Down 5-0 after 2 1/2 innings, the St. Mary's Colgan Panthers came back and gained a 6-5 lead headed into Nevada's last at-bat after plating four runs in the bottom of the sixth.

Down 5-0 after 2 1/2 innings, the St. Mary's Colgan Panthers came back and gained a 6-5 lead headed into Nevada's last at-bat after plating four runs in the bottom of the sixth.

However, the Nevada Tigers responded with three runs in the top half of the seventh and shortstop Cory Kerbs quashed any Colgan rally by turning a game-ending 6-3 double play, giving Nevada a 8-6 win Wednesday at JayCee Ballpark. Kerbs redeemed himself after he pitched 3 2/3 innings of no-hit ball and tired in the sixth inning during Colgan's rally.

“It was a good game,” Colgan head coach Mike Watt said. “I guess it was a typical first . . . we walked too many guys, which isn’t very typical of our pitchers. I knew we were going to make physical mistakes but what really hurt us was that we had a lot of mental mistakes. Just little things here and there. It was kind of indicative of the way that we practiced in the last few days. I don’t think they’ve been mentally into what we’re doing and sometimes you learn from a loss. Hopefully, we’ve learned from this one.”

After starting pitchers Jack Villamaria and Kerbs retired the side in the first, Nevada capitalized on four Colgan errors to score four runs in the second and first baseman Alex Payne drove home Bubba Banes, Sam Ellifrits and Kerbs on a bases-clearing double to deep left. Villamaria helped derail Nevada when he threw out Payne at third base on a bunt from Easton Mitchell.

Nevada scored its fifth run of the game on four walks — Cole Sanderson, Banes and Ellifrits reached on consecutive walks and with two outs, Grant Wolfe made it a fourth walk and one run scored.

Kerbs pitched his way out of a bases-loaded jam in the third — Grant Normand, Nate Grimaldi and Jesse Newcomb walked — but sophomore Christian Cedeno broke up the no-no in the fourth with a single to right and the Panthers scored their first two runs on a RBI single by Normand and a bases-loaded walk by Grimaldi. Nevada also helped Colgan out with two errors.

Kerbs retired Colgan 1-2-3 in the fifth on consecutive groundball outs (6-3, 6-3 and 4-3) but the right-handed pitcher tired in the sixth after Cedeno hit into a 5-3 groundout. Austin Kratz drew a walk and then came a double by Normand, a RBI single by Colton Gilbert, a RBI single by Newcomb and a 2-run double by Sam Gilbert. Colgan recovered from a five-run deficit to gain the lead headed into the seventh inning.

“Grant Normand had a big hit,” Watt said. “Austin Kratz had a big hit. Jesse Newcomb had a big hit. We did a lot of good things. We just didn’t do enough good things to win. Nevada’s got a nice team and I thought their pitcher did a very good job. We went (3 2/3 innings) without a hit. So, I mean, give them a lot of credit. It just wasn’t that we didn’t play well. They did a nice job.”

In the seventh, Wolfe hit a one-hop shot to center fielder Grimaldi and drove in Payne for a tie score; Payne had reached on a walk and moved to second on a balk. Cole Ketterman hit another rocket shot past the outstretched glove of Cedeno into center and Wolfe scored the game-winning run; Sanderson drove in Ketterman with a single.

Colgan plays Baxter Springs on Monday in Baxter, starting at 2:30 p.m.

Nevada (Mo.) 8, St. Mary's Colgan 6
NHS    041 000 3 — 8 6 2
SMC    000 204 0 — 6 8 4
Cory Kerbs, Grant Wolfe (6) and Cole Sanderson. Jack Villamaria, Sam Gilbert (3), Christian Cedeno (3), V.J. Piccini (7) and Jesse Newcomb. WP — Wolfe. LP — Cedeno. LOB — NHS 11, SMC 9. 2B — Alex Payne; Gilbert, Grant Normand. SB — Wolfe, Brett Norton; Colton Gilbert 2. HBP — Norton; Cedeno.