Cloud County suffers four losses
Playing at home for the first time this season, the Cloud County Community College baseball team suffered four losses.
Cloud County lost 8-5 to North Iowa Area Community College, the eighth-ranked team in NJCAA Division II Saturday at the Concordia Sports Complex, and fell 8-1 to Highland Community College.
North Iowa defeated the Thunderbirds 5-1 on Saturday.
Cloud County was beaten 9-1 by Highland.
A two-run home run by Jesse Rall in the bottom of the third inning gave Cloud County a 2-1 lead on North Iowa.
Sending 11 batters to the plate, North Iowa put up seven runs in the top of the sixth inning to go up 8-2.
Cloud County scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Matthew Forsythe pitched five and two thirds innings in taking the loss. He gave up five runs on four hits, struck out four and walked five.
Colton Kooser allowed three runs on three hits, struck out two and walked one in an inning and a third.
Jared Zerr, Jackson Cain and Trevor Reid had two hits each for the T-Birds.
A grand slam home run in the top of the first inning gave Highland a 4-0 lead on Cloud County on Friday.
The T-Birds scored their lone run in the bottom of the first.
Highland added single runs in the third and fourth innings and two runs in the fifth.
Kasey Biddle gave up six runs on five hits, struck out one and walked three in three and two-thirds innings in taking the loss. Quentin Miller allowed two runs on four hits, struck out two and walked three in three and a third innings.
North Iowa defeated Highland 4-2 on Friday.
In a rematch on Saturday, North Iowa put up three runs in the first inning on Cloud County.
North Iowa made it 4-0 with a run in the third inning.
Zerr singled and scored on a base hit by Austin White in the bottom of the fifth inning, and the T-Birds trailed 4-1.
North Iowa added a run in the seventh inning to get the 5-1 win.
Rall pitched all seven innings in suffering the loss. He gave up five runs, three earned, on nine hits, struck out seven and walked two.
White had three of Cloud County’s six hits.
Highland took a 2-0 lead on the T-Birds in the top of the second inning on Saturday.
The Scotties tacked on three runs in the third inning and four in the fourth to open up a 9-0 advantage.
Cloud County scored a run in the sixth inning.
Emilio Foden took the loss. He allowed nine runs, two earned, on eight hits, struck out three and walked one in three and a third innings.
Jared Winter pitched three and two-thirds scoreless innings. He gave up two hits and struck out four.
Rall had two hits for the T-Birds.
Highland shut out North Iowa, 8-0.
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