NEVADA - For five innings, everything was going as planned for the Nevada baseball team in its inaugural game at the brand-new Nevada Baseball Field at the SCORE Athletic Complex Monday.
The Cubs were leading a strong Gilbert team 2-1 behind strong pitching from Brock Dutton. But in the top of the sixth, Gilbert did a great job executing with runners on base and put four runs on the board.
Nevada never recovered, suffering a 6-2 setback.
“I really thought for five innings we were there,” Nevada head coach Patrek Tufts said. “Gilbert is a really good team.”
In the top of the sixth, Gilbert’s Mitchell Johnson hit a one-out single and Gage Christenson followed with another hit to put runners on the corners with one out. Max Hoffman came in to pitch for Nevada and Gilbert’s Tucker Hanson stepped into the batter’s box and laid down a perfect bunt on a suicide squeeze.
Courtesy runner Owen Blumhagen scored the tying run and Hanson was easily safe at first.
With two outs, Gilbert loaded the bases and Hanson managed to score the eventual winning run on a wild pitch. Easton Johnson hit a two-run double later in the inning to give Gilbert big insurance runs.
Gilbert added another run in the top of the seventh when Landon Howard drew a leadoff walk, stole third and scored on an errant cutoff throw.
“The top of the order puts the ball in play a lot,” Tufts said. “They make you make plays.”
Grant Higgins gave Nevada some life in the bottom of the seventh with a leadoff single. But he was left stranded as Gilbert pitcher Jared Jensen retired the next three batters to end the game.
The loss put Nevada at 2-6 overall and 1-5 in the Heart of Iowa Conference.
“We’re really a young team and we’re going to get better as the year goes on,” Tufts said. “There’s only been 1 ½ games where really, I’d say, we weren’t in it. We’ve got to make one more play here or there. It’s gonna turn around.”
Thomas Crawford hit a stand-up double and scored in the second inning for Nevada. Cael Franzen walked and scored in the first inning, Higgins finished 2-for-3 and Gavin Melohn and Dutton each picked up one hit.
Dutton allowed three runs on five hits with two strikeouts and three walks in 5 ⅓ innings as the losing pitcher. Hoffman gave up three runs on three hits with one strikeout and two walks in 1 ⅔ innings.
Despite the loss, Tufts said it was great to get the opportunity to play on the new field — which stands out as one of the best in the state.
“It’s borderline like a minor league stadium,” Tufts said. “They did an incredible job.”
Gilbert improved to 8-2 overall and 5-1 in the conference. Jensen went all seven innings and had seven strikeouts against just one walk to earn the win.
Mitchell Johnson was 3-for-3 with a double for Gilbert at the plate. Christenson finished 2-for-2, Hanson, Easton Johnson and Matt Barragy each tallied one hit and Ben Simodynes walked once and scored twice.
Gilbert 6, Nevada 2
G 000 014 1 - 6 8 1
N 110 000 0 - 2 5 3
N: Brock Dutton, Max Hoffman (5) and Keaton Fry.
G: Jared Jensen and Jack Borts.
2B: G - Easton Johnson, Mitchell Johnson. N - Thomas Crawford.
JEFFERSON - Nevada couldn’t connect with the bats until it was too late in a 5-3 loss at Greene County Friday.
The Cubs were held to three hits, falling to 2-5 on the season and 1-4 in the Heart of Iowa Conference.
Nevada didn’t get on the board until the top of the sixth inning. The Cubs trailed 5-0, then scored twice in the sixth and once in the seventh before coming up short.
Thomas Crawford singled and scored, Connor Hines singled and drove in a run and James Carsrud also singled for Nevada. Brock Dutton knocked in a run and stole a base and Ross Uthe and Cael Franzen each scored once.
Jordan Barrett gave up four runs on four hits and three walks with five strikeouts in 3 ⅓ innings as the losing pitcher. Dylan Sporrer allowed one run on two hits in 1 ⅔ innings and Carsrud struck out the side and walked two in a scoreless inning of work.
Greene County 5, Nevada 3
N 000 002 1 - 3 3 NA
GC 011 030 X - 6 6 NA
N: Dylan Sporrer, Jordan Barrett (2), James Carsrud (6) and Keaton Fry.
NEVADA - Nevada struggled offensively down the stretch in a 4-3 loss to Prairie City-Monroe in eight innings June 5 at Billy Sunday Field.
The Cubs scored twice in the second inning and once in the fifth to take a 3-2 lead behind great pitching from Max Hoffman. But PCM tied the game with a run in the seventh to force an extra inning, where the Mustangs scored one more run and kept Nevada off the board to claim victory.
Hoffman gave up just two earned runs on seven hits and a walk with four strikeouts in seven innings. Brock Dutton took the loss in relief, giving up one run on two walks with a strikeout and no hits allowed in one inning.
Dutton doubled and scored, James Carsrud was 2-for-3 with a run and Cael Franzen 2-for-3 with a steal and two RBIs to lead Nevada offensively. Keaton Fry also singled and Gavin Melohn stole a base and scored a run.
PCM 4, Nevada 3 (8)
PCM 010 010 11 - 4 7 NA
N 020 010 00 - 3 6 NA
N: Max Hoffman, Brock Dutton (8) and Keaton Fry.
NEVADA - Nevada was hurt by a rough third inning in a 9-1 loss to North Polk during the first game of a doubleheader June 3 at Billy Sunday Field.
The Cubs trailed 2-0 going into the third and gave up five runs in the inning. They were only able to counter with one run in the sixth inning.
The second game of the doubleheader was postponed to June 19 due to weather.
Carter Franzen took the loss after giving up five earned runs on just two hits with four strikeouts and three walks in three innings. Jordan Barrett allowed two runs on only one hit with seven strikeouts and four walks in four innings of work.
Keaton Fry doubled and scored Nevada’s only run. Thomas Crawford was 3-for-4, Cael Franzen singled and stole a base, James Carsrud drove in a run, Gavin Melohn walked and Connor Hines stole a base.
North Polk 9, Nevada 1
NP 115 010 1 - 9 3 NA
N 000 001 0 - 1 5 NA
N: Carter Franzen, Jordan Barrett (4) and Keaton Fry.