Nevells goes yard for 9th career home run for Doane

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Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Apr 1, 2023

Chugiak's Justin Nevells on Saturday made the most out of a tough day at the ballpark in a double dip for the Doane University baseball team.

The sophomore third baseman went yard for his only hit in seven at-bats as Hastings swept the doubleheader between NAIA teams in Nebraska. 

After his team lost the first game 2-1, Nevells crushed a solo home run to tie the second game 2-2 in the fourth inning that became a 4-2 loss. He can't pitch, too.

This was his second home run of the season for the cleanup hitter, who is batting .325 in 28 games.

This was also the first homer hit this season at mammoth Duncan Field, the biggest ballpark in NAIA baseball. His bomb was hit to left centerfield between the 370 and 405 signs, according to his father Roger, who was at the game.

Nevells has nine career bombs, putting him on the verge of becoming the 15th Alaska player to reach double digit dingers at the college level.

He is a .335 career hitter for Doane in 105 games since 2021. Twenty-nine of his 86 hits have gone for extra bases as he zeros in on the career century mark.

Last year, Nevells went 6-for-6 to become what is believed to be the first Alaska college player with six hits in a single game. Later that season he drove in the winning run to supply Doane a 3-1 win over No. 14 Vanguard to give the Tigers their first opening-round win at the NAIA Championships since 2012. 

Doane (20-8) will get another crack at Hastings in Sunday's twin bill.