The Cornerstone Legion Baseball Juniors continued to build momentum for the upcoming district tournament this past week.
Cornerstone, coming off a championship run in the Central City Tournament, swept its final four regular-season games and heads into Class B Area 5 play with a sterling 21-5 record.
Cornerstone 19, York Gold 5
Cornerstone 10, York Blue 6
Apparently anticipating the 4th of July holiday, the Cornerstone Juniors delivered a ‘bang’ at York Tuesday, July 3, exploding for 29 runs to sweep a doubleheader from the host teams.
Cornerstone blasted York Gold 19-5, building a 11-0 lead in the first two innings. After Calvin Koziol and Travis Kennedy each singled and scored in the first, the Albion Juniors plated nine runs in inning two. Koziol (triple), Kennedy, Derek Gentrup (double) and Zac Glidden delivered consecutive RBI base hits to get the inning rolling and Garrett Temme later cracked a two-run single.
Cornerstone wrapped up a successful day with a 10-6 decision over York Blue.
Albion opened with four in the first. Koziol and Pierce Koch singled and Kennedy followed with a double. Derek Gentrup delivered a fourth straight base hit and Wyatt Mazour drove home a run with a double. Justin Rasmussen finished the burst with another RBI double.
Cornerstone 13, St. Paul
After a big day with the bat at York, Kennedy delivered with his arm Friday, blanking visiting St. Paul in a five-inning 13-0 victory at the Albion Sports Complex Legion Field. Although walking eight, Kennedy allowed just a single hit and struck out seven. He received plenty of run support, as Albion hitters continued to produce.
Cornerstone 1, PWGS 0
After battering teams with their bats, the Cornerstone Legion Juniors showed Sunday they can win the tight pitching duels, as well.
Behind Pierce Koch’s stellar mound performance, Cornerstone kept its winning streak intact with a 1-0 victory over PWGS (Palmer-Wolbach-Greeley-Spalding) at Greeley.
Albion got on the scoreboard in the top of the second, Wyatt Mazour drawing a one-out walk and coming home on Alex Pelster’s base hit. Koch made the lone run stand up, with fine defensive help behind him. He limited PWGS to just four singles, walked three and struck out five.
Cornerstone 8, Columbus 4
Albion Cornerstone concluded the regular season with a 8-4 victory Monday in Albion.
The local Juniors built an 8-1 lead, then survived a sixth-inning rally by the visiting Columbus Reds.
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