SPORTS SHORTS: Royals rough up GMG in regionals
MC CALLSBURG — The Colo-NESCO softball team took advantage of being the visitors on its own diamond, scoring nine times in the top of the first inning en route to a 20-0, five-inning defeat of GMG in Monday’s Class 1A Region 3 opener.
The Royals (15-16) scored nine times in both the first and fifth innings to advance to face Lynnville-Sully in the regional quarterfinals Wednesday in Sully.
Colo-NESCO needed only nine hits to rack up 20 runs, benefitting from 16 walks issued by GMG pitching.
The Wolverines (5-20) got two hits against Mackenna Ruffcorn. Madi Krull singled in the first inning and McKenzie Vaske added a single in the fourth. Ruffcorn racked up seven strikeouts and walked two in the win.
Sponseller, Trojans shut out GMG, 7-0
GREEN MOUNTAIN — Chandler Sponseller tossed a four-hit shutout and the West Marshall baseball team won its second game of the day with Monday night’s 7-0 victory against GMG in non-conference play.
Sponseller struck out two and walked two, allowing just four singles in the seven-inning performance. The Trojans (26-5) defeated BCLUW earlier in the day in State Center before venturing to Green Mountain for what was supposed to be a doubleheader before lightning moved into the area.
Alex Dickey went 3-for-4 with three RBIs to lead West Marshall at the plate. Cameron Bannister was 2-for-4 with a run and three RBIs, and Sponseller helped his own cause going 2-for-3 with an RBI double. David Disney scored three runs after being walked four times, while Jake Tollefson and Ross Randall both contributed singles.
Darrin Anderson took the loss on the mound for GMG (10-13), going 6 1/3 innings. He allowed five runs on seven hits and four walks, striking out two, before Levi Duden got the last two outs.
GMG’s singles came from Brayden Peterson, Colton Gill, Matt Lolwing, Duden and Anderson.
The Wolverines host Janesville for an Iowa Star Conference doubleheader on Wednesday starting at 5 p.m., while West Marshall goes on the road to North Polk in a non-conference tilt. The Trojans close the regular season Thursday at Class 1A No. 7 Don Bosco.
Comets defeated in shortened game
NEVADA — The BCLUW baseball team suffered its second loss of the day with Monday night’s rain-shortened, 6-4 defeat at Nevada.
The Comets, who fell 13-8 to West Marshall earlier in the day in State Center, fought back to tie the game at 4-all with three runs in the top of the fifth inning. The host Cubs (12-9) scored twice in the bottom of the fifth before rain ruined the rest of the game.
Blake Mann pitched all 4 2/3 innings for BCLUW (13-11), allowing three earned runs on five hits and two walks, striking out three.
Brad Barkema doubled and hit a three-run homer for the Comets, while one of Logan Mann’s two singles drove in a run. Jack Garber added a double, while Ian Showers and Troy Dolphin both pitched in with singles.
The Comets close out the regular season by hosting Clarksville in a non-conference game Friday in Beaman.