Nevada goes 3-2 during week

Joe Randleman Staff Writer
Nevada catcher Katie Sullivan tags out Baxter’s Makayla Hulbert before she can reach home plate during the Cubs’ non-conference game with Baxter June 26 at Nevada. Later in the week, Sullivan went on to hit a grand slam during Nevada’s 7-3 victory over Saydel Friday in Nevada.

NEVADA — The Nevada softball team scored its third victory of the week with a 7-3 triumph over Saydel Friday at Nevada.

Katie Sullivan provided the decisive blow of the game by connecting for her first grand slam of the season in the second inning. The Cubs scored five times in the inning to go up 6-1, and the pitching of Mackenzie Garrett took care of the rest to put Nevada at 9-12 overall and over the .500 mark in the Heart of Iowa Conference at 7-6.

Garrett gave up 10 hits, but only surrendered two earned runs, going the full seven innings. She struck out one batter and also issued one walk.

Grace Francis doubled twice and scored two runs, Garrett was 1-for-3 with an RBI and Sydney Mosinski singled and scored for Nevada. Riley Mailey, Mady Farmer and Addi Vorm all walked and scored for Nevada.

Nevada 7, Saydel 3

S 102 000 0 - 3 10 NA

N 150 010 X - 7 5 NA

N: Mackenzie Garrett and Katie Sullivan.

WP: Garrett.

2B: Grace Francis 2.

HR: Sullivan.

ALLEMAN — Nevada never recovered from a devastating first-inning blow in a 12-0 loss to North Polk in four innings June 28 at Alleman.

North Polk, the No. 6 team in Class 3A, scored five times in the first inning and upped its lead to 8-0 through three frames. The Comets plated four runs in the fourth to put the game away, improve to 19-6 and stay alive in the Heart of Iowa Conference title chase with a 10-2 record.

“They’re a great team,” Nevada head softball coach John Bass said. “They’re really starting to hit the ball well. We’ve been looking at their games leading up to this and they’re just putting a bunch of runs on the board.”

The big blow was a grand slam from Baily Hougham in the first inning. The Comets had a 1-0 lead with two outs and Nevada pitcher Brooklynn Jensen got two strikes in the count, but Hougham got a hold of a pitch and sent it over the fence in center field.

“It just absolutely flattened us,” Bass said. “You put that doubt in your mind that you’ve got to play clean and you have to play almost a perfect game and they get a grand slam out of a girl that probably they weren’t expecting that out of and we definitely weren’t. But she hit the ball hard tonight every time she was up.”

It was the first grand slam of Hougham’s career.

Hougham finished 3-for-3 with a home run, two doubles and five RBIs. Sydney Anderson doubled and drove in three runs, Hannah Pals delivered an RBI double and Sophie Swygman also doubled once for North Polk at the plate.

Swygman made sure Nevada never threatened offensively. Katie Sullivan hit a leadoff single to start the game for Nevada, but the Cubs didn’t get another hit as Swygman finished with seven strikeouts and no walks.

Nevada fell to 6-6 in the HOIC and 8-12 overall with the loss. With the regular season winding down, Bass said he still has faith his young team can put everything together.

“With a young team you get this — you play really well, not be as focused the the next game, play really well, then not be as focused — kind of the ups and downs of being young,” Bass said. “I still think we’ve got a good shot to maybe make some noise. We’ve shown throughout the year that we have a chance to play well at times.”

Jensen took the loss against North Polk after surrendering six runs on five hits and four walks in two innings. Mackenzie Garrett threw the other two innings and gave up six runs on on seven hits with one strikeout and no walks.

North Polk 12, Nevada 0 (4)

N 000 0 - 0 1 1

NP 512 4 - 12 12 0

N: Brooklynn Jensen, Mackenzie Garrett (3) and Katie Sullivan.

NP: Sophie Swygman and Tricia Sporra.

WP: Swygman.

LP: Jensen.

2B: NP - Baily Hougham 2, Swygman, Sydney Anderson, Hannah Pals.

HR: NP - Hougham.

JEFFERSON - Nevada received a great pitching performance from eighth-grader Samantha Herridge to get past Greene County, 3-1, June 27 at Jefferson.

Herridge tossed a five-hitter and struck out three batters with just one walk to lead Nevada to victory. Greene County’s only run came in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Nevada scored twice in the top of the fifth and added an insurance run in the sixth. The Cubs finished with seven hits offensively, including three doubles.

Katie Sullivan was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs and Riley Mailey finished 2-for-3 with a run. Brooklynn Jensen doubled and scored, Addi Vorm singled and scored and Grace Francis doubled for the Cubs.

Samantha Hardaway gave up one earned run and struck out seven with no walks in a losing effort for Greene County. Lily Muri was 2-for-3 with a run and Megan Carey finished with an RBI for the Rams.

Nevada 3, Greene County 1

N 000 021 0 - 3 7 NA

GC 000 010 0 - 1 5 NA

N: Samantha Herridge and Katie Sullivan.

GC: Samantha Hardaway and Faith Davis.

WP: Herridge.

LP: Hardaway.

2B: N - Sullivan, Grace Francis, Brooklynn Jensen.

NEVADA - One shaky inning burned Nevada in a 7-1 loss to Baxter Tuesday in Nevada.

Baxter scored five runs in the top of the fourth inning to break a 1-1 tie. The Bolts kept up the pressure all inning, scoring four times with two outs and finishing with six hits.

Nevada was also hurt by two untimely errors in the inning.

“They kept their line moving,” Nevada head softball coach John Bass said. “It’s something we preach all the time — base hit after base hit really will defeat a team.”

Madison Pierce, Holly Jessen, Jordynn Wesselink and Kaitlynn Kelly all drove in a run for Baxter in the fourth. The fifth Bolt run came off a Cub error.

Nevada’s only score came in the bottom of the second. The Cubs put up three of their five hits in the inning, with Brooklyn Jensen reaching on a single and scoring on a double by Addi Vorm.

Riley Mailey also singled in the second for Nevada. Mailey later doubled and Sydney Mosinski had an infield single for the Cubs’ only other hits on the night as they fell to 7-11.

“We just couldn’t get it going,” Bass said. “Our approach tonight wasn’t exactly stellar at the plate. It was a tough night for us.”

Even with the sluggish outing, Bass is happy with where his team is at with Class 3A regional play looming next week. The Cubs earned a 6-4 win at Gilbert the night before and their seven victories is nearly double their total from a year ago.

“They’ve done a great job all year,” Bass said. “I guess one night here and there — we can live with that. There are times that we take big steps, then we take the little baby steps. We’re getting better.“

Mackenzie Garrett was the losing Cub pitcher. She went all seven innings and issued two walks.

Baxter improved to 11-9. Wesselink was 4-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs to lead the Bolts’ 14-hit attack on offense and Sydney Schmidt was the winning pitcher after recording two walks and a strikeout in seven innings.

Nevada 7, Baxter 1

B 100 501 0 - 7 14 0

N 010 000 0 - 1 5 3

B: Sydney Schmidt and Holly Jessen.

N: Mackenzie Garrett and Katie Sullivan.

WP: Schmidt.

LP: Garrett.

2B: B - Jordynn Wesselink (2). N - Addi Vorm, Riley Mailey.

GILBERT - A huge seventh-inning rally gave Nevada a 6-4 rivalry win over Gilbert Monday at Gilbert.

The Cubs came back from a 4-2 deficit with four runs in the top of the seventh. Mackenzie Garrett finished off the Tigers in the bottom of the inning to close out the victory.

Extra-base hits played a big role in Nevada’s triumph. The Cubs had three doubles and a home run.

Grace Francis was 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs and Emma Griffin finished 2-for-4 with a double, run and two RBIs to lead Nevada’s 10-hit attack. Addi Vorm went 2-for-4 with a double; Sydney Mosinski finished 1-for-3 with a walk, run and RBI; Ellie Gray singled and scored; Riley Mailey ended up 1-for-2 with a walk and an RBI and Brooklynn Jensen doubled once.

Mady Farmer scored a run and Cailtyn Sharp stole a base for Nevada.

Garrett worked around one hit and two walks to pitch a scoreless seventh and earn the win in relief. Eighth-grader Makayla Spaid started the game on the mound, giving up four runs — three earned — on five hits and five walks with two strikeouts.

Jordyn Pike allowed six runs on nine hits and three walks in 6 ⅓ innings as the losing Gilbert pitcher. Katie Gescheidler and Halli Nissen were both 2-for-4 with a run for the Tigers at the plate.

Nevada 6, Gilbert 4

N 002 000 4 - 6 10 NA

G 001 300 0 - 4 6 NA

N: Makayla Spaid, Mackenzie Garrett (7) and Katie Sullivan.

G: Jordyn Pike, Holli Nissen (7) and Emma Mostek.

WP: Garrett.

LP: Pike.

2B: N - Emma Griffin, Addi Vorm, Brooklynn Jensen.

HR: N - Grace Francis.