COLLINS - The Collins-Maxwell baseball team held its own against Colo-NESCO May 30 in Collins, but the Spartans were doomed by untimely miscues in an 11-6 loss to the Royals.
Both teams finished the game with nine hits. But Collins-Maxwell had four errors and several ill-timed wild pitches or passed balls, leading to five Colo-NESCO runs that turned out to be the difference in the game.
The fifth inning was the turning point.
Collins-Maxwell had rallied from a 5-0 deficit to pull within 6-6 going into the fifth. But the Royals plated four runs in the top of the inning.
Jack McKinney and Kaleb Ruffcorn had RBI singles, Shawn Gilbert knocked in a run on a Spartan error and Spencer Hansen drew a bases-loaded walk for Colo-NESCO in the fifth. Gray also singled in the inning and Brighton Clatt and Trevor Burg each drew a walk.
“We’ve just got to understand when you get back into the game how important it is to get that first out when you come out on defense the next inning,” Collins-Maxwell head baseball coach Steve Lewis said. “That’s a baby-step learning process. We’re going to keep working at it and see what happens.”
Clatt slammed the door on Collins-Maxwell by throwing three scoreless innings to close out the game. He struck out six batters and only gave up one walk.
Gray allowed six runs on nine hits with three strikeouts and one walk in four innings as the starting Royal pitcher. The win put Colo-NESCO at 2-1 on the season.
Collins-Maxwell fell to 0-3 at the start of its inaugural season as a program. But the Spartans were much more competitive than the night before when they suffered a 27-0 loss to a powerhouse Don Bosco team.
“From last night to tonight it was a totally different team,” Lewis said. “We’ve just got to keep playing. ”We’re going to keep working at it and we’ll see what happens.”
Luke Huntrods, Caleb Dvorak and Brayden Bartleson each had two hits and an RBI for Collins-Maxwell in the loss. Jace Huntrods was the losing pitcher after surrendering five runs on four hits with five strikeouts and walks apiece in three innings of relief and Wes Kahler gave up six runs on five hits and four walks with four strikeouts in four innings as the Spartan starter.
Colo-NESCO 11, Collins-Maxwell 6
CN 041 140 1 - 11 9 2
CM 004 200 0 - 6 9 4
CN: Kelly Gray, Brighton Clatt (5) and Kaleb Gray.
CM: Wes Kahler, Jace Huntrods (5) and Luke Huntrods.
LP: J. Huntrods.
2B: CM - Kahler.
GILBERTVILLE - Collins-Maxwell was overwhelmed from the start in a 27-0 loss to Class 1A powerhouse Don Bosco May 29 at Gilbertville.
The Spartans gave up 17 runs in the first inning to the No. 4 Dons. Collins-Maxwell had no answers offensively, going without a hit and falling to 0-2.
Blake Huntrods took the loss after giving up seven runs and walked five batters as the starting Collins-Maxwell pitcher. Caleb Dvorak waked two and struck out one in 2 ⅓ innings and Owen Clark allowed three runs with five walks and a strikeout in ⅔ of an inning.
Brayden Bartleson and Caden Hasbrouck each drew a walk for Collins-Maxwell at the plate.
Cael Frost doubled twice and drove in four runs for Don Bosco. Carson Tenold was the winning Don pitcher after striking out three and walking one batter in two hitless innings to start the game.
Don Bosco 27, Collins-Maxwell 0
CM 000 0 - 0 0 NA
DB (17)64 X - 27 12 NA
CM: Blake Huntrods, Caleb Dvorak (1), Owen Clark (3) and Luke Huntrods.
LP: B. Huntrods.