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Colo-Nesco’s Taylor Hill beats the tag by GMG third baseman Noah Thurston as he reaches third base during the Royals’ 7-3 victory over the Wolverines Friday in Zearing. Photo by Joe RandlemanBuy Photo
Colo-Nesco’s Taylor Hill beats the tag by GMG third baseman Noah Thurston as he reaches third base during the Royals’ 7-3 victory over the Wolverines Friday in Zearing. Photo by Joe Randleman
Colo-Nesco shortstop J.T. Adams gets ready to make a play after coming up with a ground ball during the Royals’ home win over GMG Friday. Photo by Joe RandlemanBuy Photo
Colo-Nesco shortstop J.T. Adams gets ready to make a play after coming up with a ground ball during the Royals’ home win over GMG Friday. Photo by Joe Randleman

C-N improves to 5-4 in ISC

ZEARING – The Colo-Nesco baseball team used a strong stretch in the middle innings to pull off a 7-3 Iowa Star Conference victory over GMG Friday in Zearing.

The Royals broke a scoreless tie with three runs in the third inning. They added a score in the fourth, then took firm control with another three-run surge in the fifth.

GMG tried to mount a comeback in the sixth with a three-run inning of its own, but the Wolverines could get no closer as Colo-Nesco improved to 7-8 overall and 5-4 in the ISC.

Colo-Nesco prevailed despite picking up just two hits on offense. Walks proved the big difference-maker in the game as the Royals benefited from 14 free passes on the night.

J.T. Adams, Adam Lytle, Brandyn Niemeyer, Taylor Hill, Brandon Jacobs, Brady Stoeffler and T.J. Dunkin each scored a run for Colo-Nesco.

Adams walked twice and stole two bases; Lytle doubled, walked three times, stole a base and drove in a run and Niemeyer singled and drove in two runs. Hill had two walks and steals apiece, Jacobs walked twice and Stoeffler walked four times and tallied two steals and an RBI.

Niemeyer earned the victory as he gave up three earned runs on three hits with seven strikeouts and five walks, going the full seven innings. Austin Vaughn gave up four runs – two earned – with six walks and two strikeouts in four innings to take the loss for GMG.

Vaughn also singled and scored and Jeffery Hughes and Jacob Burt each added one hit for the Wolverines.

Colo-Nesco 7, GMG 3

GMG 000 003 0 – 3 3 NA

C-N 003 130 X – 7 2 NA

GMG: Austin Vaughn, Tyler Krull (5), Noah Thurston (6) and Jacob Burt

C-N: Brandyn Niemeyer and Taylor Hill

WP: Niemeyer

LP: Vaughn

2B: C-N – Adam Lytle

JANESVILLE – An offensive drought after the first inning hurt Colo-Nesco in a 3-2 loss at Janesville June 19.

The Royals scored both of their runs in the first inning and then the air was let out of their tires. Colo-Nesco finished with seven hits and the Royals only picked up two walks on offense.

J.T. Adams and Adam Lytle were both 2-for-4 with a run for the Royals. Adams doubled and stole a base, and Lytle drew one walk.

Taylor Hill finished 1-for-2 with a walk, steal and RBI and Brady Stoeffler and Steven Cutler each singled once. Adams was the losing pitcher, despite a solid outing where he gave up three unearned runs on just three hits with five strikeouts and three walks in 5 1/3 innings.

Brandyn Niemeyer threw the final 2/3 of an inning and struck out both batters he faced.

Tim Swanson threw five scoreless innings in relief with two strikeouts and a walk to pick up the win for Janesville. He also went 2-for-3 with a double, run and RBI to lead the Wildcats at the plate.

Janesville 3, Colo-Nesco 2

C-N 200 000 0 – 2 7 NA

J 100 101 X – 3 3 NA

C-N: J.T. Adams, Brandyn Niemeyer (6) and Taylor Hill

J: Turner Frey, Tim Swanson (3) and Jerod Fisher

WP: Swanson

LP: Adams

2B: C-N – Adams; J – Swanson

ZEARING – Colo-Nesco came up short on both ends of a doubleheader with Don Bosco June 17 in Zearing.

The Royals suffered a 9-1 loss and also came up just short by a 5-4 decision.

In the 9-1 setback, Colo-Nesco was done in by a six-run fourth inning from Don Bosco. That put the Royals down 7-1 and they never recovered.

J.T. Adams, Brandyn Niemeyer, Tyler Guy and Taylor Hill each singled to account for the Royals’ only hits in the game. Hill drove in Niemeyer for the lone Royal run.

Adams was the losing pitcher. He was hurt by defensive mistakes as only one of Don Bosco’s seven runs was earned. Adams ended up allowing just three hits with three walks and two strikeouts in four innings.

Brady Stoeffler gave up two runs on one hit and one walk in one inning and Adam Lytle threw a scoreless inning for the Royals.

Travis Havel picked up the win for Don Bosco as he threw all seven innings and struck out 12 with no walks. Tyler Backes singled and scored twice and Dalton Smith drove in three runs for the Dons.

One bad inning resulted in the other loss for Colo-Nesco. The Royals held a 4-1 lead going into the sixth inning thanks to a three-run fourth inning, but Don Bosco plated four runs in the top of the sixth to take the lead, and Colo-Nesco didn’t have an answer.

Niemeyer took the loss. He threw all seven innings and gave up just two earned runs on seven hits with six strikeouts and two walks.

Tyler Guy went 3-for-4 and Hill was 2-for-4 with a double to pace the 10-hit Colo-Nesco showing at the plate. Lytle singled, drove in two runs and stole a base; Adams was 1-for-3 with an RBI; Stoeffler, Tanner Clatt and Steven Cutler each singled and scored and Clatt also drove in a run.

Brandon Zumbach picked up the victory for Don Bosco as he struck out 10 and walked four. Backes went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI to lead the Dons on offense.

Don Bosco 9, Colo-Nesco 1

C-N 000 100 0 – 1 4 NA

DB 100 620 X – 9 4 NA

C-N: J.T. Adams, Brady Stoeffler (5), Adam Lytle (6) and Taylor Hill

DB: Travis Havel and Tyler Metcalf

WP: Havel

LP: Adams

3B: DB – Tyler Backes

Don Bosco 5, Colo-Nesco 4

DB 100 004 0 – 5 7 NA

C-N 010 300 0 – 4 10 NA

DB: Brandon Zumbach and Metcalf

C-N: Brandyn Niemeyer and Hill

WP: Zumbach

LP: Niemeyer

2B: DB – Backes; C-N – Hill

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