ZEARING - Good pitching wasn’t enough for the Colo-NESCO baseball team in a 4-1 loss to Janesville Friday at Janesville.


Sean Cutler, Bryce Niemeyer and Brighton Clatt combined to hold Janesville to just three hits. But the Royals were also held to three hits and Janesville was much more opportunistic with its scoring chances.


Janesville scored once in the first inning, then took charge in the third with a three-run outburst. Niemeyer and Clatt shut out the Wildcats the rest of the way, but Colo-NESCO didn’t provide any offensive support until putting up a run in the seventh, falling to 7-9 overall and 5-6 in the Iowa Star Conference.


Cutler took the loss after giving up four runs — just two earned — on only one hit with five walks and two strikeouts in two innings. Niemeyer struck out four and surrendered two hits and walks apiece in 3 ⅓ scoreless innings and Clatt didn’t give up a run or a hit and struck out two in 1 ⅔ innings.


At the plate, Niemeyer went 1-for-3 with an RBI; Mason Lytle walked, stole a base and scored; Kelly Gray finished 1-for-2 with two walks and a steal; Matthew Hill singled and Ryan Banks walked and stole a base.


Dawson Charley threw 5 ⅔ scoreless innings, giving up two hits and walks apiece and striking out 10 to get the win for Janesville. Christian Mauer and Blake Destival each drove in two runs for the Wildcats.


Janesville 4, Colo-NESCO 1


J 103 000 0 - 4 3 NA


CN 000 000 1 - 1 3 NA


J: Dawson Charley, Ben McGrath (6) and Joey Carlson.


CN: Sean Cutler, Bryce Niemeyer (3), Brighton Clatt (6) and Garrett Packer.


WP: Charley.


LP: Cutler.


2B: J - Bryce Destival.


CLARKSVILLE - A late rally helped Colo-NESCO pull away from Clarksville for a 13-7 victory June 18 at Clarksville.


The Royals broke a 6-6 tie with three runs in the top of the sixth. They added four more runs in the seventh, and only gave up one run over the final three innings to earn their fifth Iowa Star Conference victory.


Sean Cutler went 4-for-5 with a run and a steal; Matthew Hill was 3-for-5 with a double, three runs and two RBIs and Brighton Clatt finished 2-for-3 with a walk, two steals and four RBIs to pace the Royals’ 14-hit attack on offense. Jacob Clatt and Mason Lytle were both 2-for-4 with two runs and Lytle also walked and drove in a run and Ryan Banks wound up 1-for-4 with two runs, two steals, a walk and an RBI.


Philip Bower walked and drove in two runs; Garrett Packer walked three times, stole a base and knocked in a run; Jack McKinney picked up two runs and steals apiece and Luke Hill stole a base for Colo-NESCO.


Cutler allowed one run on two hits and four walks with two strikeouts in 2 ⅔ innings of relief as the winning Royal pitcher. Niemeyer started and surrendered six runs — three earned — on four hits and five walks with three strikeouts in 3 ⅓ innings and Shawn Gilbert struck out one and gave up three hits and a walk in one scoreless inning.


Ethan Schmidt gave up nine runs — five earned — with three walks and two strikeouts in 5 ⅓ innings as the losing Clarksville pitcher. Dawson Holub was 2-for-3 with a double and three RBIs for the Indians with the bat.


Colo-NESCO 13, Clarksville 7


CN 303 003 4 - 13 14 NA


C 102 300 1 - 7 9 NA


CN: Bryce Niemeyer, Shawn Gilbert (4), Sean Cutler (5) and Garrett Packer.


WP: Cutler.


2B: Matthew Hill.