Cloud County falls in single, nine-inning road matchup against Iowa Western

Cloud County freshman outfielder Alex Rice hit his first career home run in Tuesday's loss to Iowa Western
Cloud County freshman outfielder Alex Rice hit his first career home run in Tuesday's loss to Iowa Western

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa — The Cloud County Community College baseball team had a tough day on the diamond Tuesday, falling by a 20-2 final in a midweek road game against perennial power Iowa Western Community College.

The loss moves Cloud County to 18-11 overall heading into Thursday's home opener against KJCCC West foe, Butler Community College.

"I was disappointed in our effort (Tuesday)," said Cloud County head coach, Eric Gilliland. "We didn't come ready to play and that's as much my fault as anybody's."

Cloud County was limited to two runs on four hits, the RBIs coming from freshman third baseman Davis Pratt and freshman center fielder Alex Rice, while the Reivers (21-4 overall) had 18 hits and took advantage of five errors by the T-Birds, defensively.

Iowa Western struck for six runs in the first to put the T-Birds behind the 8-ball early, and struck for another six runs in the third to start the snowball.

"It certainly started on the mound and bad baseball can be contagious," Gilliland said. "It unfortunately filtered into the whole game for us. It's a day we'll want to put behind us."

Pratt, who finished 2-for-3 on the afternoon, got Cloud County on the board with a RBI single in the top of the second inning.

The T-Birds offense was held silent again until the seventh when Rice swatted his first career home run with two outs in the inning.

Cloud County will look to shake off Tuesday's loss as it prepares for Thursday's home opener against Butler Community College.

"I think we played pretty well early on this season and this is our first real taste of adversity," Gilliland said. "You can't be good at this game, or really anything in life, without the ability to answer a challenge or enter the fight. That might be our biggest lesson from today. Our ability to handle adversity today was tested and we failed. But the good thing is we can learn from that and hopefully show a little more resiliency moving forward."

Thursday's first pitch has been pushed back to a 2 p.m. start due to rain in the forecast for Wednesday evening in Concordia.

Live stats and video for the games will be available through Cloud County's athletic website: www.cloudtbirds.com.

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