C-N baseball team moves to the top of the ISC South Division standings: Royals blast Baxter Monday

Joe Randleman
Ames Tribune
Spencer Hansen

The Colo-NESCO baseball team moved to the head of the Iowa Star Conference South Division Monday with a 15-6 victory over Baxter at Zearing. 

The Royals scored nine runs in the first inning and never looked back in pushing their record to 4-3 overall and 4-2 in the ISC South Division. 

Ben Rouse was 2-for-2 with three walks, four runs and two RBIs and Trevor Burg and Kaleb Gray each knocked in two runs for Colo-NESCO. Andrew Grover finished 2-for-5 with a triple, two runs and an RBI and Spencer Hansen doubled, scored twice and knocked in a run. 

Hansen got the win after surrendering three earned runs on five hits and three walks with four strikeouts in four innings. Alex Rouse gave up two unearned runs on two hits and walks apiece with one strikeout in 2 2/3 innings and Ben Rouse threw 1/3 of a scoreless inning. 

Colo-NESCO dropped a high-scoring 13-12 battle with GMG Friday at Greene Mountain. The Royals gave up three runs in the bottom of the seventh after a seven-run third inning had given them a 12-10 lead. 

Ben Rouse

Ben Rouse, Hansen, Gray, Burg, Ephram Muntz and Kenny Cutler each had two hits for Colo-NESCO in the loss. Cutler, Rouse and Burg also drove in two runs apiece. 

Cutler had a triple and Burg a double during the game. Grover was 1-for-3 with two runs and one RBI. 

Alex Rouse surrendered five earned runs on six hits with one strikeout in five innings as the losing pitcher. Ben Rouse allowed three earned runs on four hits and a walk in 1 2/3 innings and Clay Gilmore tossed 1/3 of an inning. 

The Royals won a 1-0 pitcher’s duel with North Tama June 2 at Traer. Hansen went the distance and fired a three-hitter with 12 strikeouts and two walks as the winning pitcher. 

Colo-NESCO scored the game’s only run in the fourth inning. Ben Rouse singled and scored off an RBI from Gray and Hansen had the only other Royal hit. 

The Royals were dealt a 12-1 non-conference loss by AGWR June 1 at Zearing. 

Gilmore gave up four earned runs on five hits and two walks with four strikeouts in two innings as the losing pitcher and Gray allowed two earned runs on two hits and three walks with four strikeouts in two innings. 

Grover surrendered one run on one hit and two walks with two strikeouts in 1 2/3 innings and Alex Rouse gave up two unearned runs on two hits with two strikeouts in 1 1/3 innings.