Albion #2 left no room for doubt as they whitewashed Creighton 11-0 Monday night to win the Quad County Pony League Tournament championship at Neligh.
The victory culminated an impressive 2011 summer campaign for the squad, which included a four-game run through the league tourney.
The title didn’t come easily, however, as Albion #2 won a 6-5 squeeker over Norfolk Lite/Rock 97.5 to open the tournament.
Albion fell behind 2-0 in the first inning, but Alex Hayes led off the second with a home run and Albion got runs by Wyatt Mazour, Jacob Atwood and Jackson Meyer to take a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the third. Norfolk edged back in front 4-3 in the top of the fourth and the #2 Ponies answered in the bottom of the frame. Mazour smacked a one-out triple, Atwood followed with an RBI single and Meyer drove in the winner with a base hit. Austin Zoucha, Michael Lipker and Mazour split mound duties, with Lipker getting the victory and Mazour a save.
Albion #2 ground out a tough 5-0 victory over Albion #1 in the following round. Although the final score indicated a skunking, it was a hard-earned win for the #2 Ponies. Albion #2 was able to break through against #1 pitcher Keaton Henry when Lipker singled and scored in the third. Hayes doubled in Atwood in the fourth and the #2 Ponies secured the victory with three final runs in the fifth. Lipker and Zoucha shared the pitching load.
Albion #2 met undefeated and top-seeded Creighton in the winner’s bracket final Sunday, scoring a 9-3 victory. Hayes got Albion started with a big bang, blasting a home run with Atwood on board for a 2-0 lead in the top of the first. Creighton came back with a three-run third, but Albion took the lead for good with runs by Andrew Rasmussen, Lipker, Ryan Pfeifer and Mazour in the fourth.
Albion #2 and Creighton squared off once again Monday for the tournament championship after Creighton defeated Battle Creek in the playback bracket final. Albion could hardly have been more impressive in winning the championship. Mazour twirled four strong innings to skunk the top seed, allowing just one hit and four baserunners. After a 1-2-3 first inning, the Albion offense broke loose for four runs in the second, fueled by base hits by Rasmussen, Evan Struebing and Mazour. Albion added seven more runs in a big fourth inning, Pfeifer (2), Mazour and Atwood all hitting doubles and Rasmussen tripling.
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