ZEARING - The Colo-Nesco baseball team got more than it bargained for out of freshman pitcher Brighton Clatt in a 4-1 victory over Janesville Friday at Zearing.
Clatt entered the game having only thrown three games in his career. His only previous start before Friday was a loss at Roland-Story on June 15.
But against Janesville, the undersized youngster came up huge. He went the distance, striking out two and giving up six hits and three walks to earn the first victory of his career.
“I was not expecting to go seven innings,” Clatt said. “Exactly 90 pitches — that’s pretty good. My second start as a freshman and to get the dub feels good.”
Clatt managed to work his way out of a couple tight spots during the game.
In the top of the first, Janesville loaded the bases with two outs, but Clatt forced the Wildcats’ Ben McGrath to fly out to right field for the final out to get out of the jam.
Janesville loaded the bases again in the top of the fifth after a two-out walk by Bryce Desitval followed by back-to-back singles from Joey Carlson and Dawson Charley. But Clatt again retired McGrath for a big final out, this time forcing him to pop up to second base.
A strong curve ball and four-seam fastball were Clatt’s bread and butter against Janesville. Those pitches resulted in a lot of pop-ups, mostly to Mason Lytle in left field.
Lytle made an impressive seven putouts on the night. He was responsible for the last four outs of the game for Colo-Nesco.
“(Clatt) was pitching strikes, so all I had to do was catch the ball,” Lytle said. “It builds your confidence once you catch a few. It’s easy from the first to the last.”
Clatt was also helped out by an early spurt at the plate by the Royals. All four Colo-Nesco runs came in the first inning.
“That really helped my confidence to pitch this game,” Clatt said. “I knew our team had my back.”
Clatt also came up with the biggest hit of the game as he had a two-run single for Colo-Nesco in the first.
Matthew Hill added an RBI single and Bryce Niemeyer also drove in a run for the Royals. Kelly Gray and Sean Cutler both singled and scored in the inning.
Hill finished 3-for-4 and Clatt was 2-for-3. Gray, Cutler and Garret Tiarks each picked up one hit.
The victory was the third in four games for Colo-Nesco. The Royals improved to 6-15-1 overall and 4-10-1 in the Iowa Star Conference.
Janesville dropped to 4-10 and 3-8 respectively.
Charley was the losing pitcher for Janesville. He ended the game allowing eight hits and striking out nine with two walks.
Charley and Joey Carlson each collected two hits for Janesville. Tegan Meyer and Spencer Hoff added one single apiece for the Wildcats.
Colo-Nesco 4, Janesville 1
J 000 100 0 - 1 6 2
CN 400 000 X - 4 8 3
GMG: Dawson Charley and Joey Carlson.
CN: Brighton Clatt and Garrett Packer.
STATE CENTER - Colo-Nesco was overpowered late in a 9-1 loss to West Marshall June 22 at State Center.
The Royals hung with the Trojans for 4 ½ innings. They trailed 2-1 after two frames and were still within 3-1 going into the bottom of the fifth.
But West Marshall pushed five runs across in its half of the fifth to break the game open. The Trojans added another unanswered insurance run in the sixth.
Mason Lytle was 2-for-3 with a double, steal and run and Garret Tiarks doubled and tallied an RBI for Colo-Nesco. Sean Cutler and Matthew Hill each singled once and Kelly Gray and Parker Eley drew one walk apiece.
Jacob Clatt gave up six runs — five earned — on four hits and three walks with one strikeout in four innings as the losing Colo-Nesco pitcher. Philip Bower allowed three runs on four hits with one walk in two innings.
Chandler Sponseller went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI and Alex Dickey and Cody Mead each drove in two runs for West Marshall. Cameron Bannister surrendered one earned run with seven strikeouts and two walks as the winning Trojan pitcher.
West Marshall 9, Colo-Nesco 1
CN 010 000 0 - 1 5 NA
WM 201 051 X - 9 8 NA
CN: Jacob Clatt, Philip Bower (5) and Garrett Packer.
WM: Cameron Bannister, Parker Hulbert (7) and Josh Larsen
2B: CN - Garret Tiarks, Mason Lytle. WM - Bannister, Chandler Sponseller, Cody Mead.
JEWELL - A monster second inning propelled Colo-Nesco to a 15-5 non-conference victory over South Hamilton in six innings June 20 at Jewell.
The Royals ripped South Hamilton pitching for eight runs in the second inning to counter a five-run Hawk first inning. Colo-Nesco led 11-5 after five innings, then put up four more unanswered scores in the sixth to end the game early.
Colo-Nesco pounded out 14 hits — all singles. Bryce Niemeyer was 4-for-4 with two runs and a walk, Matthew Hill ended up 3-for-4 with three runs and an RBI and Sean Cutler finished 2-for-5 with one run and three RBI as the top Royal batters.
Mason Lytle singled, walked twice, scored and drove in three runs; Philip Bower was 1-for-3 with two walks, two steals, one run and one RBI and Garrett Packer singled, walked stole a base and scored. Kelly Gray went 1-for-3 with two walks, two steals, three runs and one RBI; Jacob Clatt was 1-for-5 with a run and an RBI and Garret Tiarks picked up one run and two walks, steals and RBI apiece.
Cutler was the winning pitcher. He didn’t give up a run on three hits and three walks with one strikeout in 5 ⅓ innings.
Colton Coy allowed nine runs — five earned — with five walks and one strikeout in 1 ⅔ innings as the losing South Hamilton pitcher. C.J. Hewitt went 2-for-3 with a double, walk, steal and run for the Hawks at the plate.
Colo-Nesco 15, South Hamilton 5 (6)
CN 181 014 - 15 14 NA
SH 500 000 - 5 3 NA
CN: Matthew Hill, Sean Cutler (1) and Garrett Packer.
SH: Colton Coy, D.J. Klonglan (2), C.J. Hewitt (6) and Rylan Harris.
2B: SH - Hewitt.