The Albion Cornerstone Legion Seniors improved to 4-0 with a pair of victories before suffering their first loss of the season at Aurora Sunday.
Albion traveled to Norfolk May 30 and soundly defeated the hosts 12-2 in five innings behind a stellar pitching performance by Pierce Koch.
Koch gave up only a pair of unearned runs – one in the first inning, another in the fourth – and allowed just six hits, all singles. He worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the third and stranded a pair of runners in both the fourth and fifth while striking out five batters.
Koch and his Cornerstone teammates used a big third inning at the plate to key the victory. Leading 2-1, Albion plated seven in that third frame to take control. Albion took advantage of four walks, a batter hit-by-pitch and a Norfolk error as Logan Olson, Tyler Hedlund, Cole Luettel, Alex Pelster, Brett Temme, Derek Gentrup and Koch all scored.
Cornerstone followed up with a 10-3 win at Central City the following night. A strong third inning again propelled Albion, as the Seniors broke a 2-2 tie with five runs.
Gentrup’s single drove in Olson and Hedlund in the top of the first, but Central City tallied single runs in the first and second to knot the score. Albion then sent nine batters to the plate in the top of the third to take the lead for good. Olson led off with a base hit before Hedlund, Gentrup, Pelster and Luettel drew walks. Temme capped the inning with a two-run single.
Albion wrapped up the win with three runs in the seventh. Justin Rasmussen doubled, Luettel reached with a single and Temme followed with a three-run home run blast.
Host Aurora stopped Albion Cornerstone’s win streak Sunday with a 6-5 victory on the strength of four late runs.
Albion had a great start, taking a 4-0 lead in the top of the second. Temme and Luettel led off with consecutive walks and Bode was hit by a pitch. Koch forced in a run with another walk and Luettel scored on a passed ball. After a pair of strikeouts and a walk to Hedlund, Gentrup delivered a big two-run single.
Aurora used three singles and a passed ball to cut the lead in half in the third, then tied the score in the fifth with an RBI double by Blake Williams and an Albion error.
The hosts used that momentum to take a 6-4 lead in the sixth as Cornerstone committed two more costly miscues. Albion fought back in the seventh as Koziol singled and scored on a Hedlund double to trim the deficit to one. Gentrup walked, giving Cornerstone runners at first and second with just one out, but Aurora got a pop fly and strikeout to kill the rally.
The Albion Cornerstone Legion Juniors came oh-so-close to notching back-to-back victories, but fell to 1-4 with a tough one-run loss at Aurora Sunday. Albion had gained its first win of the season at Central City Friday.
Albion was on the road May 30 at Norfolk and dropped a 13-3 decision to the hosts in six innings.
Norfolk jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first inning and built a 9-1 advantage through three.
Cornerstone got on the scoreboard in the second when Keaton Henry singled and scored on Kyle Kramer’s base hit. The Albion Juniors plated their other two runs in the fifth. Zac Glidden doubled home Jackson Meyer, who had walked, stole third and went home on Colton Pelster’s sacrifice.
Cornerstone turned the tables Friday, defeating host Central City 10-1 for its initial win of the 2013 season behind strong mound performances by Henry and Kramer.
Henry was the winner, hurling five innings and allowing just a single run while striking out six. Kramer was dominant in relief, fanning four in the final two frames, including striking out the side in the seventh.
Albion got all the runs it would need by the second inning. Leading 1-0, the Cornerstone Juniors plated three in that second frame as Kramer cracked a double. Albion boosted the lead to 7-1 in the third, scoring three more times as Central City committed a pair of errors and Jackson Meyer delivered an RBI base hit.
One big inning by host Aurora and a rally attempt that fell just short equaled a heartbreaking 6-5 loss for the Cornerstone Juniors Sunday.
Albion grabbed the early lead, scoring twice in the top of the third. Pelster drove in Scott Ketteler, who had singled, and scored after a base hit by Kennedy and an Aurora error.
The hosts wiped out that advantage with a five-run fourth, taking advantage of six walks in the frame. Albion battled back in the see-saw affair, tieing the score in the sixth. Zoucha blasted a two-run triple to key the inning and scored the tieing run.
Cornerstone put runners on first and second with one out in the top of the seventh, but failed to score. Aurora’s Grant Neidfelt led off the bottom of the inning with a walk and, two batters later, scored the winning run on Dawson Carter’s base hit.
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