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Albion Cornerstone Seniors battle back, but lose in Area Tourney final

Noah Valasek of Albion Cornerstone slides in safely for a run during opening-round action in the American Legion Class C Area 6 Tournament at Palmer Friday.
Noah Valasek of Albion Cornerstone slides in safely for a run during opening-round action in the American Legion Class C Area 6 Tournament at Palmer Friday.

It was a tough road for the Albion Cornerstone Legion Senior team in the Class C Area 6 Senior tournament at Palmer.

Albion battled back all the way through the consolation bracket after losing their opener, winning three consecutive games; but they lost a pitcher’s duel, 2-0, in the championship game Tuesday night against undefeated and top-seeded Palmer Wolbach Greeley (PWG).

The final game was scoreless through seven complete innings, but was decided by two PWG runs in the top of the eighth frame. Albion’s two hits came in the first inning against PWG ace Jacob Simonson, who struck out 10 batters and walked only one in eight complete innings.

Albion Cornerstone’s Noah Valasek also had an outstanding game, allowing only four hits and one earned run. He struck out three batters and walked four in eight complete innings.

Albion Cornerstone Seniors showed some grit in battling back after dropping their opener to Utica-Beaver Crossing 5-3 last Friday. They came back to defeat Superior 2-1 on Saturday and crush Lawrence-Inland 13-0 on Sunday night.
They made it to Tuesday night’s championship game with a 9-0 Monday night win over Sutton.
Cornerstone coach Lowell Imus said his squad was playing up to its capabilities Saturday through Monday, and he was optimistic going into Tuesday night’s match-up against PWG.

See story on the first four tournament games in the July, 26th Albion News print and E-edition