After dropping a heartbreaker to Central City May 26, Albion’s Cornerstone Legion Baseball Juniors defeated Battle Creek Monday for their initial victory of the 2011 season.
Cornerstone (1-3) jumped out to an early lead over Central City at the Albion Sports Complex diamond, but failed to score after the third inning and dropped a 5-4 decision in one extra frame of play.
Pierce Koch and Calvin Koziol reached by walk and error to open the bottom of the first and both came home on Tyler Hedlund’s double to right-center field. Hedlund scored on a passed ball to give Albion a 3-0 advantage.
Central City answered with a pair of runs in the second. Albion Cornerstone boosted the lead back to 4-2 in the third when Bryce Paulson singled Hedlund home.
As Albion’s offense went quiet, Central City closed the gap with a sixth-inning run and knotted the score with another in the seventh. The visitors then used three Cornerstone errors to push across the go-ahead run in the eighth.
Albion got a lead-off single by Cole Luettel in the bottom of the eighth, but he was left stranded at second base after advancing on a passed ball. Cornerstone had just two baserunners after the third inning, neither advancing past second base.
Albion starter Derek Gentrup allowed two runs over four innings. Koziol took the loss in relief, giving up three runs, just one earned. Hedlund, Paulson, Luettel and Logan Olson had Cornerstone’s only base hits.
The local Juniors bounced back to defeat Battle Creek 8-2 in a storm-shortened contest in Albion Monday.
Cornerstone again got off to a quick start, scoring all the runs they would need in the opening frame.
Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the first, Albion loaded the bases with a pair of walks and a batter hit-by-pitch. Following a fielder’s choice forceout at home, Olson walked to tie the score and Skyler Weber followed with a base hit to give Cornerstone a 2-1 lead. Jacob Jarecki’s walk forced home another run and Sam Groenke smacked an RBI single. Three more walks in the inning gave Albion a 6-1 advantage.
Battle Creek scored its only other run of the contest in the second without a base hit. The score remained 6-2 until Cornerstone plated a pair in the bottom of the fifth.
Jarecki led off Albion’s half of the inning with a walk and came home on a two-out double by Luettel. Luettel scored after consecutive walks by Koziol, Chris Bode and Brett Temme.
Following a scoreless sixth, the game was called when a thunderstorm hit the Albion area.
Temme picked up the victory, allowing two runs. Hedlund finished up the final two innings. Cornerstone had just four hits in the contest, but took advantage of 17 walks by Battle Creek pitchers.