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Cubs outslug Royals in softball, 11-6

Colo-Nesco’s Mackenna Ruffcorn just beats the throw home to Nevada catcher Tanner Messerli during the Royal-Cub non-conference softball game June 10 in Nevada. Nevada prevailed by an 11-6 score for its second victory of the season. (PHOTO BY JONATHAN KRUEGER)
Colo-Nesco’s Mackenna Ruffcorn just beats the throw home to Nevada catcher Tanner Messerli during the Royal-Cub non-conference softball game June 10 in Nevada. Nevada prevailed by an 11-6 score for its second victory of the season. (PHOTO BY JONATHAN KRUEGER)
Colo-Nesco’s Mackenna Ruffcorn just beats the throw home to Nevada catcher Tanner Messerli during the Royal-Cub non-conference softball game June 10 in Nevada. Nevada prevailed by an 11-6 score for its second victory of the season. (PHOTO BY JONATHAN KRUEGER)
Colo-Nesco’s Mackenna Ruffcorn just beats the throw home to Nevada catcher Tanner Messerli during the Royal-Cub non-conference softball game June 10 in Nevada. Nevada prevailed by an 11-6 score for its second victory of the season. (PHOTO BY JONATHAN KRUEGER)

NEVADA – A strong start helped Nevada hold off a late Colo-Nesco rally for an 11-6 non-conference victory over the Royals in softball June 10 in Nevada.

After a scoreless first inning, Nevada got hot with four runs in the second and five in the third to build a 9-1 lead. The Cubs were still in firm command going into the seventh inning with a comfortable 11-2 advantage.

Colo-Nesco woke up offensively in the seventh to put a little bit of a scare into Nevada. The Royals plated four runs in the inning, but it wasn’t near enough to get the job done.

Nevada finished with 11 hits in the victory. The Cubs also drew six walks and stole four bases as a team.

Peyton Messerli and Madi Highland carried the biggest sticks for Nevada on offense.

Messerli was 3-for-4 with two runs, one steal and three RBI. Highland finished 2-for-3 with a double, two runs and four RBI.

Kelsey Haley went 2-for-4 with two RBI for Nevada. Erica Helton was 1-for-4 with two runs, a walk and a steal; Skye Borton singled, stole a base and scored; Abby Van Dam went 1-for-4 with a walk and a run and Erin Francis picked up one hit.

Alex Van Dam gave up 16 hits, but she struck out five and only walked one in seven innings to earn the victory for Nevada as the Cubs improved to 2-6 on the season.

Colo-Nesco dropped to 1-7. Mackenna Ruffcorn took the loss as she allowed six earned runs with five walks and one strikeout in six innings.

The Royals came up short despite an impressive game hitting the ball. Six different Colo-Nesco players recorded multiple hits during the game.

Madison Farren and Kassie Robinson were both 3-for-4 as the top Royal hitters. Farren doubled twice and scored once, and Robinson drove in one run.

Ruffcorn, Hannah Buseman, Peyton Hall and Sam Riese each collected two hits. Ruffcorn had one run and RBI apiece; Buseman scored twice; Hall doubled, scored once and drove in a run and Riese picked up one RBI.

Chelsea Henze added a double and an RBI, Kylie Sarver connected for a single and Grace Stalzer scored one run for the Royals.

Nevada 11, Colo-Nesco 6

C-N 010 010 4 – 6 16 NA

N 045 002 X – 11 11 NA

C-N: Mackenna Ruffcorn and Kylie Sarver

N: Alex Van Dam and Tanner Messerli

WP: Van Dam

LP: Messerli

2B: C-N – Madison Farren 2, Peyton Hall, Chelsea Henze; N – Madi Highland

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