The Verona Wildcats suffered a pair of run-rule shortened games at home over the past week, including a 10-0 shutout against Hurley on Tuesday.

Prior to the shutout, the Wildcats managed to score a few runs late against College Heights Christian last Thursday.

The visitors scored three times in each of the first two innings to take a 6-0 lead against Fred Lundien's team and added nine more in the top of the fourth to make it 15-0.

As the Wildcat offense struggled to put runners on the bases, aside from two Kolton Pinkly doubles, College Heights poured on the runs to eventually lead 20-0 after the top of the fifth.

Verona put up some consolation runs in the bottom of the inning, as Riley Carey led off by getting hit by a pitch and scored on a triple by Corbin Duley. Duley then scored on a single by Dillin Shrum. A double by Caleb Hillhouse advanced Shrum to third, and Pinkly eventually drove in the final run with a single.

The late offense was encouraging but not enough to extend the game, and the Wildcats fell 20-3 in the non-conference matchup.

Shrum took the loss after throwing three and a third, giving up eight runs on 11 hits while striking out two.

Verona's struggles at the plate continued on Tuesday, as the Wildcats recorded just two hits in a 10-0 loss to Hurley.

The Tigers put up four straight runs in the top of the first and another in the second against Hillhouse. Shrum came in to finish off the second, but not before giving up another run to the visitors. Hurley would score two more runs in the fourth after a leadoff double, making it 8-0.

With Pinkly on the mound for the fifth, the Tigers added two more runs, and the Wildcats were down to their final three outs with the run rule looming.

Carey came close to scoring and extending the game for the Wildcats after getting hit by a pitch and advancing on passed balls, but he was eventually caught in a rundown between third and home.

Verona loaded the bases on three straight two-out walks, but a strikeout ended the game early for the Wildcats.

Duley and Hillhouse recorded the home team's two hits on the day, while four batters reached on walks and three via the hit by pitch.

Verona (2-5) will look to get back in the win column on Friday with a road game at Galena or on Monday at Exeter. The Wildcats will be at home again next Thursday against Bradleyville.