ROLAND – The Nevada softball team tried to hang with a tough Boone team to no avail and the Cubs struggled against Perry at the Kiwanis Invitational Saturday in Roland.

In its first game of the day, Nevada ran into a hot Boone team that had won six in a row coming into the Kiwanis Invitational and was ranked No. 14 in Class 4A. The Cubs fell behind 3-0 after one inning and the game gradually slipped out of their grasp, but they managed to last all seven innings against a hard-hitting Toreador squad before succumbing by a 9-1 score.

The Cub offense totaled four hits as a team. Abby Van Dam was 1-for-3 with a run, Ellie Burlage went 1-for-3 with an RBI, Skye Borton and Peyton Messerli both singled once, Holly Coogler drew two walks and Jordan McKinney picked up one free pass for Nevada.

Alex Van Dam took the loss after going all six innings and allowing eight earned runs on 10 hits with three walks and no strikeouts.

Sam Mcllwain threw five scoreless innings with six strikeouts and three walks to earn the win for Boone. Laura Anderson went 3-for-4 with a double; Breanna Hunter homered, scored twice and drove in three runs and Kennedy Vinchattle hit a two-run homer for the Toreadors.

Nevada was handed a 10-0 loss by Perry in five innings to close out the day. They Cubs fell behind 6-0 after two innings and gave up two runs apiece in the fourth and fifth frames.

Madison Abraham took the loss on the mound. She went all five innings and gave up nine earned runs on 11 hits with two strikeouts and six walks.

Nevada finished with just two hits on offense off Perry pitcher Emma Olejniczak. Kelsey Haley and Madi Highland both singled once for the Cubs.

Olejniczak struck out seven and didn’t walk any batters in five innings to get the win. Rachel Kinney went 3-for-3 with four RBI and Kylie Brandt doubled and knocked in two runs to lead Perry on offense.

The two losses put Nevada at 2-14 on the season.

Boone 9, Nevada 1

N 000 001 0 – 1 4 NA

B 302 121 X – 9 10 NA

N: Alex Van Dam and Jordan McKinney

B: Sam Mcllwain, Jordan Trowbridge (6) and Laura Anderson

WP: Mcllwain

LP: Van Dam

2B: B – Anderson, Dianna Slight, Carrie Overland

HR: B – Breanna Hunter, Kennedy Vinchattle

Perry 10, Nevada 0

P 240 22 – 10 11 NA

N 000 00 – 0 2 NA

P: Emma Olejniczak and Kylie Brandt

N: Madison Abraham and Tanner Messerli

WP: Olejniczak

LP: Abraham

2B: P – Brandt

NEVADA – Nevada couldn’t stop South Hamilton from slowly pulling away June 18 in Nevada as the Cubs were handed a 6-2 Heart of Iowa Conference home loss by the Hawks.

Nevada took a 1-0 lead after one inning, but South Hamilton came back with one run apiece in the second and third frames and two in the fourth to build a 4-1 advantage. Nevada pulled to within 4-2 after five innings, but South Hamilton plated two more runs in the sixth and shut out the Cubs over the final two innings to come out on top.

Nevada did a good job of keeping in the game, despite giving up 16 hits. Cub pitcher Alex Van Dam didn’t allow a single extra base hit and she only walked one batter, and Nevada made enough defensive plays to keep South Hamilton from ever breaking the game open.

Van Dam threw all seven innings and she struck out one batter, taking the loss.

On offense Nevada failed to fully capitalize on 10 hits. The Cubs picked up two hits from four different players and they totaled two doubles on the night.

Erica Helton went 2-for-3 with a double, Kelsey Haley and Skye Borton were both 2-for-4 with a run and Tanner Messerli went 2-for-3 with an RBI. Peyton Messerli also doubled and drove in a run and Abby Van Dam finished with one single.

MacKenzie Busch was 3-for-4 with two runs and one steal, Leandra Diersen went 3-for-4 with one run and RBI apiece and Kayla Lucas ended up 2-for-4 with a walk and two RBI to pace South Hamilton at the plate. Ady Wintermote was the winning Hawk pitcher as she threw all seven innings and struck out four with no walks.

The loss put Nevada at 1-9 in the HOIC.

South Hamilton 6, Nevada 2

SH 011 202 0 – 6 16 NA

N 100 010 0 – 2 10 NA

SH: Ady Wintermote and Alyssa Hegland

N: Alex Van Dam and Tanner Messerli

WP: Wintermote

LP: Van Dam

2B: N – Peyton Messerli, Erica Helton

MONROE – An unkind stretch in the third inning proved too much for Nevada to overcome in a 12-0 loss to Prairie City-Monroe June 16 at Monroe.

The Cubs fell behind 3-0 after one inning. They hung tough the next inning by keeping PCM off the board, but everything fell apart in the third.

PCM exploded for nine runs in the bottom of the third to end the game early on account of the 12-run rule. The Mustangs ended up with 11 hits and Nevada only tallied two during the game.

Kelsey Haley and Tanner Messerli both singled once to account for Nevada’s hits. Abby Van Dam also reached base once via a walk.

Alex Van Dam was the losing pitcher. She allowed 10 earned runs on 11 hits with two strikeouts and one walk.

Kayla Jennings picked up the win for PCM as she struck out three and walked one in three innings. Katie VandeWall was 2-for-2 with a triple and three RBI and Jayci Vos went 3-for-3 with a double, two runs and three RBI as the top hitters for the Mustangs.

PCM 12, Nevada 0

N 000 – 0 2 NA

PCM 309 – 12 11 NA

N: Alex Van Dam and Tanner Messerli

PCM: Kayla Jennings and Abi Gilson

WP: Jennings

LP: Van Dam

2B: PCM – Jayci Vos

3B: PCM – Katie VandeWall