Albion Cornerstone Legion Baseball enjoyed a successful Memorial Day weekend, sweeping a pair of American Legion baseball contests at Gibbon Sunday. Albion Cornerstone was scheduled to host David City Tuesday night and also have a pair of games at St. Paul (June 1) and Schuyler (June 3) this week.
Albion Jrs. 3, Shelton-Gibbon 1
The Albion Cornerstone Legion Juniors rode a stellar pitching performance by Kyle Preister and Carsten Bird to their first victory of 2018, clipping host Shelton-Gibbon 3-1.
The hosts took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first, and had the bases loaded, before Preister induced two fly outs to end the threat.
From there, the Cornerstone hurlers blanked Shelton-Gibbon, allowing just four more singles and striking out six. Bird did work out of a two-out jam in the seventh when Cornerstone’s only error and consecutive base hits loaded the bases. Bird got Mason Clark to pop out to the catcher to end the contest.
The Albion Juniors tied the score in the fifth when Tyson Haddix walked and scored on a Bird single. Cornerstone tallied the winning runs in the top of the seventh. Ethan Dozler cracked a one-out double, Seth Wright reached on an error, and both scored on Preister’s base hit.
Albion Srs. 4, Shelton-Gibbon 2
Albion Cornerstone’s Senior Legion won their third straight game in the second game of Sunday’s doubleheader. Cornerstone broke a 1-1 deadlock with three runs in the fifth inning and stymied a Shelton-Gibbon rally attempt to earn a 4-2 win.
Carsten Bird singled to open the game, advanced on a sacrifice and scored on a Matt Schmitz single. The hosts knotted the score in the third with a walk, stolen base and sacrifice.
Cornerstone benefited from errant control by Shelton-Gibbon pitchers Sam Kucera and Jose Murrito in the decisive fifth.
Bird, Caden Ranslem, Schmitz and Carter Henry drew consecutive walks to open the winning, forcing home Bird with the go-ahead run. Ranslem scored on a balk and Schmitz came home on a ground out.
The trio of Henry, Ranslem and Schmitz made those runs stand up for the victory, combining for a one-hitter. That double drove in Shelton-Gibbon’s second run in the sixth, but Schmitz recorded a pair of strikeouts to end the inning and shut the hosts down in the seventh.
Further details of previous Cornerstone Legion games in Print & Online editions of Albion News