On track. In position. One step away.
The Albion Cornerstone Seniors put themselves in firm control of the American Legion Area B5 tournament with a 16-4 thrashing of Wakefield Sunday night at Leon Nelson Memorial Field in Albion.
The victory put Albion in Tuesday night’s tournament championship, with a rematch against Wakefield, a 4-2 winner over Lakeview Monday in the loser’s brackey final.
Albion needed one more win Tuesday to qualify for the 2014 American Legion Seniors state tournament at Blair July 26-30. Wakefield needed to defeat Cornerstone twice to claim the B5 championship and the state berth.
Albion Srs. 16, Wakefield 4
Albion Cornerstone took no chances and left no doubt Sunday night in the Area B5 winner’s bracket final. The Albion Seniors took a 7-1 lead through four innings, then broke the contest wide open with a six-run sixth.
The game began looking like a pitcher’s duel between Albion’s Tyler Hedlund and Julio Perez of Wakefield, scoreless through two innings.
But when the dam burst in the third, Albion never let Wakefield and Perez close the gates.
Albion Srs. 7, Schuyler 3
Although Cornerstone bats weren’t exactly booming in their first-round game Friday, Albion lefty Travis Kennedy held Schuyler at bay while the hosts fashioned a 7-3 victory.
Albion Srs. 6, C. City 1
With pitcher Pierce Koch in control throughout, Albion Cornerstone needed only one big inning Saturday to eliminate Central City, 6-1.
Central City touched Koch for an unearned run in the second, but Cornerstone wiped that out and propelled itself to the win with a five-run third inning.
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