Albion’s 16 & under softball team certainly doesn’t shy away from difficult competition.
Albion took on a pair of 18-under opponents in recent action, dropping very competitive decisions.
The Norfolk Impact 18-unders scored a 11-6 victory over host Albion June 2. The Impact got off to a strong start and used a big third inning to secure the win.
Taking advantage of five walks in the first, Norfolk added three RBI singles to key a 6-0 start. Albion got two runs in the bottom of the frame as Terri Molt and Jordyn VanWormer singled and came home on Maddie Schiltmeyer’s groundout and a base hit by Maria Glidden.
The Impact boosted its advantage to 11-2 in the third, parlaying a walk, three hits and Albion’s only error into five runs. The hosts bounced back with runs by Molt, Schiltmeyer, Glidden and Kelsey Lee in the bottom of the inning. Shannon Stuhlmiller cracked an RBI double to drive in the final runs.
The Impact held on for the decision as both teams went scoreless in the fourth.
Albion came up just short in an 11-9 loss at Osmond June 7 in another contest featuring plenty of offense. Using an RBI triple by Stuhlmiller, Albion broke to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning and took a 3-2 edge in the top of the second as Molt walked and came around on a double by VanWormer.
Osmond grabbed a 7-3 lead in the bottom of the second as Albion starter Emily Anderson struggled with her control. The hosts scored five runs without a hit, taking advantage of five walks, four wild pitches and a pair of Albion errors.
Osmond added three in the third to hold a 10-4 advantage before the 16-unders rallied and threatened with a big fourth.
Stuhlmiller got Albion rolling, driving in Molt with a single. Glidden followed with a single, Lee walked and Miranda Ketteler’s double plated two more runs. Albion pulled within a run with singles by Becca Reicks and Abigail Ervin and had the bases loaded with two outs before Osmond closed the door with a final strikeout.
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