Nevada avenges two regular-season losses

ADEL – One team capitalized on mistakes and the other didn’t when Nevada knocked off rival Gilbert by a 5-2 score in Class 3A district semifinal play Friday in Adel.

Nevada (21-12) scored all five of its runs during the third and fourth innings, thanks in large part to four Gilbert errors. Gilbert (17-16) cashed in on two Nevada mistakes to score one in the third and another in the sixth.

But the Tigers didn’t take full advantage of Nevada’s miscues, leaving eight runners on base for the game and suffering their first loss to the Cubs after sweeping them in Heart of Iowa Conference play.

"I said last night at practice and before we got on the bus tonight that the pressure is really on them," Nevada head coach Doug Anderson said. "They beat us two out of two times this year, but it’s hard to beat a team three times in one year. We had not played our best against them and they had not seen our No. 1 pitcher, so I felt real good coming into this game. But I was also nervous because we have 10 seniors and I didn’t want it to be their last game, so now I feel even better."

Gilbert got on the board first. In the top of the third Wes Greder hit a leadoff single, made it to third with two outs and later scored on an errant throw by Nevada shortstop Patrick Stephenson.

Nevada came back with two runs in the bottom of the inning. With runners on first and second and one out, Alex Good connected for an RBI single and another run scored on a Gilbert error.

Nevada went up 5-1 in the fourth inning.

Owen Shawgo hit a leadoff single and moved to third on a bad pickoff attempt by Gilbert catcher Jared Gescheidler. Chad Jamison was also hit by a pitch to put runners on the corners and then a balk on Tiger pitcher Jordan Knock sent Shawgo home.

Brook Thompson hit a two-out single up the middle to give Nevada a 4-1 lead and Good drove in the final run of the inning on another Gilbert miscue.

Still trailing by four going into the sixth inning, Gilbert had a chance to do some major damage. Jacob Adams hit a leadoff single in the top of the sixth, Eli Jeffery reached on a bad throw from Colynn Black and Jake Rhoads hit an RBI single to pull the Tigers within 5-2 with runners on first and second and no outs.

But Cub ace pitcher Chase Stout forced a ground out to Black at third and then picked up two huge strikeouts to keep Nevada up by three and in firm control with only one inning left.

"My whole team was behind me," Stout said. "I knew I had the defense behind me to back things up, so I wasn’t too worried."

Nevada put runners on second and third with no outs in the bottom of the sixth after Stout drew a leadoff walk and Black doubled to left field. But they were left stranded, providing Gilbert with some hope going into the seventh.

But Stout forced two grounders and a fly out to left field to retire Gilbert in order during the top of the seventh to end the game.

"It feels good to not allow them to get three wins on us," Stout said. "It feels good to come back and get a win. It’s nice to have 21 wins for the school record."

Stout gave up the two unearned runs on six hits and he had four strikeouts with two walks.

"My arm felt real well," Stout said. "My curveball was really getting there to throw them off a bit and my fastball was hitting spots."

Black connected for a single and a double, Thompson hit two singles, John Jamison doubled once and Good and Shawgo each singled once for Nevada offensively. Knock ended up with five strikeouts and five walks, going the full seven innings to take the loss for Gilbert.

Gescheidler doubled and walked to lead Gilbert on offense. Greder, Johnson, Adams, Jeffery and Rhoads each hit a single for the Tigers.

Nevada 5, Gilbert 2

G 001 001 0 – 2 6 4

N 002 300 X – 5 7 2

G: Jordan Knock and Jared Gescheidler

N: Chase Stout and Chad Jamison

WP: Stout

LP: Knock

2B: G – Gescheidler; N – John Jamison, Colynn Black

BONDURANT – Nevada closed out the regular season with a 9-5 non-conference road win over Bondurant-Farrar July 16 in Bondurant.

The Cubs used a strong start to build a huge lead and they withstood a late Bluejay comeback attempt to pick up their 20th victory.

Nevada seized a 6-0 lead after two innings. The second inning was the water-mark inning for the Cubs as they put five runs on the board.

In the top of the fourth Nevada upped its advantage to 8-0, and the Cubs added another run in the sixth to nearly end the game early on account of the 10-run rule. But Bondurant-Farrar came back with a run in the bottom of the sixth, and after blanking the Cubs in the top of the seventh, the Bluejays scored four times in the bottom of the inning to make Nevada sweat it out before closing out the win.

Colynn Black was 2-for-3 with a triple, double, walk, three runs and an RBI to lead Nevada’s nine-hit attack on offense. Tanner Hanson went 2-for-4 with two runs and Patrick Stephenson was 2-for-4 with a run as the other Cub players to collect at least two hits.

Brook Thompson tripled, scored two times and drove in a run; John Jamison singled, walked, stole a base and drove in two runs; and Chad Jamison ended up 1-for-3 with a walk. Alex Good walked and drove in a run, Zach Anderson had an RBI and Owen Shawgo walked and scored for the Cubs.

Black earned the victory as he threw five scoreless innings with two hits, two walks and three strikeouts. Tyler Shafer gave up three runs on two hits with one walk in 1 1/3 innings and Chase Stout allowed two runs on three hits in 2/3 of an inning for the Cubs.

Hunter McIntosh took the loss for Bondurant-Farrar as he allowed six runs on two hits with four walks in 1 1/3 innings. Logan Little doubled twice and scored a run and Josh Block doubled in two runs for the Bluejays.

Nevada 9, Bondurant-Farrar 5

N 150 201 0 – 9 9 NA

B-F 000 001 4 – 5 7 NA

N: Colynn Black, Tyler Shafer (6), Chase Stout (7) and Chad Jamison

B-F: Hunter McIntosh, Zach Dacken 2, Carter Brandt (5), Josh Block (7) and Tucker Ksziazek

WP: Black

LP: McIntosh

2B: N – Black; B-F – Logan Little 2, Block, Austin Cameron, Patrick Rooney

3B: N – Black, Brook Thompson

SAYDEL – Nevada just missed taking second in the Heart of Iowa Conference, but the Cubs had to settle for third after losing to Saydel by one run, 4-3, July 12 at Saydel.

Nevada wasn’t able to overcome a sluggish first inning and an overall lack of production at the plate, finishing 13-5 in the HOIC. Saydel ended up taking second with a 14-4 conference mark and North Polk claimed its 11th HOIC title in 12 years with a 16-2 record.

Nevada trailed 3-1 after the first inning. Neither team scored over the next four frames, and then Saydel went up 4-1 in the bottom of the sixth.

The Cubs finally woke up offensively in the top of the seventh to make a game of it. They scored two times, but were unable to push a third run across to tie the score.

For the game Nevada only had five hits. Colynn Black doubled and scored and Chad Jamison went 2-for-3 with a run and RBI to lead the way for the Cubs.

Chase Stout and Zach Anderson singled once apiece for Nevada’s other hits. Stout also walked and Anderson finished with a run and RBI.

Brook Thompson was the losing pitcher as he allowed four earned runs on seven hits with three walks and two strikeouts, going the full seven innings. Brandon Hodges earned the win for Saydel as he finished with five strikeouts and two walks over seven innings.

Kyle Tijerina homered and drove in three runs and Michael Miller finished 2-for-3 with a double to pace Saydel on offense.

Saydel 4, Nevada 3

N 100 000 2 – 3 5 NA

S 300 001 X – 4 7 NA

N: Brook Thompson and Chase Stout

S: Brandon Hodges and Amos Wright

WP: Hodges

LP: Thompson

2B: N – Colynn Black; S – Michael Miller

HR: S – Kyle Tijerina