After suffering a disappointing loss at Norfolk July 1, the Albion Cornerstone Legion Seniors provided all the fireworks over the 4th of July weekend.
Cornerstone not only posted victories at Aurora Thursday and York Sunday, but blanked the hosts in both contests.
The Albion Seniors, 12-4 following the two shutout wins, continued a busy schedule with games at Shelton/Gibbon Monday and Twin Plains Tuesday, and return home to host Schuyler Thursday at the Albion Sports Complex.
Norfolk 4, Albion Srs 3
Maybe it was rust.
Having not played since the previous Wednesday, Albion Cornerstone dropped a 4-3 decision at Norfolk July 1. It was largely a case of squandered opportunities, as Cornerstone left the bases loaded twice in the one-run loss. Tyler Hedlund blanked the hosts for five innings, but Norfolk rallied in the sixth when reliever Travis Kennedy took the mound. Only one of the four runs was earned, however, as three Albion errors did most of the damage.
It appeared Cornerstone would bounce right back in the seventh, loading the bases again as Koch reached on a one-out error, followed by walks to Hedlund and Kennedy. Norfolk reliever Bryce Sovereign had other ideas, fanning Gentrup and retiring Rasmussen on a grounder to third base.
Albion Srs 6, Aurora 0
Playing longtime nemesis Aurora is motivation. Coming off a frustrating loss may have added just a bit more incentive.
Whatever the reasons, the Albion Cornerstone Seniors were superb in a 6-0 victory at Aurora Thursday, a game Coach Lowell Imus described as, “the best performance I have probably ever seen from this group of players.”
Strong pitching, stellar defense, timely hitting.
All adding up to a satisfying win.
Cornerstone struck early in the contest, grabbing a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Alex Pelster was hit by a pitch to lead off the game, Koch reached by error and Hedlund advanced the runners with a sacrifice bunt. Kennedy then plated the first run with a sac fly and Gentrup followed with an RBI double.
It would be all Albion would need in support of Koch.
The Cornerstone hurler worked out of two mid-inning jams to earn the shutout, allowing just four singles. Aurora loaded the bases with two out in the fourth with a walk, hit batter and single, but Bergmark’s grounder back to the mound quelled the threat. The hosts put runners at first and third the following inning with two out, but Koch again got the final out on a ground ball he fielded himself. He worked around lone singles in the sixth and seventh and finished with 11 strikeouts while walking two.
Albion Srs 7, York 0
Well, they can’t beat you if they don’t score.
Albion Cornerstone extended its scoreless-inning streak to 14 Sunday as Kennedy and Colton Pelster combined to whitewash host York 7-0.
It again took several escapes to keep zeroes on the scoreboard. The hosts loaded the bases against Kennedy in the second before Colton Pelster fielded a grounder at third and stepped on the base to end the inning.
York had two reach with one out in the fifth, but Kennedy struck out Carston Stein and retired Dylan Olmstead on a ground ball to second. Pelster walked the first two batters in the bottom of the sixth, but threw out one runner at home and preserved the shutout with consecutive strikeouts.
Albion scored the go-ahead and winning run in the third when Alex Pelster singled, stole second and went home on Hedlund’s base hit.
The rest turned out to be, as they say, “gravy”.
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