GRUNDY CENTER - This time Colo-NESCO gave a much better effort against Grundy Center, but it wasn’t enough to advance the Royals in Class 1A district play Saturday.


Colo-NESCO suffered a 3-0 loss to Grundy Center in the district quarterfinals four days after a 13-3 loss to the Wolverines. Outstanding pitching from Brighton Clatt and a quality defensive effort kept the Royals in the game Saturday, but they could only come up with one hit offensively.


All three Grundy Center runs were unearned. The Wolverines scored twice in the fourth inning and once in the fifth.


Clatt gave up six hits. He struck out two and didn’t issue a single walk in seven innings.


Colo-NESCO’s only hit came courtesy of a single by Jack McKinney.


Grundy Center 3, Colo-NESCO 0


CN 000 000 0 - 0 1 NA


GC 000 210 X - 3 6 NA


CN: Brighton Clatt and Kaleb Gray.


LP: Clatt.


GRUNDY CENTER - Colo-NESCO was hit hard by a shaky first inning in a 13-3 loss to Grundy Center in five innings July 9.


The Royals gave up seven runs in the first inning. They never had an answer, finishing the game without a hit and falling to 11-11.


Despite not getting a hit, Colo-NESCO put up two runs in the first inning and one in the third. Jack McKinney walked twice and scored; Spencer Hansen walked, stole a base and scored and Kelly Gray stole a base and crossed the plate once.


Brighton Clatt and Kaleb Ruffcorn each walked once for Colo-NESCO.


Shawn Gilbert allowed seven runs — just two earned — with one strikeout and walk apiece in ⅓ of an inning as the losing pitcher. Gray gave up six runs — three earned — on six hits with one strikeout and three walks in four innings and Trevor Burg walked three batters.


Grundy Center 13, Colo-NESCO 3 (5)


CN 201 00 - 3 0 NA


GC 701 23 - 13 6 NA


CN: Shawn Gilbert, Kelly Gray (1), Trevor Burg (5) and Kaleb Gray.


LP: Gilbert.


ZEARING - Colo-NESCO didn’t find any offensive success until it was too late in a 7-2 loss to AGWSR July 8.


The Royals didn’t score until the bottom of the seventh inning. They finished with just two hits, falling to 11-10 on the season.


Jack McKinney singled and scored and Kelly Gray singled to account for the only Royal hits. Devin Reed scored the team’s other run and Brighton Clatt, Spencer Hansen, Trevor Burg and Kaleb Ruffcorn each drew a walk.


Clatt was the losing pitcher after giving up seven runs — three earned — on six hits with three strikeouts and walks apiece in 3 ⅔ innings. Hansen threw 3 ⅓ scoreless and hitless innings with six strikeouts and three walks.


Luke Starr surrendered one earned run on two hits with an impressive 14 strikeouts against four walks in 6 ⅔ innings as the winning pitcher. Jaden Penning was 3-for-4 with two doubles and one run and RBI apiece; Brody Roder doubled and drove in two runs and Josh Bartling hit a solo home run for the Cougars.


AGWSR 7, Colo-NESCO 2


AGWSR 130 300 0 - 7 6 NA


CN 000 000 2 - 2 2 NA


AGWSR: Luke Starr, Ben Macy (7) and Brody Roder.


CN: Brighton Clatt, Spencer Hansen (4) and Kaleb Gray.


WP: Starr.


LP: Clatt.


2B: AGWSR - Jaden Penning 2, Macy, Roder.


HR: AGWSR - Josh Bartling.