Another week, another winning streak.
Tyler Hedlund’s no-hit gem in a 13-0 victory over Neligh started a three-game victory run by the Albion Cornerstone Legion Seniors to close the month of June.
Albion’s victories in an 11-6 season have come in bunches of four, four and three. Cornerstone failed to match its two previous four-game streaks Sunday, losing a tough-luck 1-0 decision at Sutton.
Albion Cornerstone’s success to date has been founded on strong mound performances – none better than Hedlund’s effort June 23 at Leon Nelson Memorial Field at the Albion Sports Complex.
Hedlund twirled five innings of no-hit ball, allowing just three baserunners, all by way of walks. He offset those with seven strikeouts, fanning the side in the top of the fifth to finish the dominant 13-0 victory.
Albion Cornerstone combined another stellar mound effort and took advantage of 10 bases on balls in a 14-4 victory over O’Neill June 26 in Albion.
Calvin Koziol went six innings for the win, allowing four runs – three earned – on seven hits.
O’Neill mounted its only real threat in the fourth, stringing together three singles and a three-run double by Luke Loecker before Koziol closed the door by coaxing a groundout to first and a flyball to center field.
By that point, Albion already held an 8-1 lead and answered O’Neill’s challenge with four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Derek Gentrup had an RBI double and scored himself on an O’Neill balk.
Cornerstone continued to roll June 28 with a 9-2 win over David City at Leon Nelson Memorial Field. Albion used its formula for the week, matching a strong pitching performance by Brett Temme with a nine-hit attack.
The local Seniors took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the first – Gentrup doubling home Olson and Hedlund, who had walked – and never trailed again. Temme singled and scored on a double by Bode in the second and Albion got two more in the fourth with Olson delivering an RBI single and Koch drawing a bases-loaded walk.
Cornerstone went ahead 7-1 in the fifth as Temme stroked a run-scoring double and Bode an RBI single. After O’Neill tallied its second run in the top of the sixth, Albion answered in the bottom of the frame, Gentrup and Justin Rasmussen driving in runs.
Pierce Koch, who fired a one-hit victory earlier this season, was splendid again Sunday. Unfortunately, opposing hurler Harrison Biehl was a tiny bit better in a 1-0 decision at Sutton.
Koch gave up just four hits to the hosts – two back-to-back producing the game’s only run in the fourth inning. Sutton’s Tyler Keenan singled with one out and Max Olson followed with an RBI double.
Koch did not allow any further runners past first base until the bottom of the sixth when Lance Spongberg reached on an error, took second on a balk and advanced to third on a sacrifice. Koch squelched the threat by striking out Olson and Derek Bailey.
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