GILBERTVILLE – A big rally wasn’t enough to get the Colo-Nesco softball team past Don Bosco Monday as the Royals were dealt an 8-7 loss by the Dons in Gilbertville.

A poor first inning proved too much for Colo-Nesco to overcome. The Royals allowed seven runs in the inning after only scoring one in in their half of the first.

Don Bosco increased its lead to 8-1 with a run in the fourth. That run turned out to be crucial as Colo-Nesco got hot offensively in the sixth inning.

The Royals scored three times in the sixth and pitcher Mackenna Ruffcorn blanked Don Bosco in the bottom of the inning. Colo-Nesco came back with another three-run outburst in the top of the seventh, but the Royals couldn’t finish the deal, falling one painful run short.

Ruffcorn struck out four and walked six in six innings. She allowed seven earned runs on six hits to take the loss.

On offense Hannah Buseman, Madison Farren and Sam Riese each collected two hits for Colo-Nesco. Buseman tripled, walked, stole a base, scored twice and drove in a run; Farren scored one run and knocked in four and Riese hit a double.

Shayla Dean singled, stole two bases and scored once and Kylie Sarver was 1-for-4 with a double, steal and two runs. Kassie Robinson and Ruffcorn each drove in a run for the Royals, who fell to 6-11 overall and 4-2 in the Iowa Star Conference.

Morgan Frost struck out four and walked one, going the distance for Don Bosco on the mound to get the win. She also went 3-for-3 with a double, and two steals, runs and RBI apiece for the Dons at the plate.

Don Bosco 8, Colo-Nesco 7

C-N 100 003 3 – 7 8 NA

DB 700 100 X – 8 6 NA

C-N: Mackenna Ruffcorn and Kylie Sarver

DB: Morgan Frost and Olivia Schmit

WP: Frost

LP: Ruffcorn

2B: C-N – Sarver, Sam Riese; DB – Frost

3B: C-N – Hannah Buseman

ROLAND – Colo-Nesco came up short against two Heart of Iowa Conference teams at the Kiwanis Invitational Saturday as the Royals fell to Gilbert and Roland-Story in Roland.

Colo-Nesco was handed a 9-6 loss by Gilbert. The Royals gave up eight runs over the final three innings after leading 2-1 through four frames.

Madison Farren went 3-for-4 with two doubles, one run and steal apiece and three RBI for Colo-Nesco in the loss. Shayla Dean was 2-for-4 with a steal and two runs, Hannah Buseman went 1-for-4 with one run and RBI apiece, Mackenna Ruffcorn doubled and drove in a run, Kassie Robinson singled in a run and Kylie Sarver was 1-for-4 with a run.

Ruffcorn was the losing pitcher. She allowed eight earned runs on 12 hits with three walks and one strikeout in seven innings.

The Royals started strong against Roland-Story, but they couldn’t shake one off inning in a 4-2 loss to the Norse.

Colo-Nesco plated a run in the first inning and another in the third to take an early 2-0 lead. The Royals held that advantage until the fifth, when Roland-Story scored all four of its runs.

Colo-Nesco was unable to get anything on the board over the final two innings to take the loss.

The Royals only connected for two hits as a team. Farren walked and singled and Ruffcorn picked up a single.

Kylie Sarver walked, stole a base and scored and Shayla Dean swiped a base and crossed the plate once for Colo-Nesco. Ruffcorn was again the losing pitcher as she gave up four earned runs on nine hits with four strikeouts and three walks.

Gilbert 9, Colo-Nesco 6

G 100 042 2 – 9 12 NA

C-N 000 201 3 – 6 9 NA

C-N: Mackenna Ruffcorn and Kylie Sarver

LP: Ruffcorn

2B: Madison Farren 2, Ruffcorn

Roland-Story 4, Colo-Nesco 2

C-N 101 000 0 – 2 2 NA

R-S 000 040 X – 4 9 NA

C-N: Ruffcorn and Sarver

LP: Ruffcorn

MCCALLSBURG – A hot start helped Colo-Nesco cruise past North Tama by a 13-3 score in five innings for an Iowa Star Conference victory June 16 at McCallsburg.

Colo-Nesco scored five times in the first, then kicked it up a notch with seven runs in the third to build a 12-1 lead. North Tama put up two runs in the top of the fifth, but Colo-Nesco came back with a run in the bottom of the inning to end the game on account of the 10-run rule.

Hannah Buseman was a home run away from hitting for the cycle for Colo-Nesco. Buseman went 4-for-4 with a double, triple and two singles and she scored three times and knocked in three runs.

Madison Farren ended up 3-for-4 with two steals, one run and a pair of RBI for the Royals. Kassie Robinson, Mackenna Ruffcorn and Kylie Sarver each collected two hits and drove in one run apiece, and they combined to score four runs.

As a team Colo-Nesco compiled 15 hits. Peyton Hall and Chelsea Henze both had one hit, walk, run and RBI apiece and Sam Riese picked up a run and an RBI.

Ruffcorn earned the win on the mound. She allowed three earned runs on four hits with four strikeouts and two walks in five innings.

Madison Howard took the loss for North Tama as she gave up eight earned runs with three walks and two strikeouts in 2 1/3 innings. Tessa Dvorak surrendered three earned runs with three strikeouts and no walks in 2 2/3 innings for the Redhawks.

Colo-Nesco 13, North Tama 3

NT 010 02 – 3 4 NA

C-N 507 01 – 13 15 NA

NT: Madison Howard, Tessa Dvorak (3) and Samantha Zobel

C-N: Mackenna Ruffcorn and Kylie Sarver

WP: Ruffcorn

LP: Howard

2B: C-N – Hannah Buseman

3B: NT – Howard; C-N – Buseman

LE GRAND – Colo-Nesco split two games against larger schools at the Mustang Invitational in Le Grand June 14 as the Royals whipped South Tama and lost a close one to Marion.

Colo-Nesco defeated South Tama by an 11-1 score in six innings. The Royals jumped all over the Trojans early with four runs in the first, three in the second and two in the third to build an insurmountable lead.

Colo-Nesco finished with 10 hits. Madison Farren had a big game individually for the Royals as she went 3-for-4 with a double, home run, three runs and three RBI.

Mackenna Ruffcorn went 2-for-4 with a double, walk, steal, two runs and three RBI. Hannah Buseman singled, walked and scored twice; Shayla Dean was 1-for-5 with two runs, one steal and one RBI; Sam Riese doubled and walked; Kylie Sarver doubled, walked and scored twice and Kassie Robinson singled and drove in a run.

Ruffcorn was the winning pitcher. She allowed one earned run on five hits with no walks in six innings.

Colo-Nesco was handed a 7-5 loss by Marion. The Royals fell behind 5-1 and couldn’t make up enough ground, despite scoring four runs over the final three frames.

Marion added two runs in the top of the sixth that proved to be the difference. Alicia Steepleton earned the win for Marion as she struck out six and walked three in seven innings and Haley Vanourney was 2-for-4 with a run and three RBI for the Indians.

Ruffcorn took the loss as she allowed five earned runs on five hits with five walks and four strikeouts in seven innings. Colo-Nesco totaled seven hits on offense against Marion.

Robinson went 2-for-2 with a double, steal, run and RBI and Dean was 1-for-4 with two walks, three steals, two runs and an RBI for the Royals against Marion. Buseman finished 2-for-4 with an RBI; Ruffcorn was 1-for-4 with a run; Riese singled once; Farren picked up an RBI; Chelsea Henze scored, stole a base and drove in a run and Sarver walked and stole a base.

Colo-Nesco 11, South Tama 1 (6)

ST 100 000 – 1 5 NA

C-N 432 011 – 11 10 NA

ST: Julie Wise, Kallie Hala (3) and Dani Stubbs

C-N: Mackenna Ruffcorn and Kylie Sarver

WP: Ruffcorn

LP: Wise

2B: C-N – Ruffcorn, Sarver, Madison Farren, Sam Riese

HR: C-N – Farren

Marion 7, Colo-Nesco 5

M 101 032 0 – 7 5 NA

C-N 100 021 1 – 5 7 NA

M: Alicia Steepleton and Sam Runde

C-N: Ruffcorn and Sarver

WP: Steepleton

LP: Ruffcorn

2B: M – Madison Wilson; C-N – Kassie Robinson