NEVADA - Nevada hung tough for six innings against No. 7 (Class 3A) Saydel, but the Cubs hit a rough stretch in the seventh inning and couldn’t recover, losing 8-1 Friday at Billy Sunday Field.
Behind strong pitching from Tyler Shafer and steady defensive play, Nevada only trailed 3-1 going into the seventh inning. The Cubs scored their run in the bottom of the fourth when Macade Matuska was hit by a pitch, moved to third on a single from Bronzon Mason and scored on a sacrifice fly from Cam Shill.
But in the top of the seventh, Saydel pounded out five runs to put the game away. The Eagles got two hits and took advantage of an error with Shafer on the mound, then Preston Cattanach came in and Saydel got two more hits before Cattanach struck out T.J. Stephenson for the final out of the inning.
Nevada put two runners on the bottom of the seventh as Mason walked and Kyle Bauman singled to put runners on the corners with two outs. But Saydel retired Brody Schomaker on a ground ball for the final out as Nevada dropped to 11-9 overall and 7-8 in the HOIC.
“Just a tough loss,” Nevada head baseball coach Blake Jobe said. “We were in the game, 3-1, and just didn’t capitalize on the big plays.”
Nevada entered the game having won four of its previous six outings, including a doubleheader sweep of Iowa Christian Academy on Wednesday. Jobe said his team did a great job hanging in against a Saydel team that handed the Cubs a 16-1 loss earlier in the season.
“We battled all the way through,” Jobe said. “We’re not sitting in too bad (of) a place. We’ve just got to get a couple more wins, roll into districts hot and see what happens there.”
Shafer gave up six runs on eight hits with five strikeouts and three walks in six innings to take the loss. Cattanach allowed two runs on three hits with one strikeout in one inning of work.
Mason, Bauman, Trent Stahl and Cam Shill each picked up one single for Nevada. Mason also drew a walk.
Saydel improved to 24-4 overall and 13-2 in the HOIC with the victory. Maxx Stanton went the distance as the winning Eagle pitcher, allowing the one run on four hits with 10 strikeouts and one walk.
Devin Porter went 3-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI, T.J. Stephenson was 2-for-5 with a single and a run and Craig Garrison walked twice and knocked in two runs for the Eagles.
Saydel 8, Nevada 1
S 002 100 5 - 8 11 0
N 000 100 0 - 1 4 2
S: Maxx Stanton and Joe Boehler.
N: Tyler Shafer, Preston Cattanach (7) and Macade Matuska.
2B: S - Devin Porter 2.
NEVADA - Nevada pulled off a sweep over Iowa Christian Academy in a non-conference doubleheader June 28 at Billy Sunday Field.
The Cubs downed the Trailblazers by scores of 11-3 and 10-5 to pick up their 10th and 11th victories of the season.
In the 11-3 win to open the evening, Nevada pounded Trailblazer pitching for 14 hits. The Cubs scored four runs in the second inning and one in the third, then put the game away with a six-run sixth.
Cam Shill was the winning Cub pitcher and he also paced the Cubs on offense.
On the mound, Shill gave up three earned runs on five hits and four walks with three strikeouts in five innings. With the bat, he was a perfect 4-for-4 with three runs and one double, steal and RBI apiece.
Macade Matuska gave up one hit in two scoreless innings and he struck out two with one walk in relief for Nevada. At the plate, Matuska was 2-for-4 with one run and two RBI.
James Carsrud finished 2-for-3 with two runs, one walk and one RBI and Tyler Shafer ended up 2-for-4 with a walk, steal and two RBI. Bronzon Mason was 1-for-4 with a run, Zac Sharp 1-for-2 with a run and a steal, Thomas Crawford 1-for-1 with an RBI and Brody Schomaker 1-for-1 with an RBI.
Josh Dueker singled, walked, stole two bases and scored for Iowa Christian Academy in the opener. Jayce Georgen and Zach Dueker both singled and drove in a run and Braydon Jacobs added a single and a walk.
Georgen was the losing pitcher. He gave up seven earned runs with five walks and three strikeouts in five innings.
Nevada produced a pair of five-run innings to win the nightcap. The Cubs seized a 5-0 lead after one inning and after the Trailblazers closed within one, Nevada put up five more scores in the bottom of the fifth.
Mason was 2-for-4 with a steal, two runs and three RBI and Matuska went 1-for-3 with a walk, steal, two runs and three RBI to lead Nevada offensively in the second game. Shafer went 1-for-2 with a walk, run and two steals; Jack Higgins finished 1-for-3 with a walk, run and RBI; Carsrud was 1-for-2 with two runs, two walks and an RBI and Shill ended up 1-for-4 with one run, two steals and two RBI.
Crawford walked twice, stole a base and scored a run in the second game.
Higgins was the winning pitcher in the nightcap. He allowed four runs — three earned — on five hits with four walks and three strikeouts in four innings. Shafer surrendered one run on one hit with four strikeouts and one walk in three innings of relief.
Justin Jacobs gave up five earned runs on three hits and four walks in one inning as the losing Iowa Christian Academy pitcher in the second game. Josh Dueker was 2-for-4 with a run and Zach Dueker, Brock Hamer and Keenan Jacobs each drove in a run for the Trailblazers.
Nevada 11, Iowa Christian Academy 3
ICA 100 020 0 - 3 6 NA
N 041 006 X - 11 14 NA
ICA: Jayce Georgen, Brock Hamer (6), Brayden Jacobs (6) and Josh Dueker.
N: Cam Shill, Macade Matuska (6) and Matuska, James Carsrud (6).
2B: N - Shill.
Nevada 10, Iowa Christian Academy 5
ICA 002 200 1 - 5 6 NA
N 500 050 X - 10 7 NA
ICA: Justin Jacobs, B. Jacobs (2) and B. Jacobs, J. Jacobs (2).
N: Jack Higgins, Tyler Shafer (5) and Matuska.
LP: J. Jacobs.
JEFFERSON - Nevada lacked the offensive firepower to keep pace with Greene County in a 5-1 loss to the Rams June 26 at Jefferson.
The Cubs only tallied four hits off Greene County hurlers Austin Delp and Jordan Patterson. Nevada’s lone run came in the top of the seventh inning.
Zac Sharp was 2-for-4 and he scored the one run for Nevada. Trent Stahl went 1-for-4 with an RBI, Tyler Shafer singled and walked and Thomas Crawford and Brody Schomaker each drew a walk.
James Carsrud was the losing Cub pitcher. He went all six innings and gave up two earned runs on seven hits and three walks with four strikeouts.
Delp only gave up one hit and he struck out three with three walks in 6 ⅓ scoreless innings as the winning Greene County pitcher. Patterson surrendered one run with one strikeout and one walk in ⅔ innings of relief for the Rams.
Trey Tucker was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI and Ben Wilkens 2-for-3 with a double and a run to pace Greene County on offense.
Greene County 5, Nevada 1
N 000 000 1 - 1 4 NA
GC 001 013 X - 5 7 NA
N: James Carsrud and Macade Matuska.
GC: Austin Delp, Jordan Patterson (7) and Tom Gannon.
2B: GC - Ben Wilkens, Trey Tucker.