Nevada tops NP 6-3 at Billy Sunday Field
NEVADA – A landmark victory was achieved by the Nevada baseball team June 27 at Billy Sunday Field.
Nearly one year after upsetting a Grinnell team ranked in the top three in Class 3A, the Cubs made an even bigger statement on the 27th as they knocked off a North Polk team ranked No. 1 in 2A by a 6-3 score.
"I’ve been here since ’68 and have seen a lot of baseball games," Nevada head coach Doug Anderson said. "I can’t think of a bigger win."
The bottom of the sixth inning was the turning point of the game.
Nevada entered its half of the sixth trailing 3-1. Brook Thompson and Colynn Black hit back-to-back singles and Traye Pelzer bunted them over to second and third to get the Cubs off to a great start in the sixth.
Alex Good walked to load the bases with one out and Comet pitcher Cole Jackson ran a 3-0 count on the Cubs’ Zach Anderson. But Jackson dug down to get the count to 3-2 and then he forced Anderson to pop out to Jacob Hadaway at first base for a huge second out.
But just as it appeared North Polk was getting out of the jam, John Jamison stepped up and ripped a line drive to left field. The clutch hit scored Thompson and Black to knot the score.
"I had a hard liner earlier in the game, so I knew I was hitting the ball well," Jamison said. "I caught up with (Jackson), took a nice, hard swing and got it out there. It was pretty exciting."
That brought in Hadaway – North Polk’s all-state ace pitcher – to face Nevada’s Owen Shawgo. After Jamison stole second to put runners at second and third, Shawgo hit a little dribbler in front of the plate.
The ball rolled just far enough to force North Polk to hurry the play to first and they were unable to get Shawgo in time. That allowed both Good and Jamison to make their way home and give Nevada the lead at 5-3.
"I know (Hadaway) is a really, really good pitcher, so I was telling myself just to make contact with the ball," Shawgo said. "I saw (the ball) hit right in front of me and it hopped really far up in the air, so I just started running because that’s what we’re taught – to run out anything. I reached base and looked at the umpire and he called safe – I didn’t even know what happened on the play."
Shawgo made his way over to third and later scored on a passed ball for the final Cub run of the inning.
"When we loaded the bases it rattled them a little bit," Jamison said. "After my hit they were really rattled and I knew there was more coming, because their defense had been loud earlier in the game and now they were quiet."
That left Nevada needing just three more outs to earn the historic win.
Anderson brought in Chase Stout. Stout did his job, since the Comets were retired in order to give Nevada the upset victory as the Cubs won their seventh straight and improved to 12-7 overall and 8-3 in the HOIC.
"Going into the seventh I knew Chase could warm up real fast – he’s got a rubber band for an arm," Anderson said. "It didn’t take long for him to get going and he’s got good stuff. He can close the door and I wasn’t going to let this one get away."
Black was Nevada’s starting pitcher. He turned in the best outing of his career by allowing just three hits and tallying three walks and one strikeout in six innings to pick up the win.
"This game was thrown in between Saydel and Greene County and we were really focusing on getting those two wins, so our rotation had already been figured out and we pitched our No. 3 pitcher," Anderson said. "Colynn did exactly what he needed to do."
Stout picked up the save with his scoreless seventh inning.
Jamison was 2-for-3 with a steal, run and two RBI to pace Nevada’s eight-hit attack on offense. Thompson was also 2-for-3 with a run, Black and Shawgo both singled and scored, Chad Jamison walked and singled, Pelzer picked up a single, Good walked twice and scored and Patrick Stephenson scored once for Nevada.
The first Cub run came in the bottom of the third inning when Patrick Stephenson reached on a force out, moved over to third on a Thompson single and scored on a Comet error.
Jackson surrendered five runs – three earned – on eight hits with four strikeouts and two walks in 5 2/3 innings to take the loss. Hadaway allowed one unearned run with one strikeout and one walk in 1/3 of an inning.
Grant Lang doubled and scored on an RBI single from Grant Schiltz in the top of the third inning for North Polk. Brandon Cory singled, stole second and eventually scored on an error in the fourth inning and Hadaway walked and scored on the same error for the other Comet runs.
The loss put North Polk at 20-3 on the season and 13-2 in the HOIC.
Nevada 6, North Polk 3
NP 001 200 0 – 3 3 0
N 001 005 X – 6 8 2
NP: Cole Jackson, Jacob Hadaway (6) and Grant Schiltz
N: Colynn Black, Chase Stout (7) and Chad Jamison
2B: NP – Grant Lang