EDDYVILLE - Nevada came oh, so close, against No. 6 Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont in the Class 3A regional softball quarterfinals July 3 at Eddyville.


Trailing by just one run, the Cubs had the bases loaded in the top of the seventh. But they were unable to push anyone across against Rocket pitcher Randie Richmond, settling for a heartbreaking 4-3 loss.


“Our game with Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont was a really good high school softball game,” Nevada head softball coach John Bass said. “Both teams played at a high level and made plays when they had to. All you can ask for is to have a chance to win the game in your own hands and we did.”


Nevada scored three runs in the top of the third inning to take a 3-1 lead. The Cubs still held a 3-2 advantage going into the bottom of the sixth, when EBF scored two runs to move in front.


With the loss, Nevada finished the season at 9-14. The Cubs only won four games in 2017.


“It was a tough way to end our season and a tough way to say goodbye to our two seniors — Grace (Francis) and Mackenzie (Garrett),” Bass said. “Hopefully this fuels our off season — we made great strides this year.”


Francis and Garrett both went out playing at a high level.


Francis was 3-for-3 against EBF with a walk and an RBI. Garrett allowed three runs on seven hits and two walks in six innings in a gritty effort on the mound.


Katie Sullivan added two hits and Ellie Gray singled and scored for Nevada. Brooklynn Jensen and Emma Griffin each drove in a run, Addi Vorm walked and scored and Caitlyn Sharp stole a base and scored one run for the Cubs.


EBF advanced to the regional semifinals with a 29-7 record.


Richmond earned the win after allowing three runs on six hits with two strikeouts and walks apiece in seven innings. Faith Roberts doubled and hit a solo home run, Rylee German doubled and knocked in a run and Richmond and Madysen Wade each singled and scored for the Rockets.


Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont 4, Nevada 3


N 003 000 0 - 3 6 NA


EBF 010 012 X - 4 7 NA


N: Mackenzie Garrett and Katie Sullivan.


EBF: Randie Richmond and Rylee German.


WP: Richmond.


LP: Garrett.


2B: EBF - German, Faith Roberts.


HR: EBF - Roberts.


NEVADA - Nevada wrapped up the regular season with a 5-0 loss to a Roland-Story team ranked ninth in Class 3A July 2 at Nevada.


The Cubs could only muster two hits off Norse ace Riley Holmgren, finishing 7-7 in the Heart of Iowa Conference. Roland-Story scored a run in the second, three in the third and one more in the fifth, and ended up with nine hits.


Grace Francis doubled and Riley Mailey singled for Nevada’s only hits. Eighth-grader Samantha Herridge was the losing pitcher after allowing five earned runs on nine hits and three walks with one strikeout, going all seven innings.


Holmgren gave Nevada hitters fits all game, racking up an impressive 16 strikeouts to get the win. She also went 3-for-4 with three RBIs at the plate and Madison Friest doubled and belted a solo home run for the Norse.


Roland-Story 5, Nevada 0


RS 013 010 0 - 5 9 NA


N 000 000 0 - 0 2 NA


RS: Riley Holmgren and Hailey Louw.


N: Samantha Herridge and Katie Sullivan.


WP: Holmgren.


LP: Herridge.


2B: RS - Louw, Madison Friest. N - Grace Francis.


HR: RS - Friest.