ZEARING - An explosive hitting attack combined with great off-speed pitching from James Carsrud to give Nevada a dominant 17-0 victory over Colo-Nesco in five innings during a non-conference rivalry baseball game between the two teams Friday in Zearing.
Nevada pounded out 16 hits and took advantage of five Colo-Nesco errors. Carsrud only gave up one hit and he struck out 10 batters, helping the Cubs go to 14-9 on the season.
“It’s a confidence booster,” Nevada senior catcher Macade Matuska said. “We have districts next week, so hopefully we can keep the bats going.”
The Cubs were hot from the get-go, putting five runs on the board in the first inning. Bronzon Mason has been a big contributor since collecting three hits and four RBI in a win over South Hamilton June 21, and he got the ball rolling against Colo-Nesco with a two-run single.
“I’m just staying calm and swinging the stick,” Mason said.
Nevada pushed its lead to 10-0 going into the fifth inning. The Cubs then ripped off seven runs to put the game away.
Matuska played a big role in Nevada’s offensive success. He went 2-for-3 with a double and three RBI.
Tyler Shafer was 2-for-2 with a walk, double and three runs; Cam Shill was 2-for-4 with a double, RBI and run and Carsrud, Jack Higgins and Thomas Crawford each drove in two runs. Preston Cattanach was 2-for-3 with a double and a run and Brody Schomaker knocked in one run.
Carsrud struck out eight of the first nine batters he faced. His curve kept Colo-Nesco off balance most of the night.
“The curve ball was on and most of my pitches were working tonight,” Carsrud said. “It helps pitching with a lead.”
The victory was Nevada’s third in a row, with districts just around the corner
“We’ve a couple rough weeks,” Mason said. “But we’re getting on a roll now.”
Colo-Nesco ended the regular season at 7-20-1. Royal head baseball coach Brandon Frohwein said his team simply had a tough time adjusting to Carsrud.
“We don’t face a lot of pitchers that have that good a curve ball,” Frohwein said. “And we had a couple of untimely errors that extended an inning or two. But the bottom line is — they’re better than us.”
The game was symbolic of a Royal season that has seen the team take its share of lumps after having to replace a talented senior class off last year’s 15-11 team.
“We’re kind of in a rebuilding year this year,” Frohwein said. “But there were some bright spots. I thought Brighton Clatt for a freshman held his own for a few innings there. Jacob Clatt, we’ve been developing all year as a pitcher and he’s coming along. And it’s just good to see a really good pitcher going into districts.”
Bryce Niemeyer was the losing Royal pitcher against Nevada. Niemeyer surrendered eight runs — just three earned — on two walks in 2 ⅓ innings.
Brighton Clatt gave up six runs — two earned — in 1 ⅔ innings and Jacob Clatt allowed two unearned runs with two strikeouts and walks apiece. The Royal pitchers were hurt by five errors in the field.
Garret Tiarks singled for Colo-Nesco’s only hit off Carsrud.
Nevada 17, Colo-Nesco 0 (5)
N 513 17 - 17 16 1
CN 000 00 - 0 1 5
N: James Carsrud and Macade Matuska.
CN: Bryce Niemeyer, Brighton Clatt (3), Jacob Clatt (5) and Garrett Packer.
2B: N - Matuska, Tyler Shafer, Cam Shill, Preston Cattanach, Thomas Crawford.