By Jonathan Krueger
MCCALLSBURG – A six-run fourth inning by Dunkerton was too much for Colo-Nesco to overcome in their 7-1 loss to the Raiders July 2 on senior night in McCallsburg.
The Royals had seven hits in the loss. But they committed three errors; two of which occurred in the fourth inning.
"Defensively we didn’t play to well," Colo-Nesco head coach Stan Oppedal said. "If we made our plays, it would’ve been a tight ball game."
Seniors Kylie Sarver and Madison Farren played their final home regular season game (Colo-Nesco hosts in regionals). Farren scored the Royals’ lone run in the fourth inning after hitting a double.
"I always try to do my best and leave it all on the field," Farren said, "That’s all that you can do in softball."
Eighth-grader Mackenna Ruffcorn pitched the full game. Outside of the fourth inning, Ruffcorn gave up four hits and only allowed one run in the second inning.
"I thought Ruffcorn did a real nice job," Oppedal said, "She’s done very well as an eighth-grader."
Nearly half of Colo-Nesco’s team is eighth- and ninth-graders.
"We have a lot of young players out there and they’re working hard and learning a lot," Sarver said.
The Royals play away at North Tama before the beginning of regionals.
"We can play better. I know we’ve played better before," Sarver said, "Hopefully we start getting it together for tournament time."
"I feel like we have all the pieces to do well; we just need to put them all together," Farren added.
Sarver plans to attend Northwestern College, where she will play softball. Farren plans to attend Grand View College, where she will play basketball. Madison’s sister, McKenna, is also graduating, but has not played due to injury.
"Obviously it’s a bummer to lose on senior night," Farren said, "I don’t think that we played our best."
The seniors will get another chance to get a win at home on Monday against Southeast Webster-Grand in the first round of the playoffs.
"They need to know how much they are appreciated, these awesome seniors," Oppedal said, "They are tremendous leaders, outstanding people and I couldn’t ask for anybody else. I’ll remember them that way."
The loss put Colo-Nesco at 6-13 overall and 5-4 in the Iowa Star Conference.
Dunkerton 7, Colo-Nesco 1
D 010 600 0 – 7 7 NA
CN 000 100 0 – 1 7 NA
D: Aubrey Duncan and Jordyn Nagel
CN: Mackenna Ruffcorn and Kylie Sarver
2B: CN- Madison Farren. D – McKenna Boeschen.
3B: D- Shauna Mills.