Cubs lose close one to Gilbert

JEWELL – Things are starting to look up for the Nevada softball team as the Cubs earned their second victory in four games with a 5-2 win at South Hamilton Monday.

After starting the season 0-6, Nevada followed up a win over Colo-Nesco at the Kiwanis Invitational four days earlier by getting revenge on South Hamilton for its first Heart of Iowa Conference win. The Cubs suffered a 6-0 loss to the Hawks in their second game of the season.

On Monday Nevada jumped out to a 2-0 lead, thanks to two Hawk errors, only to see South Hamilton answer with two runs in the third. But The Cubs went back on top with another two-run inning in the fourth.

This time pitcher Alex Van Dam and the Cub defense didn’t allow South Hamilton to retaliate. They held the Hawks without a run over the last four innings, and the offense produced an insurance run in the seventh to wrap up the victory, putting Nevada at 1-7 in the HOIC and 2-8 overall.

"It was an exciting game," Nevada head coach Tonya Van Dam. "Tonight we were aggressive with our hitting and our running on the bases and it paid off. The girls pressed hard throughout the entire game and their mental toughness paid off in a great win. You could feel the excitement on the field and in the dugout."

Alex picked up her first varsity win with an impressive outing. She held South Hamilton to four hits and gave up just one earned run with five strikeouts and six walks in seven innings.

On offense Erin Francis was huge as she went 3-for-4 with a double and a triple, along with a run scored. Megan Anderson also went 3-for-4 at designated hitter and she crossed the plate once.

Victoria Johnston and Kelsey Haley were both 2-for-4 with a run and Brooke Van Allen walked and singled. Tanner Messerli scored the other run for Nevada and Abby Tupper picked up a walk.

Nevada 5, South Hamilton 2

N 200 200 1 – 5 11 1

SH 002 000 0 – 2 4 3

N: Alex Van Dam and Tanner Messerli

WP: Van Dam

2B: N – Erin Francis

3B: N – Francis

NEVADA – Nevada endured a rough night against Prairie City-Monroe at home Friday as the Cubs let a couple innings get away from them in a 13-1 loss in five innings.

Nevada only trailed 1-0 through two innings, but then PCM broke loose for seven runs in the third. The Mustangs added a five-run outburst in the fifth to end the game early due to the 10-run rule.

Tanner Messerli and Kelsey Haley both singled and Megan Anderson hit a double for Nevada’s only hits. Anderson drove in Messerli for the lone Cub run.

Alex Van Dam took the loss as she gave up 11 earned runs on 13 hits with four walks and no strikeouts in five innings.

Payge Edwards struck out four and walked one in five innings to earn the win for PCM. She also paced the Mustangs at the plate by going 2-for-3 with a home run and five RBI.

PCM 13, Nevada 1 (5)

PCM 107 05 – 13 13 NA

N 000 01 – 1 3 NA

PCM: Payge Edwards and Abigail Gilson

N: Alex Van Dam and Tanner Messerli

WP: Edwards

LP: Van Dam

2B: PCM – Kaitlyn Wilkie 2; N – Megan Anderson

HR: PCM – Edwards

GILBERT – Great pitching and steady defense couldn’t overcome a lack of punch at the plate for Nevada in 1-0 loss to Gilbert in eight innings June 12 in Gilbert.

Cub pitcher Alex Van Dam held Gilbert to five hits and she didn’t walk a batter. The Nevada defense was also solid behind her to help keep Gilbert off the board for seven innings.

But Nevada couldn’t keep Gilbert from scoring in the eighth and that proved to be all the Tigers needed as the Cubs were held to just three hits on offense.

Van Dam had five strikeouts in an excellent outing. Erin Francis went 2-for-3 and Kelsey Haley singled for the only Cub hits.

Clare Isenhart struck out seven and walked two to get the win for Gilbert. Cali Koeneke doubled and scored on an RBI from Serine Isenhart in the eighth for the game’s only run.

Gilbert 1, Nevada 0 (8)

N 000 000 00 – 0 3 NA

G 000 000 01 – 1 5 NA

N: Alex Van Dam and Tanner Messerli

G: Clare Isenhart and Serine Isenhart

WP: C. Isenhart

LP: Van Dam

2B: G – Cali Koeneke