WAVERLY – The Nevada baseball team split two games at the Waverly-Shell Rock Invitational Saturday at Hertel Field at Wartburg College in Waverly.
The Cubs defeated Waterloo East in a 9-8 battle and suffered a 17-6 loss at the hands of a Waverly-Shell Rock team ranked No. 4 in Class 3A. Nevada concluded the tournament with a 4-7 overall record.
In the victory over Waterloo East, the Cubs prevailed thanks to a tremendous comeback. After trailing 8-3, Nevada exploded for six runs in the seventh inning to claim victory.
Nevada finished with 13 hits in the win. Alex Good provided the biggest bat as he went 3-for-4 with a double, home run, two runs and three RBI.
Macade Matuska also had a quality outing at the plate. Matuska smacked a pair of doubles and tallied one walk and two runs and RBI apiece.
Bennett Thompson was 2-for-4 with two runs, Chris Dobernecker went 2-for-3 with one run and RBI apiece, Traye Pelzer finished 1-for-4 with a run and an RBI and Nolan Stahl and Jake Kapustka both singled and drove in a run for the Cubs. Brandon DeGroot added one single and Tyler Shafer scored one run.
Cam Shill threw a scoreless and hitless seventh inning with no walks to earn the win in relief. Shafer threw the first six innings and gave up five earned runs on five hits with nine strikeouts and five walks.
Nevada never got on track in the loss to Waverly-Shell Rock. The Go-Hawks jumped out to a 9-0 lead after two innings and that increased to 13-1 through three frames.
Nevada stepped up with five runs in the fourth inning, but it was far too little, too late.
The Cubs finished with seven hits. Colton Tibedeau went 2-for-2 with two runs, Pelzer and Good were both 1-for-3 with a run and RBI apiece, Kapustka singled and drove in a run, DeGroot singled and scored and Matuska picked up one hit.
Patrick Stephenson walked and scored and Thompson, Dobernecker, Stahl and Jack Higgins each drew one walk.
Shill was the losing pitcher after giving up nine runs – six earned – on eight hits with two walks in two innings. Pelzer allowed eight runs – just three earned – on five hits in two innings.
Eric Willis went 3-for-4 with a home run, three runs and two RBI, James Heine doubled twice and drove in four runs and Sean Westendorf also knocked in four runs for Waverly-Shell Rock. Westendorf was the winning pitcher after allowing one earned run in three innings with three strikeouts and one walk.
Nevada 9, Waterloo East 8
N 001 200 6 – 9 13 NA
WE 005 012 0 – 8 5 NA
N: Tyler Shafer, Cam Shill (7) and Macade Matuska
2B: Matuska 2, Alex Good
Waverly-Shell Rock 17, Nevada (6) (5)
N 001 50 – 6 7 NA
W-SR 454 4X – 17 13 NA
N: Cam Shill, Traye Pelzer (3) and Jack Higgins
W-SR: Sean Westendorf, Alex Robson (4), Dalton Graven (4) and Jentry Miller
2B: W-S – James Heine 2, Miller, Brandon Smith, Bo Greenlee
HR: W-S – Eric Willis
NEVADA – For six innings everything went smoothly for Nevada against Gilbert Friday at Billy Sunday Field.
But the Cubs came apart down the stretch in a 2-1 eight-inning loss.
Gilbert scored the first run of the game in the opening inning, but Cub pitcher Brandon DeGroot dominated the Tigers over the next six innings. DeGroot threw five consecutive shutout innings, which enabled Nevada to move in front with two runs in the sixth.
But in the top of the seventh, Gilbert found a way to get another run on the board and Nevada was unable to answer. That forced extra innings, and in the top of the eighth, Nevada unraveled by allowing five Tiger runs.
The Cubs went scoreless in their half of the inning to end the game and fall to 3-6 in the Heart of Iowa Conference.
Errors hurt Nevada in the eighth. DeGroot only allowed one earned run in eight innings, taking the loss.
DeGroot ended up with five strikeouts and he allowed six hits and two walks in an outstanding pitching performance.
Nevada totaled seven hits on offense. Six different Cubs picked up a hit on the night.
Macade Matuska went 2-for-3 with a double and a run, Bennett Thompson singled and scored, Cam Shill was 1-for-3 with an RBI and Alex Good also drove in a run for the Cubs. Patrick Stephenson, Traye Pelzer and Jake Kapustka each picked up one single apiece.
Gilbert 7, Nevada 2 (8)
G 100 000 15 – 7 6 NA
N 000 020 00 – 2 7 NA
N: Brandon DeGroot and Macade Matuska
STORY CITY – A rough start pitching combined with a silent night at the plate to result in a 6-0 loss for Nevada against No. 3 Roland-Story June 11 in Story City.
Nevada surrendered five runs over the first two innings and only mustered three hits on offense, falling to a powerful Norsemen team.
Roland-Story jumped out to a 3-0 lead after one inning. After adding two more runs in the second, the Norse had trouble against Nevada relief pitcher Colton Tibedeau, but they did add an insurance run in the sixth inning.
Alex Good started the game and took the loss for Nevada. He allowed five earned runs on six hits with three strikeouts and two walks in two innings.
Tibedeau gave up one run on two hits with three walks and one strikeout.
Zach Hovick went 3-for-3 with two steals, a pair of runs and an RBI to lead Roland-Story on offense. Ben Clark went 2-for-3 with a double and RBI and Alex Urbanek drove in two runs for the Norse.
Hovick was the winning pitcher. He was overpowering, striking out 16 batters against three walks in seven innings.
Patrick Stephenson went 2-for-3 and Jake Kapustka hit a double to account for Nevada’s only hits. Good walked and stole a base and Bennett Thompson and Tyler Shafer each picked up one free pass for the Cubs.
Roland-Story 6, Nevada 0
N 000 000 0 – 0 3 NA
R-S 320 001 X – 6 8 NA
N: Alex Good, Colton Tibedeau (3) and Macade Matuska, Jack Higgins (3)
R-S: Zach Hovick and Alex Muhlenburg
2B: N – Jake Kapustka; R-S – Ben Clark