BOONE - Early mistakes came back to bite the Nevada baseball team against Algona in the Class 3A district semifinals Friday in Boone.
The Cubs were hurt by a first-inning error and a second-inning blunder on the base paths. A Bulldog team rated No. 9 in 3A made Nevada pay for those miscues, handing the Cubs a season-ending 11-1 loss in six innings.
Nevada opened the game showing no fear.
The Cubs took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning when Traye Pelzer walked and scored on a single by Macade Matuska. In the bottom of the inning, Cub pitcher Tyler Shafer put runners on first and second after allowing a single and a walk, but he also had two outs when Algona’s Brandon Lloyd stepped to the plate.
Lloyd hit a sharp grounder to Nevada shortstop Patrick Stephenson. Stephenson made a nice play to field the ball cleanly, but his throw was a little off line, allowing Lloyd to reach base and Algona to put its first run on the board.
The Bulldogs kept up the pressure by loading the bases and Cameron Lahndorf was hit by a pitch to drive in another run. Justin Raymond then singled in two runs to give Algona a 4-1 lead.
In the top of the second Nevada had a chance to get back in the game.
Bennett Thompson hit a leadoff single, Jake Kapustka was hit by a pitch and Jack Higgins singled to load the bases with no outs. After Pelzer popped up for the first out of the inning, Stephenson stepped up to the plate and hit a liner into shallow center fielder.
The ball carried just a tad too much air under as Lloyd ran under to make the out in center field.
During the play Kapustka was a little slow getting back to the bag at second and Lloyd was able to throw him out for a big double play to end the inning.
Nevada never threatened again offensively. Algona put up two runs in the bottom of the second, two more in the third and another in the fourth to build an eight-run lead and the Bulldogs capped off the victory with two runs in the sixth to end the game on account of the 10-run rule.
"We had way too many mistakes against a good team," Nevada head coach Doug Anderson said. "Basically we got what we deserved for the way we played."
Nevada finished the game with four errors to Algona’s one.
Weston Shaw was the winning Bulldog pitcher as he held the Cubs to one earned run with five strikeouts and just one walk in five innings. Long threw a hitless sixth inning with one strikeout to help Algona improve to 25-7 on the season.
Shaw also drove in two runs on offense. Raymond knocked in three runs, Lloyd scored three times, Tyler Frideres crossed the plate twice and Nathan Benson and Alex Remy each collected two hits for the Bulldogs.
Nevada ended the season at 7-21. Anderson said despite the sloppy play he was proud of his team’s performance at the plate, picking up five hits off Shaw.
"The one positive thing is our bats," Anderson said. "W e hit their ace and it was by young hitters."
Higgins - the Cubs’ No. 9 hitter - went 2-for-2 and Stephenson, Matuska and Thompson tallied one hit apiece. With Stephenson the only player graduating off the team Anderson said his young squad will be in good hands in the future.
"We came into the year with hardly any returning guys," Anderson said. "It was very much a learning year. I’m excited with what we’ve got coming back."
Shafer took the loss as he went all six innings - allowing just three earned runs on nine hits with eight strikeouts and six walks.
Algona 11, Nevada 1 (6)
N 100 000 - 1 5 4
A 422 102 - 11 9 1
N: Tyler Schafer and Alex Good
A: Weston Shaw, Austin Long (6) and Tyler Frideres
PELLA - Nevada put together a great effort before coming up short against Pella by a 4-1 score in its final regular season game July 15 at Pella.
The Cubs spotted Pella a 2-0 lead in the second inning, but hung tough the rest of the way against a solid LIttle Dutch team.
Nevada scored its only run in the top of the third inning. Jake Kapustka singled and accounted for the lone Cub score.
Traye Pelzer was 2-for-4 and Patrick Stephenson, Alex Good and Jack Higgins each singled once for the Cubs. Good and Brandon DeGroot each walked once for Nevada.
Pelzer was the losing pitcher. He threw a strong game in defeat; giving up just one earned run on four hits with five strikeouts and two walks in six innings.
Tanner Wood went 3-for-4 with a triple and three RBI and Marcus Wittmer and Adam Carey both singled and scored for Pella. Wood was the winning pitcher as he gave up one run on five hits with 10 strikeouts in four innings.
Nevada 4, Pella 1
N 001 000 0 - 1 6 NA
P 020 101 X - 4 4 NA
N: Traye Pelzer and Macade Matuska
P: Tanner Wood, Adam Carey (5), Austin Titman (6), Marcus Wittmer (7) and Jason Morgan
3B: P - Wood
NEVADA - The final home game didn’t go as hoped for Nevada when the Cubs took on Bondurant-Farrar July 14 at Billy Sunday Field as the Cubs struggled early and never got on track in a 12-0 loss in five innings.
Nevada spotted Bondurant-Farrar a 3-0 lead after one inning. The Cub deficit was seven runs by the end of two innings and at the end of three frames it had swelled to 10-0.
Bondurant-Farrar added two runs in the fifth and then kept Nevada off the board in the bottom of the inning to end the game due to the 10-run rule.
Brandon DeGroot was the losing pitcher for Nevada. He gave up eight runs - four earned - on seven hits with three walks and one strikeout in 2 ? innings. Colton Tibedeau threw 2 ? innings and gave up four runs - one earned - on four hits with four strikeouts and two walks.
Hunter McIntosh allowed just one Nevada hit in four innings with six strikeouts and five walks to earn the victory. Carter Brandt added one scoreless inning of work with two strikeouts for the Bluejays.
Aaron Johnson and Austin Cameron were both 2-for-3 with three runs and two RBI to pace Bondurant-Farrar on offense.
Bondurant-Farrar 12, Nevada 0 (5)
B-F 343 02 - 12 11 NA
N 000 00 - 0 1 NA
B-F: Hunter McIntosh, Carter Brandt (5) and Thoms Kubrak, Tucker Ksiazek (5)
N: Brandon DeGroot, Colton Tibedeau (3) and Alex Good