Both Cornerstone Legion baseball teams began the past week by splitting home games at the Albion Sports Complex’s Leon Nelson Memorial Field.
The Albion Juniors stood 8-5 on the season after a pair of high-scoring contests Tuesday and Wednesday.
Cornerstone used a third-inning outburst to propel a 9-6 victory over TBS (Burwell) Tuesday.
Trailing 5-1, the Albion Juniors sent 10 batters to the plate and tallied six runs in the bottom of the third to go ahead 7-5.
The Cornerstone Juniors looked to be on their way to another win the following night before Twin Plains rallied for a 10-9 victory.
After scoring once in the fifth, the visitors pushed across four runs in the sixth to go in front 10-7. Twin Plains used a batter hit by pitch and two walks to set the inning up and got a pair of damaging doubles to drive in runs.
The Albion Juniors gave a valiant effort to rally, themselves, in the bottom of the inning. Scott Ketteler reached on a one-out single, Kyle Kramer walked, and both scored on Keaton Henry’s base hit and a bases-loaded sac bunt by Tanner Schafer. That bunt was the second out of the inning, however, and Twin Plains’ Matt Euse secured the decision with a final strikeout.
The Cornerstone Legion Seniors also opened the week with a victory, blanking TBS 8-0 behind pitcher Tyler Hedlund.
Hedlund allowed a pair of singles in the third, but stranded runners at first and third by inducing a groundout. He gave up a lone double in the fourth, a single in the fifth and another double in the seventh, but was not touched for a run.
Cornerstone batters, meanwhile, had no trouble crossing home plate.
Derek Gentrup and Justin Rasmussen cracked singles in the second and scored on base hits by Austin Zoucha and Alex Pelster. Hedlund began the third with a double and Cornerstone built a 6-0 advantage as Jackson Meyer contributed an RBI single.
The law of averages may apply to baseball more than any other sport. And that law may have caught up with the Albion Seniors Wednesday.
Cornerstone, with seven victories by one or two runs in 2014, dropped to 10-3 when Twin Plains rallied for a 4-3 win with four runs in the top of the seventh inning.
The game was a pitchers’ duel until Cornerstone broke a 0-0 deadlock with three runs in the bottom of the sixth. Zoucha and Colton Pelster drew two-out walks, Alex Pelster followed with a two-run single, and Hedlund drove Pelster in with a double.
Pierce Koch had allowed just two hits and three baserunners while striking out eight over six innings, but ran into trouble in the seventh.
Twin Plains drew a leadoff walk, then used consecutive singles, a two-out, three-run Triple and a final RBI base hit to plate four runs before Koch got a final strikeout.
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