STORY CITY — The arm of Dylan Sporrer and patience at the plate gave the Nevada baseball team a victory over Roland-Story in the second game of a competitive Heart of Iowa Conference doubleheader Friday in Story City.
The Cubs won the second game by a 6-3 score after losing a 2-1 heartbreaker in the opener. The split put Nevada at 12-8 overall and 4-5 in the HOIC.
In the second game Preston Cattanach started on the mound, but went over to first base after suffering a shoulder injury with two outs in the top of the first inning. Cattanach gave up two runs on two hits and a walk.
Sporrer came in for Cattanach and never left. He was on point with his location most of the night, giving up just one unearned run on four hits with four strikeouts and no walks.
“I was hitting my spots,” Sporrer said. “I pitched pretty well and I had my whole team behind me.”
With some young faces in new spots, Nevada struggled at times defensively, finishing with four errors. But the Cubs made the plays when they needed them throughout the game.
In the top of the fourth, Roland-Story put runners on second and third with no outs. But Sporrer got two batters to pop out to first base and shortstop respectively and picked up a strikeout in between to get out of the inning unscathed.
In the sixth inning, Sporrer worked around a leadoff single by Nick Stole with the help of a heads-up play. Landon Greiner grounded into a force play at second, then was tagged out after he slipped rounding first.
It was a pivotal play because Carter Greenfield followed with another Norse single, but Nevada got out of the inning when the next batter — Dylan Matheason — grounded out to third.
“We just have to trust each other,” Sporrer said. “You’ve got to trust your pitcher and you’ve got to trust your teammate behind you.”
Jayden Macdonald picked up a two-out hit in the top of the seventh for Roland-Story’s last gasp attempt at a comeback, but Sporrer struck out Nathan Bell to end the game.
Offensively, Nevada put up three runs in the first inning and another in the third, which is all the support Sporrer neded. The Cubs added two more runs in the fifth when James Carsrud and Brock Dutton both singled and later scored on an error.
Nevada only had six hits in the win. But the Cubs did a great job of making the Roland-Story pitchers work, drawing six walks.
“We’re trying to attack fastballs,” Nevada third baseman Jack Higgins said of the team’s great discipline at the plate over the last week. “If they can’t throw strikes, we’re just waiting to see our first fastball — then go with it.”
Higgins walked three times and scored two runs for Nevada in the second game. Carsrud was 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI; Thomas Crawford went 1-for-4 with a double, run and RBI; Cattanach doubled and scored, Dutton singled and scored, Bronzon Mason ended up 1-for-2 with a walk and Fry walked twice and drove in a run.
Stole was 2-for-3 with an RBI, MacDonald went 2-for-4 and Shadlow finished 1-for-3 with a run and an RBI for Roland-Story. Will Larson was the losing pitcher in relief for the Norsemen, giving up two runs on two hits with a pair of strikeouts in 1 ⅓ innings.
In the first game, Roland-Story won a thriller by scoring in the bottom of the seventh. Both teams scored once in the second inning.
Carsrud took the loss, despite giving up just one earned run on six hits and three walks with five strikeouts, going the distance. Nevada also had six hits and the Cubs finished with two errors.
A solo home run by Bauman accounted for Nevada’s run. Bauman ended up 2-for-3 and Crawford, Fry, Sporrer and Dutton each singled once.
Shadlow allowed one earned run on six hits and three walks with six strikeouts in six innings as the winning Roland-Story pitcher. Colby Gray earned the save after tossing a scoreless seventh inning and he also went 2-for-3 with an RBI at the plate.
Roland-Story 2, Nevada 1
N 010 000 0 - 1 6 2
RS 010 000 1 - 2 6 1
N: James Carsrud and Keaton Fry.
RS: Zach Shadlow, Colby Gray (7) and Landon Greiner.
2B: RS - Gray.
HR: N - Kyle Bauman.
Nevada 6, Roland-Story 3
RS 210 000 0 - 3 6 2
N 301 020 X - 6 6 4
RS: Colby Gray, Dylan Matheason (3), Will Larson (4), Zach Twedt (7) and Nick Stole.
N: Preston Cattanach, Dylan Sporrer (1) and Fry.
2B: N - Cattanach, Thomas Crawford.
3B: RS - Shadlow.
NEVADA — Nevada bounced back from a rough outing in the first game to take the second in a doubleheader with West Marshall June 20 at Billy Sunday Field.
Nevada was dealt a 13-3 setback in five innings during the opener. The Cubs fell behind 5-0 after two innings, then West Marshall pulled away in the third with a six-run outburst.
Preston Cattanach took the loss after giving up three runs on four hits with one strikeout in one inning. Kyle Bauman went 2-for-2 with a run and two RBIs, Jack Higgins 2-for-2 with a double and an RBI, Thomas Crawford doubled and scored and Cattanach and Brock Dutton each singled once for Nevada at the plate.
Ryan Reyerson struck out eight and walked two over 4 ⅔ innings to earn the victory for West Marshall. Reyerson was also 3-for-4 with five RBIs and Jake Tollefson went 3-for-4 with two doubles and three RBIs for the Trojans on offense.
In the second game Nevada broke a scoreless tie with a run in the third, then added another score in the fourth and two in the fifth to take charge. The Cubs finished with seven hits and Carter Franzen and Dylan Sporrer combined to limit the Trojans to just two.
Franzen allowed one unearned run on two hits with five strikeouts and no walks in six innings to pick up the victory. Sporrer earned the save after tossing a scoreless inning with no hits allowed and a strikeout.
Dutton hit a solo home run, Bauman was 1-for-2 with a run and two RBIs, Cael Franzen also went 1-for-2 with two RBIs and Higgins finished 2-for-4 with a double and a steal for Nevada on offense in the second game. Cattanach and Bronzon Mason both singled, walked and scored and Crawford walked, stole a base and scored.
Parker Hulbert doubled and drove in a run and Alex Dickey singled and scored in a losing effort for West Marshall. Nat Markle took the loss on the mound after allowing five runs — two earned — with seven strikeouts and three walks in 5 ⅓ innings.
WM 13, Nevada 3 (5)
WM 326 02 - 13 15 NA
N 001 02 - 3 7 NA
N: Preston Cattanach, Cael Franzen (2), Jack Higgins (3), Jordan Barrett (4) and Fry.
2B: Higgins, Thomas Crawford.
Nevada 5, West Marshall 2
WM 000 001 1 - 2 2 NA
N 001 121 X - 5 7 NA
N: Carter Franzen, Dylan Sporrer (7) and Fry.
HR: Brock Dutton.