DUNKERTON - The Colo-Nesco softball team easily shook off one sluggish inning to get past Dunkerton, 8-3, in Iowa Star Conference play.


The Royals built an early 5-0 lead after scoring once in the first, three times in the third and one more time in the fourth. Dunkerton came back with three-run fifth to make things interesting, but Royal pitcher Mackenna Ruffcorn blanked the Raiders over the final two innings and the Colo-Nesco offense put up three runs in the seventh to seal the deal.


Ruffcorn allowed one earned run on five hits with six strikeouts and two walks, going the distance as the winning Colo-Nesco pitcher. She also went 2-for-3 with a double, two runs and three RBI at the plate.


Gracie Kettwig was 2-for-4 with two RBI, Chelsea Henze ended up 2-for-4 with one run and RBI apiece, Grace Stalzer was 1-for-4 with two runs and Kassie Robinson went 1-for-4 with a run and two steals. Claire Skinner singled and drove in a run, Mckenzie Niemeyer and Ayvarie Bappe were both 1-for-4 with a run and Megan Carlson singled and walked for the Royals.


The victory put Colo-Nesco at 12-15 overall and 11-5 in the ISC.


Colo-Nesco 8, Dunkerton 3


CN 103 100 3 - 8 12 NA


D 000 030 0 - 3 5 NA


CN: Mackenna Ruffcorn and Chelsea Henze.


WP: Ruffcorn.


2B: CN - Ruffcorn.


COLLINS - Colo-Nesco came up short in games against Collins-Maxwell-Baxter and Montezuma at the Collins Days Tournament Saturday in Collins.


Colo-Nesco was dealt a 13-2 loss in five innings by a CMB team rated No. 3 in Class 2A. The Royals also fell by a 7-1 score to Montezuma, dropping to 11-15 on the season.


Colo-Nesco couldn’t overcome an early seven-run hole in the loss to CMB. The Royals pulled within 7-2 in the top of the third, but CMB came back with a run in the bottom of the inning, then put up five runs in the fourth to sew up the victory.


Megan Carlson took the loss in her first-career start on the mound. Carlson gave up 12 runs — seven earned — on 14 hits with one walk in three innings.


Kassie Robinson tossed one scoreless inning in relief, giving up two walks and one hit.


Colo-Nesco came up with nine hits on offense. Carlson was 2-for-2, Robinson and Mackenna Ruffcorn were both 2-for-3 and Mckenzie Niemeyer doubled and scored the lone Royal run.


Grace Stalzer and Gracie Kettwig each added one single for Colo-Nesco.


Abbey Kahler was the winning pitcher for CMB. Kahler gave up one hit and struck out five in two innings of work.


Mikayla Houge was 2-for-4 with a double, two runs and an RBI for CMB on offense. Heather Jessen and Abby Husak drove in two runs apiece for the Raiders.


Colo-Nesco was unable to dig out of an early 3-0 deficit in the loss to Montezuma. The Royals put up one run in the second inning, but couldn’t manufacture another run the rest of the game.


Ruffcorn took the loss against Montezuma. She allowed four earned runs on eight hits with four strikeouts and no walks, going all seven innings.


Chelsea Henze singled and scored and Kettwig doubled and had an RBI for Colo-Nesco offensively versus Montezuma. Niemeyer, Stalzer, Carlson and Rylie Reischauer each added one single for the Royals.


Cassidy Watts was 3-for-4 with a home run, double and three RBI and Hanna Jones doubled twice and registered two runs and RBI apiece for Montezuma. Kailey Jones surrendered one earned run with eight strikeouts and no walks, going the distance as the winning Brave pitcher.


CMB 13, Colo-Nesco 2 (5)


CN 002 00 - 2 9 NA


CMB 701 5X - 13 14 NA


CN: Megan Carlson, Kassie Robinson (4) and Chelsea Henze.


CMB: Abbey Kahler, Sydney Schmidt (3), Mikayla Markley (5) and Hannah Caple.


WP: Kahler.


LP: Carlson.


2B: CN - Mckenzie Niemeyer. CMB - Caple, Mikayla Houge, Heather Jessen, Jordynn Wesselink.


Montezuma 7, Colo-Nesco 1


M 300 002 2 - 7 8 NA


CN 010 000 0 - 1 6 NA


M: Kailey Jones and Cassidy Watts.


CN: Mackenna Ruffcorn and Henze.


WP: Jones.


LP: Ruffcorn.


2B: M - Hanna Jones 2, Watts, Shelby Helm. CN - Gracie Kettwig.


HR: M - Watts.


MCCALLSBURG - Colo-Nesco mounted a fantastic rally to defeat Janesville, 8-7, in eight innings Friday at McCallsburg.


The Royals came back from a 6-1 deficit with a five-run outburst in the bottom of the seventh to force extra innings. Janesville put up a run in the top of the eighth, but Colo-Nesco responded with two runs in the bottom of the inning to win the game.


Colo-Nesco prevailed despite finishing with just four hits. Rylee Purvis was 1-for-2 with two walks and three runs and Kassie Robinson doubled, walked and drove in two as the top Royal hitters.


Megan Carlson singled and scored and Grace Stalzer singled and walked for the Royals. Mackenna Ruffcorn walked twice, scored once and drove in a run; Chelsea Henze walked three times and had one RBI; Claire Skinner walked and scored and Mckenzie Niemeyer crossed the plate twice.


Ruffcorn was the victorious pitcher. She gave up five earned runs on seven hits and three walks with six strikeouts, going all eight innings.


Bailey Hoff allowed three runs on five walks and one hit with one strikeout in 1 ⅓ innings of relief as the losing Janesville pitcher. Hoff and Morgan Charley both hit a solo home run and Grace Hovenga was 2-for-4 with a double, steal, run and RBI to pace the Wildcats offensively.


Colo-Nesco 8, Janesville 7 (8)


J 100 101 31 - 7 7 NA


CN 000 010 52 - 8 4 NA


J: Kennedy Meister, Kennedy Rieken (7), Bailey Hoff (7).


CN: Mackenna Ruffcorn and Chelsea Henze.


WP: Ruffcorn.


LP: Hoff.


2B: J - Rieken, Grace Hovenga. CN - Kassie Robinson.


HR: J - Bailey Hoff, Morgan Charley.


JEWELL - Colo-Nesco wasn’t able to keep up with South Hamilton in a 14-4 loss to the Hawks in six innings June 20 in Jewell.


Colo-Nesco finished with eight hits, only one less than South Hamilton. But the Royals had more defensive mistakes and they also only walked one time to five free passes for the Hawks.


South Hamilton took an 11-2 lead after five innings. Colo-Nesco put up two runs in the top of the sixth, but South Hamilton pushed three across in the bottom of the inning to end the game early.


Gracie Kettwig was 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBI and Rylee Purvis and Kassie Robinson both finished 2-for-3 with an RBI for Colo-Nesco. Claire Skinner doubled and scored, Mackenna Ruffcorn went 1-for-3 and Chelsea Henze and Rylie Reischauer each scored once.


Ruffcorn was the losing pitcher. She surrendered five earned runs on nine hits and five walks with two strikeouts, going the distance.


Alissa Moss was 3-for-4 with two triples, three runs and an RBI and Taylor Volkmann finished 3-for-3 with a double, two runs and three RBI to lead South Hamilton. Katie Johnson was the winning Hawk pitcher after giving up two earned runs with nine strikeouts and one walk in six innings.


South Hamilton 14, Colo-Nesco 4 (6)


CN 001 102 - 4 8 NA


SH 302 423 - 14 9 NA


CN: Mackenna Ruffcorn and Chelsea Henze.


SH: Katie Johnson and Breanne Diersen.


WP: Johnson.


LP: Ruffcorn.


2B: CN - Claire Skinner. SH - Taylor Volkmann, Chloe Berkman.


3B: SH - Alissa Moss 2.


HR: CN - Gracie Kettwig.


CLARKSVILLE - Colo-Nesco never got on track versus a Clarksville team rated No. 7 in Class 1A June 19 at Clarksville as the Royals were defeated by a 13-1 score in four innings.


Colo-Nesco’s only run came in the top of the fourth after Clarksville had built a 10-0 lead. The Indians came back with three runs in the bottom of the fourth to end the game early.


Chelsea Henze singled for the only Royal hit and she also drove in her team’s only run. Grace Stalzer scored once for Colo-Nesco.


Kassie Robinson gave up 10 runs — only five earned — on six hits and two walks in three innings as the losing Royal pitcher. Rylee Purvis surrendered three runs on four hits in ⅔ of an inning.


Kori Wedeking struck out four, going all four innings as the winning Indian pitcher. Chloe Ross homered and tallied two runs and RBI apiece, Bethany Negen was 2-for-4 with a run and three RBI and Cheyanne Behrends was 1-for-2 with three runs and two RBI for Clarksville.


Clarksville 13, Colo-Nesco 1 (4)


CN 000 1 - 1 1 NA


C 514 3 - 13 10 NA


CN: Kassie Robinson, Rylee Purvis (4) and Chelsea Henze.


C: Kori Wedeking and Bethany Negen.


WP: Wedeking.


LP: Robinson.


2B: C - Wedeking, Janet Borchardt.


HR: C - Chloe Ross.