NEVADA - Walks, eight of them in all, were the primary reason why the South Hamilton baseball team slumped home with a quick loss to Heart of Iowa Conference rival Nevada Friday night.
The Cubs gladly accepted the free bases. They took advantage of them, too.
Nevada (4-4, 4-1 HOIC) blasted one timely hit after another off Hawks' pitchers Trevor Ullestad and Josh Doering, and scored at least four runs in each of the first three innings en route to a 13-1, 5-inning victory.
"We weren't able to throw strikes, and then they hit us hard, too," South Hamilton head coach Bret Bell said.
Nevada's Colynn Black followed up back-to-back walks with a two-run triple in the first inning off Ullestad, part of a four-run spurt. An inning later Alex Good went yard with a runner aboard for a two-run home run, as the Cubs put five more on the board to take a commanding 9-1 lead.
South Hamilton (7-6, 3-4 HOIC) managed just three hits off Cubs' pitcher Zach Cross, who went the distance to pick up the win. Justin Shepherd, John Hegland and Cole Swenson all singled; Swenson drove in the team's only run with his first inning base hit.
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Nevada454 0x-13 9 0
Trevor Ullestad, Josh Doering (3) and Lucas Olson. Zach Cross and Chase Stout. W-Cross. L-Ullestad. RBI-SH: Cole Swenson.
"(Cross) was a good pitcher and give him credit because he had good stuff," Bell said. "We hit the ball hard though, just right at people."
South Hamilton will be at home tonight to host Roland-Story at 7:30 p.m.