The Albion Cornerstone Legion Baseball Juniors come into the 2012 season hoping to continue the momentum built by last summer’s state tournament appearance.
So far, so good.
The Cornerstone Juniors opened their new campaign last week by scoring victories at Neligh and St. Paul. Albion’s Seniors were rained out at Neligh, then dropped a 9-2 decision at St. Paul Friday.
Albion’s 2012 home opener was scheduled for Tuesday night and the local Legion squads are also slated to host SOS tonight (Wednesday) and PWG Sunday at the Albion Sports Complex.
Juniors 18, Neligh 9 The Cornerstone Juniors jumped out to a big early lead over host Neligh May 25 and, despite allowing nine third-inning runs, rolled to an 18-9 victory in the season opener. Calvin Koziol earned the win, fanning eight of 12 batters faced and allowing just one hit.
At the plate, Tyler Hedlund had a pair of doubles and drove in three runs. Albion totaled 13 hits, including five extra-base hits.
Juniors 13, St. Paul 0 The Cornerstone Juniors kept the hits and runs coming Friday and added stellar pitching in a 13-0, five-inning whitewash of host St. Paul.
Pierce Koch twirled four shutout innings to gain the victory for Albion, working out of a bases-loaded jam in the first and stranding two runners in both the third and fourth innings. Austin Zoucha wrapped things up with a 1-2-3 fifth.
With that performance on the mound, Albion scored more than enough runs in the first inning along.
Koziol, Koch and Hedlund opened the game reaching on three straight singles. Koziol eventually scored on a passed ball, Koch came home when Wyatt Mazour reached by error and Hedlund scored on Travis Kennedy’s single. Mazour also crossed the plate on a passed ball and Justin Rasmussen made it 5-0 with an RBI single.
St. Paul 9, Seniors 2 Fielding a Senior team for the first time in several years, Albion Cornerstone lost a 9-2 decision at St. Paul after having its season-opener at Neligh rained out. Cornerstone finished with five hits in the game – singles by Cole Luettel, Parker Struebing, Colton Mazour, Chris Bode and Logan Olson.
Brett Temme and Tyler Hedlund allowed just seven St. Paul hits, but walked five and hit three batters. Albion committed two errors in the contest.
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