ROLAND – The Nevada softball team turned in a determined effort against Roland-Story to close out the regular season July 3 in Roland as the Cubs rallied late before falling just short in a 9-7 loss.

Nevada was hammered 16-2 in the first meeting between the two teams on June 10. The Cubs nearly upset the Norse the second time around, rallying from an 8-3 deficit before coming up just a tad short.

The Cubs actually started off strong, taking a 3-1 lead after one inning. But Roland-Story evened the score in the third, then plated five runs in the fifth.

In the top of the sixth Nevada bounced back with three runs to stay within striking distance. Roland-Story produced a run in the bottom of the inning, but Nevada answered with a run in the top of the seventh before running out of momentum to fall to 3-17 overall and finish 2-16 in the Heart of Iowa Conference.

Kelsey Haley had a huge game offensively for Nevada in the loss. Haley went a perfect 4-for-4 with two triples and a pair of runs.

Tanner Messerli was 2-for-4 with two runs, Haley Ellingson singled and scored and Brooke Van Allen and Tiffany Latshaw both crossed the plate once for the Cubs. Victoria Johnston chipped in a single and a steal and Delaney Cheek scored once and stole a base.

Alex Van Dam took the loss for Nevada as she allowed seven earned runs on 15 hits with four walks and two strikeouts in six innings. Erin Neutzman struck out seven and walked none in seven innings to pick up the win for Roland-Story.

Sydney Berends was the top hitter for the Norse as she went 4-for-4 with a double and four RBI. Schyler Polaski was 3-for-4 with a double, two runs and an RBI and Bryce Holmgren ended up 2-for-4 with a double, walk, run and two RBI.

Roland-Story 9, Nevada 7

N 300 003 1 – 7 9 NA

R-S 102 051 X – 9 15 NA

N: Alex Van Dam and Tanner Messerli

R-S: Erin Neutzman and Brooke Staker

WP: Neutzman

LP: Van Dam

2B: R-S – Bryce Holmgren, Sydney Berends, Schyler Polaski

3B: N – Kelsey Haley 2

NEVADA – Nevada wrapped up its home slate with a 12-1 Heart of Iowa Conference loss to Saydel July 2.

The Cubs hung tough over the first three innings. They scored a run in the second and trailed only 2-1 going into the fourth.

But Saydel put two runs on the board in the fourth and three more in the fifth to build a 7-1 lead. The Eagles then put the final nail in Nevada’s coffin with a five-run seventh.

Haley Ellingson singled, walked and scored the lone Nevada run. Brooke Van Allen hit a double and Delaney Cheek added a single for the only other Cub hits of the game.

Alex Van Dam took the loss as she allowed 12 runs – seven earned – on 14 hits with three walks and one strikeout in seven innings.

Taylor Steinkamp earned the win for Saydel as she gave up one earned run on five hits with two strikeouts and one walk.

Lizzy Miklus turned in a rare feat at the plate for the Eagles as she hit for the cycle. Miklus went 4-for-4 with a single, double, triple and home run and she added four runs, two RBI and a steal.

Saydel 12, Nevada 1

S 020 230 5 – 12 14 NA

N 010 000 0 – 1 3 NA

S: Taylor Steinkamp and Mackenzie Miller

N: Alex Van Dam and Tanner Messerli

WP: Steinkamp

LP: Van Dam

2B: S – Steinkamp, Miller, Danielle Epp, Lizzy Miklus, Katey Gambrel; N – Brooke Van Allen

3B: S – Miklus

HR: S- Miklus

NEVADA – A huge seventh-inning rally wasn’t enough for Nevada against Gilbert on senior night July 1 in Nevada as the Cubs were handed a 9-6 loss by the Tigers.

Nevada looked as if it was going to be blown off the field early as Gilbert scored five runs in the first and three in the second to build an 8-0 lead. Cub pitcher Alex Van Dam and the Nevada defense settled down to hold Gilbert to one run the rest of the way, but entering the seventh it still looked as if the Cubs had no chance trailing 9-0.

But with their backs against the wall the Cubs constructed an outstanding inning at the plate to make Gilbert sweat it out. Nevada scored all six of its runs in the seventh before running out of steam to end up on the losing end of the stick.

Seniors Victoria Johnston, Haley Ellingson and Brooke Van Allen all had two hits for Nevada on senior night. Johnston was 2-for-4 with a steal and a run, Ellingson finished 2-for-3 with a double and a run and Van Allen was 2-for-3 with an RBI.

Margaret Toot – another senior – doubled once in three at bats and junior Kelsey Haley singled and stole a base. Megan Anderson added a walk and a run and Delaney Cheek, Cheyenne Hilton and Tiffany Latshaw each scored once.

Van Dam took the loss after giving up six earned runs on 15 hits with five strikeouts and three walks in seven innings. Clare Isenhart earned the win for Gilbert as she surrendered five earned runs with seven strikeouts and one walk in seven innings.

Elise Powers went 3-for-4 with a double, steal and two runs and Cali Koeneke finished 3-for-3 with a double, run and two RBI to pace Gilbert offensively.

Gilbert 9, Nevada 6

G 530 100 0 – 9 15 NA

N 000 000 6 – 6 8 NA

G: Clare Isenhart and Elise Powers

N: Alex Van Dam and Tanner Messerli

WP: Isenhart

LP: Van Dam

2B: G – Powers, Cali Koeneke, Serine Isenhart, Robyn Riley; N – Haley Ellingson, Brooke Van Allen, Margaret Toot

NEVADA – It was an evening to forget for Nevada when the Cubs took on Greene County June 28 in Nevada.

Nevada surrendered 19 hits and allowed at least four runs in three different innings in a 15-1 setback.

Greene County built an 8-0 lead through three innings after scoring four runs in both the second and third frames. The Rams went up 10-0 in the top of the sixth before Nevada scored its only run in the bottom of the inning.

The seventh inning saw Greene County plate five more runs to sew up the game.

Erin Francis doubled and scored the only Cub run. Tanner Messerli and Kelsey Haley each singled once to account for the other Nevada hits and Messerli also drew a walk.

Margaret Toot and Abby Tupper both walked twice and Victoria Johnston picked up one free pass for Nevada. Alex Van Dam was the losing pitcher as she allowed nine earned runs on 19 hits with two walks and no strikeouts in seven innings.

Jennifer Kennedy struck out eight in seven innings to pick up the win for Greene County. Mady Adamson led the explosive Ram hitting attack by going 4-for-6 with a double, one run and three RBI.

Greene County 15, Nevada 1

GC 044 002 5 – 15 19 NA

N 000 001 0 – 1 3 NA

GC: Jennifer Kennedy and Marissa Promes

N: Alex Van Dam and Tanner Messerli

WP: Kennedy

LP: Van Dam

2B: GC – Promes, Mady Adamson, Kayla Mobley, Tressa Rasmussen; N – Erin Francis