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Albion Cornerstone seniors win Area Tourney

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Albion Cornerstone Seniors with their Class C Area 5 championship trophy are (front, l.-r.) Dylan Gentrup, Andrew Rasmussen, Joel Meyer, Noah Valasek, Ryan Kramer, Ty Martinsen and coach Travis Kennedy; (back) coach Doug Koch, Caden Ranslem, Derek Stuhr, Kyle Kramer, Keaton Henry, Scott Ketteler and coach Lowell Imus.

Title required two wins, and Albion seniors did it!

Albion Cornerstone American Legion seniors team accomplished a huge task Tuesday night, July 26, defeating David City twice to claim the C5 Senior Tournament title at Osceola.

David City was previously undefeated in the tournament, and Albion had come back after an opening loss to St. Paul, advancing to the finals with three wins in the loser’s bracket.

Albion topped David City 5-3 in the first game. David City had scored three runs in the first inning, but Albion tied it up in the fourth on singles by Noah Valasek and Keaton Henry, a hit batsman (Scott Ketteler), and a bases clearing double by Kyle Kramer.  The score remained tied at 3 until the ninth inning, when Albion scored on a single by Caden Ranslem, a David City error that allowed Noah Valasek on base, and another error that allowed both Ranslem and Valasek to score.

Valasek pitched 8 2/3 innings and allowed seven David City hits. Dylan Gentrup wrapped up the final one-third inning on the mound. Albion had seven hits for the game.

In the second game, Albion used several big innings to pull away for the 13-6 win. Albion had a 6-1 lead after three innings, but David City scored three in the fourth to make it close at 6-4. Albion tallied one in the fifth frame, four in the sixth and two more in the seventh, while David City managed two runs in the seventh inning.

Dylan Gentrup started on the mound and collected the pitching win with 3 1/3 innings, allowing two hits and striking out three. Kyle Kramer came on in relief, allowing four hits and striking out four. Derek Stuhr went three for five at the plate with three singles. Joel Meyer was two for five with a double and a single. and Dylan Gentrup and Scott Ketteler each hit two singles.