Albion Seniors hit rut, drop three

The Albion Cornerstone Legion Seniors came up empty three times this past week in final preps for post-season district play.
Albion Cornerstone (10-12) is scheduled to open in the American Legion Class C Area 6 Tournament at Palmer Friday, facing Utica-Beaver Crossing at 4:30 p.m.
Norfolk 8, Albion Cornerstone 0
The Norfolk Elkhorn Valley Bank/Nucor Steel Seniors rode the stellar pitching of Brandon Ellenwood, while scoring at least one run in each inning of an 8-0, five-inning victory over visiting Albion Cornerstone Tuesday, July 11.
T.J. Price sparked a two-run first inning with a leadoff triple for Norfolk, which turned out to be all the runs the hosts would need. Ellenwood limited Cornerstone to just two hits and four total base runners, never facing more than a single baserunner in an inning.
Elkhorn MM 12, Albion Cornerstone 4
Albion Cornerstone had another tough game at the plate in the first game of a triangular doubleheader Saturday and could not keep up with Elkhorn Mt. Michael in a 12-4 loss.
Valasek and Derek Stuhr singled for Cornerstone in the first inning, but were stranded at third and second bases, respectively. Mt. Michael then jumped on Albion starter Matt Schmitz in the second, taking a 5-0 lead. Keyton Pappas singled with one out and Mt. Michael batters followed with five straight walks before a two-run double by Dan Jewell.
Cornerstone’s Jessie Sullivan had an RBI single in a two-run third inning, but Elkhorn MM added three more runs off Albion reliever Weston Choat to take an 8-2 advantage.
Central City 8, Albion Cornerstone 7
Albion Cornerstone had its best offensive output of the week in Saturday’s second game, but couldn’t overcome a six-run fifth inning by Central City.
Central City then got to Cornerstone starter Caden Ranslem and Valasek in the fifth, parlaying four walks, a batter hit-by-pitch and three singles into five runs and an 8-2 lead.
Cornerstone tried to rally, beginning with a run in the sixth. The Albion Seniors then tallied four times in the top of the seventh to pull within a run. Ranslem cracked a two-out single, Choat drew a walk and Ethan Dozler singled. Valasek then cleared the bases with a double and scored when Gentrup reached on a Central City error. Gentrup stole second base, but was stranded there when Central City’s Dale Jones struck out Stuhr for the final out.

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