After running its season-opening streak of victories to five with Wednesday and Thursday wins last week, the Albion Cornerstone Legion Baseball Seniors took it on the chin for the first time in 2014 Sunday night at Sutton.
In a rematch of the season’s second game, won 1-0 by Cornerstone in Albion, Sutton prevailed 3-2 in another taut contest by scoring twice in the game’s final at-bat.
Cornerstone was scheduled to return to action Tuesday night with a contest against St. Paul at Leon Nelson Memorial Field in Albion and travels to Seward Thursday to continue its summer campaign.
Albion 13, O’Neill 3
In the first of last week’s three straight road games, the Cornerstone Seniors scored early and often Wednesday, June 4, then ended a 13-3 victory over O’Neill with three final runs in the sixth inning.
Albion 9, TBS 7
The Albion Cornerstone Seniors used an opening flurry and a closing flourish to score their fifth straight victory, 9-7, over host TBS (Burwell) Thursday. It looked like it might be another runaway victory for Albion early, as Cornerstone chalked up a 5-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Cornerstone failed to add to its run total over the next five innings and the hosts tied the score in the third on back-to-back doubles, then edged in front 7-5 with single runs in the fourth and sixth innings.
With one final shot to keep its win streak alive, Albion came through with a big seventh. Meyer led off with a single, advanced on two passed balls and scored on a base hit by Rasmussen. Austin Zoucha drew a walk, both runners advanced on another passed ball, and Colton Pelster delivered an RBI single. After the next two Cornerstone batters struck out, Koch singled to provide an insurance run.
Sutton 3, Albion 2
After playing a 1-0 game earlier, Sunday’s contest between Cornerstone and Sutton figured to be a tight, low-scoring affair. It turned out just that way. Unfortunately for Albion, the hosts ended up with the extra run in this one.
The game was another fine pitching dual, this time matching Tyler Hedlund of Cornerstone and Sutton’s Reed Stone. Cornerstone led 2-1 until the bottom of the seventh, where Sutton managed one final surge. Alex Griess led off with a single and advanced on a groundout and passed ball. Garrett Stone tied the game with a base hit and went to third on a double by Sam Nuss. Stone went home with the game-winner when Jacob Griess reached on an Albion error.
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