GILBERT - The Nevada baseball team couldn’t take advantage of great pitching from Tyler Shafer against Gilbert Friday in Gilbert as the Cubs only mustered four hits in a 3-0 loss.

Shafer tossed a two-hitter with five strikeouts. But Gilbert took advantage of Nevada defensive mistakes to break through with three runs in the bottom of the sixth and that turned out to be the difference.

Preston Cattanach doubled and singled as the top Cub hitter in defeat. Kyle Bauman and Macade Matuska each singled once.

The loss put Nevada at 7-6 overall and 6-5 in the Heart of Iowa Conference. Gilbert improved to 14-3 and 8-3 respectively.

Landon Howard struck out eight and didn’t issue a single walk, going all seven innings to pick up the victory for Gilbert. Steven Lawrence was 1-for-3 with one run and RBI apiece and Ryan Hart singled and drove in two runs for the Tigers.

Gilbert 3, Nevada 0

N 000 000 0 - 0 4 NA

G 000 003 X - 3 2 NA

N: Tyler Shafer and Macade Matuska.

G: Landon Howard and Ben Perrin.

WP: Howard.

LP: Shafer.

2B: N - Preston Cattanach.

NEVADA - Nevada had a tough time making contact against North Polk pitcher Colten Parkins in a 9-2 loss to the Comets June 14 at Billy Sunday Field.

Parkins fanned 16 Cub batters during the game. The Cubs had their chances early, but Parkins got stronger as the game wore on, giving up just two hits over the final four innings.

“We ran into a good pitcher,” Nevada head baseball coach Blake Jobe said. “He got the best of us tonight. We had the chance to get him off the hill probably around the second or third inning — we just didn’t capitalize.”

Both Nevada runs came in the first inning. Macade Matuska knocked in both runs with a double to center field scoring Tyler Shafer and Jack Higgins after Shafer and Higgins both singled.

Kyle Bauman was hit by a pitch and stole second as the lone Cub base runner in the second inning. In the third inning, Higgins singled and Matuska walked, but they were both left stranded.

Preston Cattanach hit a double to center field with two outs in the bottom of the fourth for Nevada’s only other hit off Parkins.

“We’ve just got to figure out what that one thing is we’re missing,” Jobe said. “Right now we’re skidding along, (but) we know we’re also 7-5 and know it’s better than anybody probably would’ve thought around this community coming off a two-win season. We’ve just got to realize it’s the small things that matter. Keep improving every day, and you know I think (we’ll) be right where we want to be.”

Cattanach gave up four runs on six hits with two strikeouts and one walk in a losing effort for Nevada.

Matuska allowed one run on four hits with two strikeouts and one walk in three innings. Cam Shill threw a scoreless and hitless seventh inning with two strikeouts and one walk and James Carsrud allowed four runs on two hits with a pair of strikeouts and walks apiece in one inning.

Jake Johnson threw ⅓ of an inning in relief and didn’t allow a base runner for North Polk. Jeff Lamp was 3-for-4 with a double, run and three RBI; Parkins went 3-for-3 with an RBI; Colby Cupp ended up 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI and Ben Rupe doubled, scored twice and drove in a run for the Comets on offense.

North Polk 9, Nevada 2

NP 301 401 0 - 9 12 0

N 200 000 0 - 2 5 2

NP: Colten Parkins, Jake Johnson (7) and Matthew Antle.

N: Preston Cattanach, James Carsrud (3), Macade Matuska (4), Cam Shill (7) and Matuska, Carsrud (4), Matuska (7).

WP: Parkins.

LP: Cattanach.

2B: NP - Jeff Lamp, Ben Rupe. N - Cattanach, Matuska.

SLATER - Nevada ran into a hot Ballard team June 13 at Nite Hawk Field in Slater.

The Cubs fell by an 11-0 score in five innings. They allowed at least three runs in three straight innings, and only mustered three hits off Bomber hurler Gannon Manfull.

“Just a tough team loss overall,” Nevada head baseball coach Blake Jobe said. “We just didn’t play very well tonight. We just have to regroup. We’ve got to find it all together as a team again.”

A two-run single by Clayton Poots sparked a four-run second inning for Ballard. The Bombers scored four more times in the third and three in the fourth.

Ballard totaled eight hits, including three doubles. The Bombers didn’t have any errors.

Nevada was hurt by three miscues, falling to 7-4 on the season. Jack Higgins allowed four runs — two earned — on three hits with two strikeouts and walks apiece in two innings to take the loss.

Brock Dutton gave up seven runs — three earned — on five hits in one inning of work. Carter Franzen finished with one strikeout and walk apiece and he didn’t allow a hit in a scoreless inning of relief for the Cubs.

Trent Stahl, Macade Matuska and Kyle Bauman each had one single for Nevada. Thomas Crawford also drew a walk for the Cubs.

The win was the second in as many days for the Bombers, who improved to 6-9. Manfull struck out six and walked one, going all seven innings to earn the victory.

Poots was 2-for-2 with a double and three RBI and Jack Luster ended up 2-for-2 with a double, two runs and an RBI to lead Ballard at the plate. Tanner Brock scored and drove in two runs apiece, Kade Reinertson went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI and Reece Huen and Austin Edwards each scored twice for the Bombers.

Ballard 11, Nevada 0 (5)

N 000 00 - 0 3 3

B 044 3X - 11 8 0

N: Jack Cahill, Brock Dutton (3), Carter Franzen (4) and James Carsrud.

B: Gannon Manfull and Kade Reinertson.

WP: Manfull.

LP: Cahill.

2B: B - Reinertson, Clayton Poots, Jack Luster.

NEVADA - Nevada used a pair of strong innings at the plate and tremendous pitching from Tyler Shafer to trounce Collins-Maxwell-Baxter, 11-1, in six innings June 12 at Billy Sunday Field.

Nevada put up three runs in the third inning. In the fifth inning, the Cubs broke the game open with a seven-run surge.

Nevada totaled 14 hits. Cam Shill doubled, singled and drove in two runs; Macade Matuska and Bronzon Mason each tallied two singles and a pair of RBI; Tyler Shafer doubled, singled and drove in one run and Trent Stahl and Preston Cattanach each singled twice and picked up an RBI.

Jack Higgins drove in two runs, and Grant Higgins and Kyle Bauman each singled once for the Cubs.

Shafer was the winning pitcher. He struck out 10 and only allowed the one Raider run in six innings.

Brock Dutton tossed a scoreless seventh inning for the Cubs.

CMB only ended up with four hits. Brady Kemp doubled and drove in a run, Travis Lindemoen walked and scored and Brady Ross, Tucker Maxwell and Cole Damman each singled once for the Raiders.

Kemp was the losing CMB pitcher. He allowed eight unearned runs with three strikeouts and one walk in 4 ⅔ innings.

Nevada 11, CMB 1 (6)

CMB 000 010 0 - 1 4 NA

N 003 071 X - 11 14 NA

CMB: Brady Kemp, Bryce Bacon (5), Cole Damman (5) and Travis Lindemoen.

N: Tyler Shafer, Brock Dutton (6) and Macade Matuska.

WP: Shafer.

LP: Kemp.

2B: CMB - Kemp. N - Shafer, Cam Shill.