NEVADA - The Nevada softball team ended the regular season with a 12-2 loss to Saydel at home Friday.
The Cubs kept the Eagles scoreless for two innings, but Saydel scored in each of the final five frames. The Eagles’ big inning came in the sixth, when they scored five runs to take an 11-0 lead.
Both Nevada scores came in the bottom of the sixth. Nevada finished with seven hits as a team.
Emma Griffin was 2-for-3 with a double, Grace Francis went 2-for-3, Katie Sullivan was 1-for-3 with an RBI and Mackenzie Garrett also drove in a run for the Cubs. Ellie Gray and Addi Vorm each added one single and Mady Farmer and Samara Sharp scored one run apiece.
Garrett was the losing pitcher. She allowed 12 runs — eight earned — on 13 hits and two walks with three strikeouts, going all seven innings.
The loss put Nevada at 3-20 overall and the Cubs finished 1-14 in the Heart of Iowa Conference.
Saydel 12, Nevada 2
S 003 125 1 - 12 13 NA
N 000 002 0 - 2 7 NA
N: Mackenzie Garrett and Katie Sullivan.
2B: N - Emma Griffin.
NEVADA - Nevada showed flashes of being able to keep up with Prairie City-Monroe in a Heart of Iowa Conference softball game June 28 in Nevada.
The Cubs led 1-0 going into the third inning, and they ended up outhitting the Mustangs, 12-11. But Nevada could never put hits together and the Mustangs managed to put two innings of four or more runs on the board.
“We put the ball in play a lot tonight and we’ve been doing that for the last couple weeks,” Nevada head softball coach John Bass said. “I think this might be the first night we didn’t strike out as a team, which is good. We’ve talked to the girls about good things happen when we put the ball in play. We got on a couple times and they didn’t make a play. (But) they’ve made great progress in the last couple weeks.”
In the bottom of the first, Ellie Gray hit a one-out single, Grace Francis walked and Addi Vorm followed with an RBI single to give Nevada the early lead. That held until the top of the third, when PCM put two runs on the board with two outs.
PCM took charge in the fourth inning. Abby Waddell delivered a crushing blow to Nevada with a grand-slam home run as the Mustangs scored five times in the inning.
“That was the big play of the game,” Bass said. “We’d been playing pretty good defense up to that point, and that inning kind of got a little bit away from us. That grand slam took the wind out of our sails.”
PCM upped its lead to 8-1 in the top of the fifth. Nevada scored its second run of the game in the bottom of the inning when Sydney Mosinski doubled, Riley Mailey singled and Grace Francis hit an RBI double to left field with two outs.
Neither team scored in the sixth inning. PCM then plated four runs in the top of the seventh.
Nevada didn’t quit. Mosinski belted her first home run of the season to lead off the bottom of the seventh, then Mailey reached on an error and Gray walked to put runners on first and second with no outs.
But PCM pitcher Maya Hegwood forced two ground outs, then Nevada had its second runner caught stealing on the evening to end the game.
“They give us 21 outs,” Bass said. “If we use every single one of them and fight hard for every out, that’s all I can ask the girls to do.”
Mosinski ended up 2-for-3 with two runs and RBI, Vorm was 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI and Francis went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Gray was 1-for-4 with a walk and a run, Mackenzie Garrett singled and walked and Mailey, Emma Griffin and Gracie Barloon each ended up with one single.
Katie Sullivan also walked twice for the Cubs.
Garrett was the losing pitcher. She allowed nine earned runs on 11 hits with three walks in seven innings.
Hegwood also finished with three walks, going all seven innings to earn the win for PCM. Waddell was 3-for-4 with two runs and four RBI and Katie VandeWall, Regan Freland and Jaiden Rodgers each collected two hits and two runs for the Mustangs.
PCM 12, Nevada 3
PCM 002 510 4 - 12 11 1
N 100 010 1 - 3 12 2
PCM: Maya Hegwood and Courtney Bridges.
N: Mackenzie Garrett and Katie Sullivan.
2B: PCM - Katie VandeWall. N - Grace Francis, Addi Vorm, Sydney Mosinski.
HR: PCM - Abby Waddell, Jaiden Rodgers. N - Mosinski.
JEFFERSON - Nevada couldn’t quite keep up with Greene County in a Heart of Iowa Conference slugfest June 26 at Jefferson as the Cubs ended up on the short end of an 11-8 decision.
Nevada outplayed Greene County after a slow start. But the Cubs were hurt by a 5-0 deficit after one inning.
Nevada came back with five runs in the top of the second inning, only to see Greene County score three more in the bottom of the inning. Nevada closed to 8-6, then Greene County scored three runs over the next two innings to remain in control.
The Cubs scored once in both the fifth and sixth frames before falling short. Nevada ended up with 12 hits on offense and Greene County finished with 15.
Emma Griffin was 3-for-4 with two runs; Riley Mailey went 2-for-4 with one run and three RBI; Addi Vorm was 2-for-4 with a double, run and two RBI and Sydney Mosinski singled, scored twice and drove in a run for the Cubs. Ellie Gray was 1-for-4 with a run, Mady Farmer singled and drove in a run, Grace Francis and Mackenzie Garrett each singled once, Caitlyn Sharp scored a run and Gracie Barloon picked up an RBI.
Garrett took the loss on the mound. She allowed seven earned runs on 15 hits with six strikeouts and no walks, going all six innings for the Cubs.
Hannah Promes picked up the win for Greene County. She surrendered eight earned runs with two strikeouts and walks apiece in five innings.
Jenna Beyers hit three doubles and drove in five runs and Promes was 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI to pace the Rams on offense.
Greene County 11, Nevada 8
N 051 011 0 - 8 12 NA
GC 530 120 X - 11 15 NA
N: Mackenzie Garrett and Gracie Barloon.
GC: Hannah Promes, Jenna Beyers (6) and Samantha Hardaway.
2B: N - Addi Vorm. GC - Beyers 3, Promes.