NEVADA – It was one of those nights where nothing was clicking offensively for the Nevada baseball team when the Cubs took on Collins-Maxwell-Baxter Monday at Billy Sunday Field in Nevada.
The Cubs picked up just three hits against CMB pitcher Seth Balke and they only made one serious threat all game, falling to 2-2 both overall and in the Heart of Iowa Conference.
“I don’t remember the last time we’ve been beaten by CMB,” Nevada head coach Doug Anderson said. “I knew there’d be games like this because we’re so young. But I expected those to be against the upper half of the conference. We struggled at the plate on a pitcher we should’ve taken care of.”
The bottom of the fourth inning was Nevada’s best chance to make something happen.
With CMB leading 2-0, Traye Pelzer reached on an error to lead off the Cub half of the third. Two batters later Jake Kapustka reached on a throwing error to put runners on the corners with just one out.
But Balke picked up a big strikeout, then forced Nolan Stahl to hit into a force play to end the inning.
Nevada had another opportunity in the sixth. Pelzer hit a one-out single and Kapustka singled with two outs to put runners on the corner again. But another Balke strikeout ended the Cub threat and Nevada went down in order in the seventh to end the game.
Alex Good took the loss. Coming off an outstanding 17-strikeout night in a win over South Hamilton in his first start, Good was just a little off his game against CMB.
Good allowed seven hits, but he still was overpowering, registering 14 strikeouts against two walks.
“Alex pitched well enough to win,” Anderson said. “He didn’t have his best stuff tonight. But he definitely had good enough stuff to win. But our bats were totally up in the shed all night long.”
Cam Shill threw a scoreless seventh inning for Nevada in relief.
“Cam is going to see a lot more innings,” Anderson said. “He’s pitched well the two or three short stretches I’ve brought him in.”
Pelzer singled twice and Kapustka finished with one single for Nevada’s only hits.
CMB improved to 1-3 both overall and in the HOIC with the win. Balke finished with nine strikeouts and no walks and he also went 2-for-3 at the plate with a double and a run.
Creighton Caple was 2-for-3 with three RBI and Brady Stover went 2-for-3 with a double, two runs and one walk, steal and RBI apiece for the Raiders.
CMB 5, Nevada 0
CMB 101 021 0 – 5 7 2
N 000 000 0 – 0 3 2
CMB: Seth Balke and Hunter McWhirter
N: Alex Good, Cam Shill (7) and Macade Matuska
2B: CMB – Balke, Creighton Caple, Brady Stover
COLFAX – Nevada coasted to its second victory of the season with a 10-0 drubbing of Colfax-Mingo in five innings Friday in Colfax.
The Cubs put up three runs in the first inning and another in the third to build an early 4-0 lead. They added six runs over the next two innings and pitcher Tyler Shafer kept the Tigerhawks off the board to end the game early due to the 10-run rule.
Shafer struck out 11 batters and gave up four hits and walks apiece in the victory. He was backed up by a Cub offense that tallied nine hits, seven walks and five steals.
Patrick Stephenson, Traye Pelzer and Alex Good each collected two hits apiece for Nevada. Stephenson also tallied three runs, one walk, two steals and one RBI; Pelzer produced three runs and one walk, steal and RBI apiece and Good doubled, walked, scored twice, stole two bases and drove home four runs.
Brandon DeGroot, Jake Kapustka and Bennett Thompson each singled once for Nevada. DeGroot drove in two runs, Kapustka scored once and Thompson drew one walk.
Macade Matuska walked and scored a run and Nolan Stahl and Can Shill each walked once.
Nevada 10, Colfax-Mingo 0 (5)
N 301 24 – 10 9 NA
C-M 000 00 – 0 4 NA
N: Tyler Shafer and Macade Matuska
2B: Alex Good
JEWELL – Nevada picked up its first victory of the season in decisive fashion May 28 as the Cubs traveled to Jewell and pasted South Hamilton by a 10-3 score.
The Cubs used a big third inning and a strong finish to put away the Hawks.
The game was knotted at 2-2 going into the third when Nevada busted out for four runs. South Hamilton pulled within 6-3 through five innings, but Nevada scored two runs in each of the final two innings and pitchers Alex Good and Cam Shill combined to blank the Hawks during that stretch to ice the game.
Good was simply overpowering in earning the victory. He struck out a stunning 17 batters in just six innings of work and also didn’t allow an earned run.
Good gave up three hits and three walks. Shill allowed one hit and struck out one in one inning of work.
On offense Nevada totaled eight hits and they took advantage of 13 South Hamilton walks.
Good, Patrick Stephenson and Jake Kapustka each had two hits against the Tigerhawks. Good went 2-for-5 with three runs, three steals, two RBI and one walk; Stephenson was 2-for-4 with two RBI and one run, walk and steal apiece and Kapustka finished 2-for-3 with two walks, a double and one run.
Brandon DeGroot also had a big game offensively. He was 1-for-2 with three walks and added four runs and two RBI.
Bennett Thompson singled, walked, scored and drove in two runs and Macade Matuska walked twice for Nevada.
Nevada 10, South Hamilton 3
N 204 002 2 – 10 8 NA
SH 200 010 0 – 3 4 NA
N: Alex Good, Cam Shill and Macade Matuska
2B: Jake Kapustka
NEVADA – The season opened rough for Nevada May 27 at Billy Sunday Field in Nevada as the Cubs suffered a 12-0 loss at the hands of Prairie City-Monroe.
Nevada gave up eight runs early and never recovered. The Mustangs slammed the door with a four-run seventh.
Brandon DeGroot and Macade Matuska both singled for the only Cub hits of the game. Matuska and Alex Good each picked up one walk.
DeGroot was the losing pitcher despite giving up just three earned runs in 6 1/3 innings of work. DeGroot struck out eight, walked and allowed six hits.
Cam Shill threw a scoreless 2/3 of an inning in relief for Nevada.
Austin Brown was the winning pitcher for PCM. He struck out 14, walked two and surrendered just one hit in six innings.
Dillon Bruxvoort threw a scoreless inning of relief for the Mustangs. Zach Uhlenhopp and Glenn Gillespie each drove in three runs for PCM on offense.
PCM 12, Nevada 0
PCM 080 000 4 – 12 6 NA
N 000 000 0 – 0 2 NA
PCM: Austin Brown, Dillon Bruxvoort (7) and Jerod DeVries
N: Brandon DeGroot, Cam Shill (7) and Macade Matuska
2B: PCM – Glenn Gillespie