Nevada softball team drops first four games

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Nevada pitcher Alex Van Dam and catcher Tanner Messerli bump into each other in an attempt to get to a fly ball during the Cubs’ game with Prairie City-Monroe May 27 at Nevada. Messerli held on to the ball to get the out and Van Dam pitched a quality game, but a lack of offense hurt Nevada in a 3-0 loss.
Nevada shortstop Skye Borton starts to make a throw over to first after fielding a grounder in the Cubs’ game with PCM May 27.

NEVADA – Struggles at the plate continued to haunt the Nevada softball team Monday in Nevada as the Cubs were shut out by Collins-Maxwell-Baxter, 4-0.

Nevada managed only four hits – all singles – against CMB pitcher Heather Jessen. The Cubs also drew just one walk as a team, falling to 0-4 both overall and in the Heart of Iowa Conference.

Nevada has been shut out twice and held to one run once – averaging just two hits in those contests versus CMB, Colfax-Mingo and Prairie City-Monroe. The Cubs only strong offensive outing was a 13-hit night in a 10-6 loss to South Hamilton May 28.

Nevada’s best chance to score came in the first inning. The Cubs loaded the bases, but were unable to push anyone across home plate.

Abby Van Dam, Erin Francis, Erica Helton and Izzy Kapustka each singled once for Nevada against CMB. Tanner Messerli picked up the one Cub walk in the game.

The woes at the plate masked another solid outing by the Cub defense and pitcher Alex Van Dam.

Alex gave up 12 hits and four walks, but she struck out seven and put a halt to any chance at extended rallies by the CMB offense.

CMB’s first run came in the second inning when Veronica Condon drove in courtesy runner Katie Camp. In the top of the sixth, the Raiders added another run when Abbey Appelgate singled, pinch runner Camp came in to run and scored on a Jessen single.

Payge Jurgens put the finishing touches on CMB’s win with a two-run homer in the seventh inning.

Appelgate and Mackenzie Schmitz each collected two singles and a pair of walks for CMB offensively. Condon and Abbie Haupert added two hits apiece.

Jessen got the win after throwing all seven innings and finishing with three strikeouts and one walk.

CMB 4, Nevada 0

CMB 010 001 2 – 4 12 NA

N 000 000 0 – 0 4 NA

CMB: Heather Jessen and Abbey Appelgate

N: Alex Van Dam and Tanner Messerli

WP: Jessen

LP: Van Dam

HR: CMB – Payge Jurgens

COLFAX – Good pitching and defense weren’t enough for Nevada in a 3-1 loss to Colfax-Mingo May 30 in Colfax.

Nevada pitcher Alex Van Dam held Colfax-Mingo to five hits and the Cub defense played solid behind her for most of the night. But Nevada could only produce one hit off Colfax-Mingo pitcher Amy Russell.

Colfax-Mingo scored once in the second inning and twice in the third. Van Dam and the Cub defense blanked the Tigerhawks the rest of the way, but the Cub offense failed to get a single hit during that stretch.

Van Dam ended up with five strikeouts and four walks in a losing effort.

Nevada’s only hit was a big one. Erica Helton smacked a solo home run in the top of the third inning.

Colfax-Mingo 3, Nevada 1

N 001 000 0 – 1 1 NA

C-M 012 000 0 – 3 5 NA

N: Alex Van Dam and Tanner Messerli

C-M: Amy Russell and Haley Rhiannon

WP: Russell

LP: Van Dam

2B: CM – Alivia Haley 2, Erin Earles

HR: N – Erica Helton

JEWELL – Its best offensive outing of the season wasn’t enough for Nevada in a 10-6 loss to South Hamilton May 28 in Jewell.

The Cubs pounded out 13 hits, but they were unable to slow the Hawks down. South Hamilton connected for 11 hits off Cub pitcher Alex Van Dam, including three doubles.

The bottom of the fifth inning proved to be Nevada’s downfall. The Cubs took a 4-2 lead into the Hawk half of the fifth, but then South Hamilton erupted for seven runs to take complete control.

Nevada scored one run apiece in the sixth and seventh frames, but it was far too little, too late.

Erin Frances went 2-for-4 with a double, two runs and one RBI and Erica Helton was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI to lead Nevada at the plate. Abby Van Dam and Skye Borton both went 2-for-4 as well, with Van Dam also picking up one run and RBI apiece.

Tanner Messerli singled and stole a base, Kelsey Haley singled and drove in a run, Lindsey Haley went 1-for-4 with one run and RBI apiece, Ellie Burlage singled and scored and Abby Stephenson also picked up a single for Nevada. Alex Van Dam finished with three strikeouts and one walk in seven innings of work to take the loss.

Kayla Lucas went 4-for-4 with a double and three runs, Carly Swenson finished 2-for-3 with four RBI and Ady Wintermote ended up 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI to lead South Hamilton offensively. Wintermote was the winning pitcher as she struck out six and didn’t walk any in seven innings.

South Hamilton 10, Nevada 6

N 000 311 1 – 6 13 NA

SH 200 071 X – 10 11 NA

N: Alex Van Dam and Tanner Messerli

SH: Ady Wintermote and Alyssa Hegland

WP: Wintermote

LP: Van Dam

2B: N – Erin Francis, Erica Helton; SH – Wintermote, Tiffany Jacobson, Kayla Lucas

NEVADA – Nevada couldn’t find its groove on offense in a 3-0 season-opening loss to Prairie City-Monroe May 27 in Nevada.

Nevada gave up two runs in the second inning and another in the third. The Cub defense and pitcher Alex Van Dam settled down after that to keep the Mustangs off the board over the final four innings, but Nevada could get nothing going at the plate, finishing with just one hit.

Van Dam gave up only two earned runs on four hits with five strikeouts and three walks in a losing effort. A Lindsey Haley single accounted for Nevada’s lone hit.

Tanner Messerli, Skye Borton and Kelsey Wiederien each walked once and pinch runner Ellie Burlage stole a base for the Cubs.

Rachael Freland struck out six and walked three to earn the win for PCM. Molly Vignovich went 2-for-4 with a double and a run, Krystal Pendroy drove in two runs and Abigail Gilson and Jayci Vos each scored once for PCM.

PCM 3, Nevada 0

PCM 021 000 0 – 3 4 NA

N 000 000 0 – 0 1 NA

PCM: Rachael Freland and Abigail Gilson

N: Alex Van Dam and Tanner Messerli

WP: Freland

LP: Van Dam

2B: PCM – Molly Vignovich

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