Cornerstone Seniors sweep, Juniors split midweek

Zach Diessner, Cornerstone JuniorsIt was a good week for the Albion Cornerstone Legion baseball program, with the Seniors sweeping a pair of contests and the Juniors earning a a split.

Albion hosted St. Paul Tuesday, June 17, at the Albion Sports Complex’s Leon Nelson Memorial Field, the Cornerstone Juniors opening the night’s action with a solid 9-3 victory.
Cornerstone wasted no time assuming control of the contest. After one-out walks by Cody Nelson and Matt Schmitz in the bottom of the first inning, Dylan Gentrup, Jessie Sullivan and Noah Valasek followed with consecutive singles to stake the Albion nine to a 3-0 lead. That advantage grew to 6-0 in the second, as Gentrup rapped a two-run double and Valasek added another RBI single.

The Albion Seniors followed with a thrilling 3-2 win, rallying from an early 2-0 deficit.
Jackson Meyer gave up those two runs in the first inning, then shut the visitors down from there, allowing just five additional baserunners, none who advanced past second base.
Cornerstone tied the game in the sixth when Colton Pelster and Travis Kennedy drew consecutive walks and came home on Keaton Henry’s single and a St. Paul throwing error off Scott Ketteler’s fielders choice grounder.
The hosts snared the victory in the bottom of the seventh. Zac Glidden singles, advanced to third on a stolen base and throwing error, then dashed home when Meyer laid down a squeeze bunt.
The Cornerstone Seniors then breezed to a 12-2 win at Neligh Wednesday, evening their season record at 5-5.
Henry earned the victory with a four-hit performance on the mound and Albion broke the contest open with a seven-run fifth inning.

The Cornerstone Juniors were not as fortunate Wednesday, as host Neligh nine hits and took advantage of four Albion errors in an 11-8 victory.
Valasek had a strong game at the plate for Cornerstone, doubling, singling and scoring three runs. Caden Ranslem scored two runs, Nelson cracked two singles and Jessie Sullivan and Paul Diessner each had one base hit in the contest.

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