JEWELL - Nevada scored twice in the first inning to seize the lead, and the Cubs added two more runs in the fourth to jump back ahead for good in a 5-2 Heart of Iowa Conference victory over South Hamilton last night at the Mike Penning Athletic Complex.
The Hawks (5-11, 2-7 HOIC) tied the game with two runs in the third, but had nothing left in the tank offensively over the final four innings.
"We're just leaving a lot of runners in scoring position right now. We're having trouble coming up with the key plays when we need them," South Hamilton head coach Laura Read said.
DFJ photo by Tracy Runneberg
Carly Swenson smacks a ground ball to the right side of the infield for South Hamilton during its HOIC softball game against Nevada last night in Jewell.
Nevada (2-8, 1-7 HOIC) claimed its first conference victory and turned the tables on South Hamilton, which won the first clash 6-0 back on May 24.
Nevada ripped eight hits off Hawks' hurler Brittany Nicholson, who finished with three strikeouts and three walks. Only three of the Cubs' runs were earned.
"We hurt ourselves defensively," Read said.
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Monday at Jewell
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Alex Van Dam and Tanner Messerli. Brittany Nicholson and Alyssa Hegland. W-Van Dam. L-Nicholson. RBI-SH: Kayla Carlson (2).
South Hamilton collected five hits off Cubs' pitcher Alex Van Dam. Kayla Carlson laced a pair of base hits and drove in both of the team's runs.
The Lucas twins - Kayla and Kali - both singled, as did Nicholson.
The Hawks will have a day off before hitting the road to take on Saydel on Wednesday.