Pressure? What pressure?
It’s becoming evident during the 2014 American Legion baseball season that the Cornerstone Legion Seniors aren’t at all bothered by playing in tight games. In fact, the Albion Seniors seem to thrive when the score is close and/or the chips are down.
Cornerstone added three more victories by narrow margins this past week and have now had eight of their 11 games decided by two runs or less. Seven of those eight have been Albion victories.
With a one-run decision over PWG, an extra-inning thriller over Wayne-Wakefield and Sunday’s two-run win at St. Paul, Cornerstone is now 9-2 in 2014.
The Albion Seniors were scheduled to host TBS (Burwell) Tuesday and Twin Plains Wednesday in Albion, then will have a break before traveling to Pender Sunday.
Albion Srs 4, PWG 3
Rather than a rally, as had been the case in several of their victories this season, the Cornerstone Seniors found themselves holding on Tuesday to edge PWG 4-3 at Leon Nelson Memorial Field in Albion.
Albion starter Tyler Hedlund took a 4-0 lead into the seventh inning, but ran into trouble there. A one-out error opened the door for the visitors and, after three straight singles pulled PWG within 4-2, Pierce Koch came on in relief. PWG pushed a third run across on a groundout and advanced a runner to third base, but Koch then fanned PWG’s Kuta to nail down the win for Cornerstone.
Albion Srs 8, W-W 7 (8 inn.)
If local fans thought Tuesday’s game was exciting, the Cornerstone Seniors were just getting warmed up. Cornerstone returned to action Thursday at the Albion Sports Complex and eked out an 8-7 extra-inning win over visiting Wayne-Wakefield in a wild, topsy-turvy contest.
Albion took an early 4-0 lead in the game before the visitors battled back. The lead bounced around in the final innings before Cornerstone tallied the winner in the bottom of the eighth.
After battling to a 6-6 tie through six innings, back and forth they went.
Wayne parlayed a hit batter, walk and single to take a 7-6 lead in the top of the seventh off Cornerstone reliever Kennedy and Albion knotted the score again in the bottom of the inning as Gentrup singled and scored on a base hit by Justin Rasmussen.
Kennedy worked around a two-out single to blank Wayne in the eighth and Cornerstone wasted no time pouncing on the opportunity. Colton Pelster led off the bottom of the frame with a single and pinch-runner Andrew Rasmussen advanced on Alex Pelster’s single before racing home on a sacrifice by Koch.
Albion Srs 6, St. Paul 4
After two one-run nail-biters, Sunday’s 6-4 Cornerstone victory at St. Paul may seem a bit mundane. The rally that produced it certainly wasn’t, however.
Cornerstone fell behind early in this one, St. Paul jumping out to a 4-0 lead in the first two innings while Kennedy struggled a bit to find his groove. The 6-foot-7 lefty did find it, however, allowing the hosts just two fourth-inning singles over the next four frames.
That kept Albion within range and the ‘Cardiac Cornerstone Kids’ struck late. Alex Pelster got the Albion Seniors on the board, singling and scoring in the sixth, and Cornerstone completed the rally with a five-run seventh.
Gentrup opened the top of the seventh with a walk, Justin Rasmussen singled and Zoucha walked. Cornerstone got runs on consecutive walks and a passed ball, Hedlund plated another with a groundout and Kennedy delivered an RBI single.
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