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Albion #1 Ponies Battle In League Tourney

Albion #1 posted a 2-2 record in the 2011 Quad County Pony League Tournament, knocking off the top seed before losing a rematch.
Albion #1 opened the tournament at Neligh with an impressive 9-0 skunking of Tilden. Albion scored all the runs it would need in the first as Keaton Henry doubled home Kyle Kramer, who had singled, and later scored himself for a 2-0 lead.
Albion’s offense didn’t stop there, however. Albion added runs by Isaac Sullivan, Seth Schumacher, Jared Zwiener and Henry in the second and finished off the win in the fourth with Henry’s two-run triple and an RBI single by Blake Olnes.
Blaine Kennedy pitched two innings to get the victory and Kramer finished the final four frames.
Albion #1 engaged in a fierce battle with #2 seed Battle Creek in the following round and scored an exciting 9-5 win.
Albion again started quickly with runs by Kramer and Zwiener in the first, then boosted its advantage to 8-0 in the top of the third. Henry blasted a home run to lead off the frame and Albion used Joel Meyer’s double, three walks and consecutive singles by Kramer, Zwiener and Henry to build its big lead.
Battle Creek fought back with two in the bottom of the third and three in the fourth, but Kramer, pitching in relief of Henry, shut the #2 seed down over the final 2 1/3 innings and Albion added an insurance run in the fifth when Zwiener singled home Schumacher.
Albion next matched up with Albion #2 in the semi-finals of the winners bracket, dropping a hard-fought 5-0 decision. (More details can be found in the Albion #2 article beginning on Page 9)
Battle Creek proved its seeding was not a fluke Sunday, rebounding to defeat Albion #1 11-1 in loser’s bracket play.
Albion tied the score at 1-1 in the second when Schumacher doubled and scored on a Kramer single, but Battle Creek edged back in front 2-1 in the third, then exploded for nine runs in the fourth against weary Albion pitchers.

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