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X-treme Softball Continues ’09 Season

The Albion X-treme girls 16 & under softball team continued its 2009 season in late June, posting a 3-2 record in recent contests.
The X-treme dropped a pair of games at Pierce June 16.
Facing the Pierce 16 & under squad, the X-treme lost a hard-fought 4-1 decision. Albion got off to a quick start, taking a 1-0 first-inning lead when Savannah Baker led off with a triple and scored on Shanel Atwood’s sacrifice.
The X-treme was not able to add to that tally, however, and Pierce pushed across the tieing run in the fourth inning, then scored three in the bottom of the sixth to take the victory.
The Pierce 18 & under team nipped Albion 6-5 in the other contest. Marissa Koch singled home Maria Glidden to tie the game in the fifth and the X-treme took a 5-1 lead in the top of the sixth on runs by Lindsay Temme, Glidden, Gina Nelson and Paige Seier.
Pierce rallied to tie in the bottom of the frame, then strung together three base hits in the seventh to score the winner.
Albion got back on the winning track June 23 with a 7-3 victory at Battle Creek.
The X-treme took an early 2-0 lead with runs by Glidden and Brooke Michael in the second, each walking, stealing two bases and scoring on passed balls.
Albion got runs by McKenzie Mescher and Baker on passed balls in the third for a 4-1 lead and, after Battle Creek pulled within one, added single runs in the fifth (Brynn Nelson), sixth (Glidden) and seventh (Gina Nelson) innings to secure the decision.
The X-treme hosted Osmond June 25 and swept a doubleheader at the Albion Sports Complex.
Albion topped Osmond 9-4 in the 16 & under contest. After the visitors took a 2-0 first-inning edge, the X-treme scored four times in the second, keyed by Emily Carder’s two-run double. Albion added single runs in the third and fourth, then capped the win with runs by Sara Wells and Michael in the bottom of the fifth, Carder again delivering an RBI hit.
Albion dominated against the Osmond 18 & under squad, scoring a 14-4 victory. Baker set the tone with a three-run home run in the second inning and Albion broke a 4-all tie with a big six-run fourth.  Glidden and McKenzie Mescher had two-run hits to spark the X-treme explosion.