also took advantage of eight walks.

Traye Pelzer, Alex Good, Jake Kapustka, Bennett Thompson, Macade Matuska and Chris Dobernecker each singled once for Nevada. Pelzer also walked twice, stole a base and scored three times;, Good walked once, stole a base and recorded one run and RBI apiece; Kapustka scored once; Thompson drove in two runs and picked up a walk and a run and Dobernecker finished with a walk and a run.

Brandon DeGroot also walked and drove in a run and Shafer and Patrick Stephenson both earned one free pass for Nevada.

Nevada 7, South Hamilton 6

SH 000 202 002 – 6 7 NA

N 001 021 003 – 7 6 NA

N: Tyler Shafer and Macade Matuska

WP: Shafer

NEVADA – Nothing went Nevada’s way against non-conference rival Ballard June 17 at Billy Sunday Field.

The Cubs struggled out of the gate and then suffered through an 11-run Bomber outbreak in the fourth inning en route to a 16-1 loss in four innings due to the 15-run rule put in place after four frames.

“We practice well, but don’t play like we practice,” Nevada head coach Doug Anderson said. “We’re not hitting the ball, we’re not playing defense; we’re not doing a whole lot right right now.”

Nevada scored its only run in the bottom of the first inning. Patrick Stephenson led off the Cub half of the first with an infield single, moved to second after Jake Kapustka was hit by a pitch and then scored on an RBI single by Bennett Thompson.

Nevada didn’t get another hit over the final three innings.

Cub starting pitcher Brandon DeGroot gave up three runs in the first and two in the second. He blanked the Bombers in the third, but everything went south in a hurry for the Cubs in the fourth.

Ballard compiled eight hits in the fourth. The Bombers also took advantage of three walks, one hit batsman and one Nevada error

DeGroot ended up with three strikeouts and five walks in three innings to take the loss. Cam Shill came on in the fourth and had two walks for Nevada.

Kenny Randolph went 3-for-4 with five RBI and Lane Volkman picked up three hits, including two doubles, and drove in three runs to lead Ballard on offense. Spencer Struve was the winning Bomber pitcher as he struck out four in three innings and Kai Reinertson struck out the side for Ballard in the fourth.

Ballard 16, Nevada 1 (4)

B 320 (11) – 16 13 1

N 100 0 – 1 2 2

B: Spencer Struve, Kai Reinertson (4) and Isaiah Johnson

N: Brandon DeGroot, Cam Shill (4) and Macade Matuska

WP: Struve

LP: DeGroot

2B: B – Lane Volkman 2, Spencer Struve, Nick Hartman