It was one of those wild nights at the Albion Sports Complex Wednesday, July 11.
Twenty-eight hits. Twenty-five runs. Ten errors. Eight pitchers.
It all added up to a topsy-turvy 14-11 O’Neill Irish victory over the Albion Cornerstone Legion Seniors at Leon Nelson Memorial Field.
Albion Cornerstone rallied from early deficits to take a 10-8 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning, but O’Neill outscored the local Seniors 6-1 in the final three frames to earn the win.
Albion chalked up four runs in the bottom of the third to forge an 8-8 tie. Caden Ranslem reached on an O’Neill error, Carter Henry and Ryan Kramer singled and Matt Schmitz reached on a fielder’s choice. Dozler then cracked a two-run triple and Bird singled in a run.
Albion Cornerstone took its only lead with two runs in the fourth, as Ranslem, Kramer, Schmitz and Weston Choat all hit singles.
Esteban Delao and Francisco Perez, O’Neill’s fourth and fifth pitchers, shackled the Albion Seniors from there, however, allowing only Henry’s unearned run in the sixth in the final three innings.
O’Neill regained an 11-10 lead with a three-run fifth inning, started by Thramer’s double. The Irish then secured the win with a run in the sixth and two final tallies in the seventh. Hilker doubled and scored the sixth-inning run and a two-run double drove home Wiese and Delao in the top of the seventh.
The Albion Cornerstone Legion Baseball Seniors overcame an early 3-0 deficit and edged host Creighton 5-4 with a late-inning rally Monday night in their regular-season finale.
Trailing 3-2 in the top of the sixth inning, Albion Cornerstone took its first lead of the game. Matt Schmitz opened the frame with a single, advanced on Weston Choat’s base hit and raced home to tie the score when Dalton Rasmussen singled. Choat eventually scored on a Creighton error to push the Albion Seniors on top, 4-3.
Cornerstone added a crucial run in the top of the seventh when Ryan Kramer singled, advanced on a wild pitch and ground out, and scored on another wild pitch. J.D. Kuhlman singled home Bryce Zimmerer in the bottom of the frame to pull Creighton within 5-4 and the hosts loaded the bases before Dylan Gentrup induced a fly ball to right field for the final out.
Caden Ranslem had a tough-luck start, allowing three runs – one earned – without giving up a hit. Choat earned the victory with 5 1/3 innings strong relief, allowing just two hits, striking out four and walking one. Gentrup gave up the final run, but secured the final two outs of the contest to earn a save.
Cornerstone cracked 11 hits in the game, with Carsten Bird, Schmitz and Rasmussen each recording two. Bird, Kramer, Schmitz, Choat and Rasmussen scored the Albion runs, with Gentrup and Rasmussen collecting RBIs.
Albion Cornerstone Baseball will open play in the American Legion Class C Area 3 Seniors tournament Friday against host Tekamah (6 p.m.).