TRAER — The Colo-NESCO baseball team had trouble putting hits together in an 8-2 loss to North Tama Monday at Traer.


The Royals only had three hits on the night, falling to 5-7 overall and 3-4 in the Iowa Star Conference. Colo-NESCO jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning, but North Tama tied the score in the third, then went in front for good with four runs in the fourth.


Ryan Banks was 2-for-2 with a walk and Matthew Hill singled, walked, stole a base and drove in a run for Colo-NESCO. Kelly Gray stole two bases and scored both Royal runs and Bryce Niemeyer picked up a free pass for the Royals.


Sean Cutler took the loss on the mound, giving up five unearned runs on six hits with five strikeouts and three walks in five innings. Shawn Gilbert allowed three runs — two earned — on one hit and two walks with one strikeout in two innings of work.


Skyler Staker was 2-for-3 with three RBIs and Tate Payne singled, walked and scored three times for North Tama. Hale Hulme was the winning Redhawk pitcher as he went 6 ⅔ innings and surrendered two unearned runs with seven strikeouts and three walks.


ZEARING — The Colo-NESCO baseball team couldn’t get everything together in a home tournament versus Pleasantville and Ankeny Christian Academy Saturday in Zearing.


The Royals dropped both games. They were overpowered by Pleasantville, 22-6 in five innings, but put up a better fight against ACA before coming up short, 6-3.


Colo-NESCO did get some positive news during the day. Senior Matthew Hill became the school’s all-time leader in hits, surpassing J.T. Adams by reaching 102 for his career in the loss to Pleasantville.


The Royals totaled nine hits in the loss to Pleasantville. They scored twice in the first inning, three times in the second and once in the third, but surrendered six runs in two separate innings and five runs in another — giving up 16 walks in the process.


Hill was 1-for-3 with a run and two RBIs; Kelly Gray went 2-for-2 with a walk, steal, run and RBI; Brighton Clatt finished 2-for-3 with a double; Philip Bower doubled, walked and scored twice and Jacob Clatt ended up 1-for-2 with two RBIs. Sean Cutler and Mason Lytle both singled and walked for the Royals.


Hill was the losing pitcher after giving up eight runs — five earned — on four hits and four walks with two strikeouts.


Colton Major did major damage for Pleasantville at the plate, going 3-for-4 with two doubles, a home run and nine RBIs. Caleb Adreon was the winning Trojan pitcher, allowing one run on three hits and a walk with a strikeout in two innings.


Colo-NESCO was hurt by a slow start in the loss to ACA. The Royals fell behind 4-0 after three innings and could only make up three runs over the final four frames.


Brighton Clatt threw a solid game in defeat against ACA. He gave up five earned runs on eight hits with three strikeouts and one walk, going all seven innings.


Hill was 2-for-3 with a run and walk, Brighton doubled and scored, Bryce Niemeyer went 1-for-3 with an RBI, Sean Cutler singled, Ryan Banks walked, stole a base and drove in a run and Bower walked, stole a base and scored.


Jayce Goergen threw three scoreless innings without giving up a hit and striking out six with four walks as the winning ACA pitcher. Goergen was also 3-for-3 with a double, four steals, three runs and two RBIs for the Eagles on offense.


ZEARING — Colo-NESCO had trouble slowing down Tripoli in an 11-5 loss to the Panthers Friday at Zearing.


The Royals only trailed 1-0 after three innings. Tripoli upped its lead to three runs after the fourth inning, then put up five runs in the top of the fifth.


Colo-NESCO answered with four runs of its own in the bottom of the fifth. But the Royals went silent the rest of the way, allowing the Panthers to pull away.


Sean Cutler was 1-for-3 with a run and two RBIs; Ryan Banks doubled and drove in a run; Kelly Gray singled, walked and scored and Mason Lytle doubled for Colo-NESCO. Matthew Hill walked twice and scored, Philip Bower walked and scored, Jacob Clatt crossed the plate once and Garrett Packer drew a free pass.


Bryce Niemeyer gave up eight runs — four earned — on nine hits in 5 ⅔ innings as the losing Royal pitcher. He struck out five batters and walked four.


Shawn Gilbert surrendered three runs — one earned — on three hits with two strikeouts in one inning and Sean Cutler tossed a scoreless third of an inning for Colo-NESCO.


Zach Hereid allowed three earned runs with four strikeouts and five walks in five innings as the winning Tripoli pitcher. Marshall Oberbroeckling led the Panthers at the plate by going 3-for-4 with two doubles, a run and four RBIs.