Albion’s 18 & Under softball team has been presented new challenges by the state association this summer.
The Albion girls recently lived up to that challenge with a strong performance in a difficult tournament hosted by Columbus Fire & Ice June 15-16.
Since Albion placed fourth in the 2012 Class C state tournament, it is mandatory that they compete at the Class B level in this summer’s post-season. A new rule also requires Albion to compete in at least two tournaments during the season.
Thus, Albion competed in the Columbus Fire & Ice Tournament, considered a Class B event that also included Class A teams Wayne and St. Paul.
After losing its three pool games to St. Paul, Norfolk Golden Girls and Wayne Saturday, Albion was seeded fourth in its bracket of single-elimination play Sunday.
Albion highlighted its weekend by knocking off top seed Columbus Fire & Ice before losing to St. Paul on day two.
A strong St. Paul squad used a big first inning to spark an 11-0 four-inning victory over Albion in the opening of Saturday pool play.
Albion was much more competitive in its second pool game, but dropped a gutwrenching 5-4 decision to Norfolk Golden Girls in the bottom of the sixth and final inning.
Albion’s tough luck in pool play continued with a 6-1 loss to Class A Wayne.
Albion forgot all about Saturday’s frustrations after posting a thrilling 8-7 comeback victory over host Fire & Ice Sunday.
In a seesaw battle, Albion rallied for three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to post the upset.
That victory set up another game against St. Paul and, once again, Albion was unable to break through against tough St. Paul pitching in a 10-0 loss.
Albion continued its busy campaign with three more games this past week, splitting a doubleheader at O’Neill Tuesday and defeating Atkinson in Albion Thursday.
Albion edged a tough O’Neill squad 8-6 June 18. O’Neill scored a 7-2 victory in the other contest as Heiser shut down Albion’s attack.
Hits and runs were no problem Thursday as host Albion thumped Atkinson 17-2 in three innings at the sports complex.
Further details in Print & Online editions of Albion News