After defeating Ord Friday, July 8, the Cornerstone Legion Baseball Juniors concluded the 2011 regular season with a doubleheader sweep of York Sunday at the Albion Sports Complex.
Cornerstone will take a 13-10 record and the #3 seed into play at the Class B Area 5 American Legion Junior Baseball Tournament at Aurora, beginning Thursday.
The Cornerstone Juniors will open against #6 seed Pierce at 5 p.m. July 14. The winner will face #2 seed O’Neill Friday at 5 p.m., with the loser dropping to the playback bracket. In the opposite bracket, Aurora (#4) and Central City (#5) will play Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and the winner will meet #1 seed Wayne Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Cornerstone trailed for all of one-half inning Friday at Ord before breaking loose for a 10-3 victory over the hosts.
Down 3-1 after one inning, Albion batters Brett Temme, Bryce Paulson, Jacob Jarecki and Justin Rasmussen drew four consecutive walks to open the second. Calvin Koziol’s single and a fielder’s choice by Derek Gentrup pulled the Albion Juniors even and Cole Luettel’s two-run double produced a 5-3 lead.
That was all Koziol would need as he shut Ord down the rest of the way. Ord had runners at second and third in the bottom of the second before Koziol ended the threat with a strikeout, and from there the hosts failed to advance a runner past second base.
Cornerstone kept its hot streak alive with a pair of five-inning victories over visiting York Sunday.
The Albion Juniors took a 6-0 first-inning lead over the York Blues in the opener and Koch silenced the opposition bats for a two-hit shutout and 10-0 victory.
Olson and Koziol opened the bottom of the first with a single and double to spark the quick start and Luettel added an RBI single in the inning. Sam Groenke delivered a two-run single in the second as the hosts took a 9-0 lead.
Koch allowed just one single in the first inning and another in the fifth while striking out six.
Cornerstone had another dominant performance in the nightcap behind Temme’s strong mound work.
While Albion’s bats again produced double-digit scoring, Temme allowed the York Gold just a single run on three hits and fanned eight in an 11-1 win.
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