STORY CITY - The Nevada baseball team saw its early winning streak come to a close with a 5-3 setback at Roland-Story Friday in Story City.
The Cubs were unable to take advantage of a number of opportunities on offense in falling to 5-1 overall and 4-1 in the Heart of Iowa Conference.
The Cubs came up short despite nearly doubling the Norsemen in hits. Nevada pounded out 13 hits, including two doubles, and Roland-Story finished with seven.
Tyler Shafer was 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI and Trent Stahl went 2-for-4 with a double and a run for Nevada at the plate. Cam Shill ended up 2-for-4 with a run, Jack Higgins went 2-for-3 with a walk, James Carsrud singled and drove in two runs and Kyle Bauman singled, stole a base and scored.
Bronzon Mason and Macade Matuska each added one hit for Nevada. Preston Cattanach was the losing pitcher after allowing four runs on three hits with two strikeouts and walks apiece in 3 ⅓ innings.
Brock Dutton gave up one run on four hits with two walks and one strikeout in 2 ⅔ innings for the Cubs.
Matthew Weaver was the winning Roland-Story pitcher. Weaver allowed two runs with five strikeouts and two walks in five innings.
Caleb Schlatter and Jakob Pittman each scored, stole three bases and drove in a run for Roland-Story on offense. Schlatter picked up two and Jake Ford each tallied two hits for the Norsemen.
Roland-Story 5, Nevada 3
N 002 000 1 - 3 13 NA
RS 300 101 X - 5 7 NA
N: Preston Cattanach, Brock Dutton (3) and James Carsrud.
RS: Matthew Weaver, Jakob Pittman (6) and Landon Greiner.
N - Tyler Shafer, Trent Stahl.
NEVADA - A dominant pitching performance from Tyler Shafer and a couple early runs gave Nevada its fifth-straight win with a 2-0 triumph over South Hamilton May 31 at Billy Sunday Field.
Shafer fired a two-hitter with seven strikeouts and two walks going all seven innings to help Nevada remain undefeated.
“I thought I pitched well,” Shafer said. “I don’t know if I had overpowering strikeouts, but our defense played a great game.”
Shafer was on cruise control for most of the first six innings. But in the top of the seventh South Hamilton put a scare into the Cubs.
With one out the Hawks’ C.J. Hewitt was hit by a pitch and Mateo Balderas reached on an error to put runners on first and second. But facing a high-pressure for the first time in the game Shafer was able to rise to the occasion.
Shafer struck out the next two South Hamilton batters. Both hitters went down on a 3-2 pitcher as Shafer caught Cole Ellis looking and then blew one by Dugan Swenson on a full count to end the game.
“The seventh inning was a little rough - we had one, maybe two errors that would’ve kept those base runners off,” Shafer said. “But we got out of it. I thought my pitches were working pretty well so I trusted my slider. Both of those strikeouts were both sliders - they didn’t really want to touch it.”
The victory put Nevada at 5-0. The Cubs only won two games all of last season.
“A lot of guys have bought in,” Shafer said. “In the offseason we put in the work. I think we’ve improved quite a bit.”
Nevada gave Shafer all the support he needed in the bottom of the first when Cam Shill was hit by a pitch and scored on a bases-loaded walk to Macade Matuska. In the third inning Brock Dutton hit an RBI double scoring Jack Higgins after Higgins hit a leadoff single.
Stahl and Higgins both finished with two hits. Shafer, Shill, Matuska and Dutton tallied one apiece.
Hewitt took the loss for South Hamilton. He went the distance and struck out six with three walks.
D.J. Klonglan walked and singled and Blake Barquist added a single for the Hawks.
Nevada 2, South Hamilton 0
SH 000 000 0 - 0 2 3
N 101 000 X - 2 8 2
SH: C.J. Hewitt and Zeke Balderas.
N: Tyler Shafer and Macade Matuska.
2B: N - Brock Dutton.
NEVADA - A big fourth inning made the difference for Nevada in a 12-7 victory over East Marshall May 30 at Billy Sunday Field.
The Cubs put up seven runs in the bottom of the fourth. That gave them an 8-5 lead after falling behind by four runs early.
Nevada put up three more runs in the fifth and another in the sixth. The Cubs totaled 10 hits and nine steals and they took advantage of 10 East Marshall walks.
Tyler Shafer went 3-for-4 with a double, three runs, four RBI, a walk and two steals for the Cubs offensively. Trent Stahl finished 2-for-3 with a walk, run, two steals and two RBI and Preston Cattanach ended up 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI.
Jack Higgins ended up 1-for-4 with a run, steal and two RBI and Cam Shill was 1-for-3 with a run, walk and two RBI. Macade Matuska drew three walks, stole two bases and was 1-for-1 with a run.
Drew Hardy gave up one run on three hits with five strikeouts and three walks in 2 ⅔ innings to get the victory on the mound. Brody Schomaker gave up two runs with three strikeouts and one walk in 1 ⅔ innings, Nic Brown threw 1 ⅓ scoreless innings with two strikeouts and Brock Dutton allowed two earned runs on five hits with one walk in 1 ⅓ innings.
Jordan McAnulty allowed five runs on four hits and five walks with three strikeouts in 4 ⅔ innings to take the loss for East Marshall. Justin Ridout was 4-for-4 with two doubles and three RBI for the Mustangs on offense.
Nevada 12, East Marshall 7
EM 220 102 0 - 7 8 NA
N 001 731 X - 12 10 NA
EM: Jordan McAnulty, Logan Andrews (5), Ryley Overton (5), Logan Bowie (6) and Kam Hoskins.
N: Brock Dutton, Drew Hardy (2), Nick Brown (5), Brody Schomaker (6) and James Carsrud.
2B: EM - Zane Johnson 2, Justin Ridout 2, Jordan McAnulty, Gage Hulin. N - Shafer.