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Royal softball team picks up two ISC wins

MCCALLSBURG – The Colo-Nesco softball team used dominant pitching and defense to score its second straight Iowa Star Conference victory with a 6-0 triumph over CAL June 12 in McCallsburg.

Mackenna Ruffcorn held CAL to just four hits and she only walked one batter. The Royal defense played strong ball behind her to help produce the shutout.

Ruffcorn finished with three strikeouts in seven innings to earn the win. She also went 1-for-3 with three steals and two RBI on offense.

Colo-Nesco totaled seven hits on offense.

Hannah Buseman and Madison Farren were both 2-for-4. Buseman also scored twice, drove in one run and came away with two steals and Farren picked up a triple, steal and two runs and RBI apiece.

Chelsea Henze and Kylie Sarver each added one single. Sarver also walked, stole two bases and scored once and Henze picked up one steal and RBI apiece.

Peyton Hall tacked on one run and steal apiece and Shayla Dean walked and stole a base. Colo-Nesco finished with 11 steals as a team, improving to 3-7 overall and 3-1 in the ISC.

Stephanie Theilen took the loss for CAL as she issued three two walks and struck out three in six innings. Rachael Arnold went 2-for-3 with a steal to lead the Cadets on offense.

Colo-Nesco 6, CAL 0

CAL 000 000 0 – 0 4 NA

C-N 012 300 X – 6 7 NA

CAL: Stephanie Theilen and Rachael Arnold

C-N: Mackenna Ruffcorn and Kylie Sarver

WP: Ruffcorn

LP: Theilen

3B: C-N – Farren

TRIPOLI – Colo-Nesco used a big three-inning stretch to pull off a decisive 13-0 victory over Tripoli in four innings June 11 at Tripoli.

After taking a 1-0 lead after one inning the Royals scored at least three runs in each of the next three frames. Colo-Nesco put up four runs in the second, three in the third and five in the fourth.

Pitcher Mackenna Ruffcorn kept Tripoli off the scoreboard with the help of solid defensive play behind her. That enabled the Royals to end the game early on account of the 12-run rule that goes into effect after three innings.

Ruffcorn tossed a two-hit shutout with three strikeouts and two walks. She was backed by a strong Colo-Nesco showing on offense as the Royals tallied nine hits and picked up nine steals and eight walks.

Shayla Dean went 3-for-4 with four steals, two runs and one walk and RBI apiece and Chelsea Henze was 2-for-3 with a double, three runs and one walk, steal and RBI to pace the Royal offense. Kylie Sarver finished with four runs, four RBI, three steals and one walk, Peyton Hall singled and produced three runs, one walk and one steal, Hannah Buseman singled, walked and drove in three runs and Kassie Robinson singled and scored.

Heidi Lindquist took the loss for Tripoli after allowing five earned runs on three hits with three walks and two strikeouts in two innings for the Panthers.

Colo-Nesco 13, Tripoli 0 (4)

C-N 143 5 – 13 9 NA

T 000 0 – 0 2 NA

C-N: Mackenna Ruffcorn and Kylie Sarver

T: Heidi Lindquist, Peyton Benson (3) and Kaitlin Westendorf

WP: Ruffcorn

LP: Lindquist

2B: C-N – Chelsea Henze

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