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Royals rough up GMG for first win

Mackenna Ruffcorn
Mackenna Ruffcorn
Madison Farren
Madison Farren

MCCALLSBURG – The Colo-Nesco softball team earned its first victory of the season Monday as the Royals hammered GMG by a 14-3 score in five innings.

A big first inning set the pace for Colo-Nesco. The Royals walloped the Wolverines for seven runs in the inning and they never looked back, improving to 1-6 overall and 1-1 in the Iowa Star Conference.

Madison Farren went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, two runs, one walk and one steal to lead Colo-Nesco’s eight-hit attack on offense. Sam Riese also homered and finished with one walk and two runs and RBI apiece.

Hannah Buseman finished 2-for-4 with a double, walk, run, two steals and an RBI and Kassie Robinson went 2-for-4 with one run, one steal and two RBI. Kylie Sarver doubled, walked, stole a base and scored; Shayla Dean tallied three walks, two runs and one steal and RBI apiece and Mackenna Ruffcorn walked three times and ended up with two runs, one steal and one RBI.

Chelsea Henze drove in four runs and walked once for Colo-Nesco. As a team, the Royals compiled 14 walks and seven steals.

Ruffcorn was the winning pitcher. She threw all five innings and allowed three earned runs on six hits with four strikeouts and three walks.

Colo-Nesco 14, GMG 3

GMG 000 21 – 3 6 NA

C-N 711 14 – 14 8 NA

C-N: Mackenna Ruffcorn and Kylie Sarver

WP: Ruffcorn

2B: Sarver, Hannah Buseman

HR: Madison Farren, Sam Riese

MCCALLSBURG – Colo-Nesco couldn’t shake a slow start against non-conference rival West Marshall Friday as the Royals were dealt a 10-0 loss by the Trojans in five innings at McCallsburg.

Colo-Nesco gave up five runs in the first inning and never regrouped. Mackenna Ruffcorn took the loss as she threw all five innings and gave up eight earned runs on 11 hits with four strikeouts and just one walk.

Ruffcorn accounted for both Royal hits on offense. She tripled and singled in her only two at-bats.

Hannah Buseman also drew a walk for Colo-Nesco on offense.

Brooke Snider struck out five and walked one to get the win for West Marshall. Georgia Porter went 2-for-4 with a double and three runs, Katie Price finished 2-for-4 with a steal and two runs and Jennifer Davis knocked in two runs for the Trojans.

West Marshall 10, Colo-Nesco 0 (5)

WM 521 20 – 10 11 NA

C-N 000 00 – 0 2 NA

WM: Brooke Snider and Katie Price

C-N: Mackenna Ruffcorn and Kylie Sarver

WP: Snider

LP: Ruffcorn

2B: WM – Snider, Georgia Porter, Karis Gibbs

3B: C-N – Ruffcorn

MCCALLSBURG – Colo-Nesco dropped an 11-7 slugfest with Don Bosco in its Iowa Star Conference opener June 5 at McCallsburg.

The Royals fell behind 10-2 after 4 ½ innings. They made a valiant comeback effort over the final 2 ½ frames, outscoring the Dons 5-1 over that time, but it wasn’t enough.

Colo-Nesco only had three hits on offense, but the Royals took advantage of nine walks and three steals to stay within striking distance.

Madison Farren went 1-for-4 with four RBI; Shayla Dean walked twice, stole a base and scored three runs and Kylie Sarver was 1-for-5 with two walks, two steals, one RBI and three runs for the Royals. Sam Riese singled and walked, Kassie Robinson scored one run, Mackenna Ruffcorn walked and drove in two runs and Chelsea Henze also picked up a free pass for the Royals.

Ruffcorn was the losing pitcher after giving up 10 earned runs on 12 hits with five walks and three strikeouts in seven innings.

Tori Even went 3-for-3 with a walk, double, four runs and one RBI; Hannah Halverson finished 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI and Kaitlyn McGarvey ended up 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI for Don Bosco. Morgan Frost was the winning Don pitcher as she allowed seven runs – all unearned – with nine walks and four strikeouts.

Don Bosco 11, Colo-Nesco 7

DB 013 241 0 – 11 12 NA

C-N 101 023 0 – 7 3 NA

DB: Morgan Frost and Kindra Welter

C-N: Mackenna Ruffcorn and Kylie Sarver

WP: Frost

LP: Ruffcorn

2B: DB – Olivia Schmitt 2, Frost, Tori Even, Kaitlyn McGarvey

HR: DB – Hanna Halverson

MCCALLSBURG – A good start didn’t hold up for Colo-Nesco in a 5-2 loss to Colfax-Mingo June 3 at McCallsburg.

The Royals jumped out to a 2-0 lead after one inning and held that edge until the fourth. But Colo-Nesco went cold offensively after the first inning and in the fourth, Colfax-Mingo found some rhythm with three runs.

The Tigerhawks added one run apiece over the next two innings to get some breathing room and they held on to hand Colo-Nesco a non-conference loss.

Colo-Nesco had four hits offensively. Hannah Buseman was 1-for-3 with two RBI; Shayla Dean singled, stole a base and scored; Kylie Sarver was 1-for-3 with a run and Mackenna Ruffcorn also picked up a hit.

Madison Farren added one steal, and Chelsea Henze and Sam Riese each walked once for the Royals. Ruffcorn was the losing pitcher as she allowed three earned runs with two walks and one strikeout, going the distance for the Royals.

Riley Thompson and Alivia Haley both scored twice and Rhiannon Haley was 1-for-3 with three RBI for Colfax-Mingo. Amy Russell was the winning Tigerhawk pitcher as she struck out seven and walked two.

Colfax-Mingo 5, Colo-Nesco 2

C-M 000 311 0 – 5 7 NA

C-N 200 000 0 – 2 4 NA

C-M: Amy Russell and Rhiannon Haley

C-N: Mackenna Ruffcorn and Kylie Sarver

WP: Russell

LP: Ruffcorn

MARTENSDALE – Colo-Nesco dropped both ends of a non-conference doubleheader with Martensdale St. Marys May 31 in Martensdale.

The Royals lost by scores of 14-2 and 7-4.

In the 14-2 loss, Colo-Nesco fell in four innings as the game was called due to the 12-run rule put in place after three innings. The Royals gave up five runs in the first inning, two in the second, six in the third and another in the fourth, and they scored twice in the third.

Madison Farren doubled, scored and drove in a run, Peyton Hall singled and knocked in a run and Hannah Buseman walked, stole a base and scored for Colo-Nesco in the loss. Shayla Dean, Josie Leuthje and Melanie Van Loon picked up one free pass apiece for the Royals.

Leuthje was the losing pitcher as she allowed 10 runs – seven earned – on two hits with five walks in two innings.

Kaci Sherwood earned the victory for Martensdale St. Marys after striking out five and walking four in four innings. Nicole Shutt was 3-for-3 with a double, three runs and two RBI at the plate for the Blue Devils.

In the other outing, a late rally came up short for Colo-Nesco. The Royals scored three runs in the top of the seventh, but they had too much ground to make up after only scoring one run in the first six innings.

Mackenna Ruffcorn took the loss as she allowed seven runs – three earned – on nine hits with three strikeouts and walks apiece in six innings. Hannah Buseman and Madison Farren both went 2-for-4 with two RBI, Kylie Sarver finished 1-of-3 with a walk and two runs, Shayla Dean singled and scored and Chelsea Henze and Melanie Van Loon each picked up one hit for the Royals.

Riley Verwers earned the win for Martensdale St. Marys as she struck out five and walked one in seven innings. Jamie Jordan was 2-for-2 with two walks and three runs and Kaitlyn Schad went 2-for-3 with a triple and one run for the Blue Devils.

MSM 14, Colo-Nesco 2 (4)

MSM 526 1 – 14 5 NA

C-N 002 0 – 2 2 NA

MSM: Kaci Sherwood and Kaitlyn Schad

C-N: Josie Leuthje, Kassie Robinson (3), Mackenna Ruffcorn (4) and Kylie Sarver

WP: Sherwood

LP: Leuthje

2B: C-N – Madison Farren; MSM – Nicole Shutt

MSM 7, Colo-Nesco 4

C-N 000 100 3 – 4 8 NA

MSM 020 131 X – 7 9 NA

C-N: Ruffcorn and Sarver

MSM: Riley Verwers and Vicki Kordick

WP: Verwers

LP: Ruffcorn

2B: MSM – Kyla Morris

3B: MSM – Schad

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