NJ sports round-up: Nevada baseball and softball teams suffer season-ending losses

Joe Randleman
Ames Tribune

The Nevada softball and baseball teams saw their seasons come to a close last week with losses during postseason competition.

The Cub baseball team fell to No. 9 Independence in a competitive 5-2 battle at Independence Saturday. Nevada also suffered a 10-2 loss to Boone in its final game of the regular season July 6 at the Nevada Cubs Baseball Field in Nevada.

The Nevada baseball team finished with a 13-17 record in its first year under Steve Glenn, a marked improvement from its 3-24 record from a year ago.

Nevada third baseman Briar Crain (7) tags Roland-Story's Alynn Solberg (7) as Solberg was trying to return back on a pick-off attempt during the third inning of the Cub softball team's 10-0 loss to the No. 9 Norse in the Class 3A regional quarterfinals Wednesday, July 6, 2022, in Roland, Iowa.

The Cub softball team suffered a 10-0 loss to No. 9 Roland-Story in the 3A regional quarterfinals July 6 at Roland. Nevada finished 7-19 in its first season under Corey Barloon.

The Colo-NESCO softball team also saw its season wind down with an 8-0 loss to No. 4 Collins-Maxwell in the 1A regional quarterfinals. The Royals had won three straight before losing to the Spartans and they finished with an 8-21 record.

Cub baseball team gives Independence a good run

The Nevada baseball team gave Independence a good fight Saturday. 

The Cubs fell behind 4-0 after two innings, but they outplayed the Mustangs (27-11) over the next five innings before falling short. Gavin Melohn singled, walked, stole a base and scored a run, Cael Franzen walked and scored, Christian Hawbaker was 1-for-3 with an RBI and Karter Beving also had a hit.

Beving took the loss after giving up four runs on four hits with four strikeouts in four innings of work. Franzen allowed one unearned run on one hit with two strikeouts in two innings.

In the loss to Boone the Cubs jumped out to a 2-0 lead only to be hurt by a five-run Boone second inning. Nevada sputtered offensively the rest of the way in going scoreless over the final six innings.

Franzen went 3-for-3 against Boone with a run, walk and steal. Beving went 2-for-3 with a double and a run, Connor Schnettgoecke went 1-for-3 with an RBI and Melohn and William Carsrud each had a hit.

Beving also suffered the loss against Boone, giving up four earned runs on two hits with one strikeout in 1 1/3 innings.

Nevada pitcher Makalya Spaid (1) catches a pop-up ball against Roland-Story during the second inning of the Cubs' 10-0 loss in the 3A regional quarterfinals Wednesday, July 6, 2022, in Roland, Iowa.

Cub softball team struggles late in regional loss

The Nevada softball team hung tough for 3 1/2 innings against Roland-Story. But the Cubs left two runners stranded in both the third and fourth frames and the inability to capitalize in those situations came back to haunt them.

"We were just a couple hits away from getting a few runs of our own and that would've changed the whole complexion of the game," Nevada head coach Corey Barloon said. "I was really proud of the girls. The ball didn't always bounce our way, but the girls always showed up ready to compete. I can't ask for anything more than that."

Roland-Story broke the game open with a six-run fourth inning. The Norse hit two home runs during the game.

Nevada's Kylie Taylor (2) bunts the ball for a single against Roland-Story during the fifth inning of the Cubs' 10-0 loss to the Norse in 3A regional quarterfinals Wednesday, July 6, 2022, in Roland, Iowa.

Kylie Taylor, Lani Khounsourath, Peyton Hanson and Avery Hinson each singled once and Taylor was also hit by a pitch for Nevada. Makayla Spaid drew a walk and Maria Rivera was hit by a pitch.

Spaid was the losing pitcher. She gave up six runs on five hits in 3 1/3 innings.

Royals have no answers for Erica Houge

The Colo-NESCO softball team simply couldn't find a way to get on base against Collins-Maxwell ace Erica Houge during the regional quarterfinals.

Houge fired a one hitter and struck out 13 batters with one walk to earn the shutout victory.

A Taylor Cox double accounted for Colo-NESCO's only hit. Molly Angell also walked once and stole a base for the Royals.

Callie Kohlwes took the loss for Colo-NESCO. Kohlwes threw a solid game against one of the best teams in 1A, giving up six earned runs on seven hits with two strikeouts in six innings.