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Strong week for Cornerstone Legion

Calvin Webster fires a pitch Sunday

Rain, rain, stayed away … finally.
With searing temperatures replacing recent wet weather conditions, Albion’s Cornerstone Legion Baseball teams capped a busy week by sweeping a doubleheader against Schuyler Sunday at Leon Nelson Memorial Field in Albion.
Improving Cornerstone Juniors double win total
The Albion Cornerstone Juniors improved to 3-10 with a pair of victories this past week, beginning with a 9-4 decision over host Creighton June 26. Cornerstone erased a 2-0 deficit with a five-run fourth inning and added four more runs in the fifth. That was all Albion would need, as Kyle Preister and Ryan Kramer split mound duties, each allowing two runs, and each striking out four batters while walking three.
Cornerstone took a quick 2-0 lead in the first inning against visiting Central City Saturday, but could add only a lone seventh-inning tally in a 6-3 loss. The Albion Juniors were limited to just five hits in the game, all singles.
Albion Cornerstone got back on the winning track Sunday, however, thumping Schuyler 13-6. A 10-run first inning, buoyed by five walks, two batters hit-by-pitch and a Schuyler error – along with singles by Kramer and Carsten Bird – fueled the run outburst. Calvin Webster earned the win, giving up six runs – three earned – over four innings.
Albion arms deliver two victories for Cornerstone Seniors
They can’t beat you if they can’t score.
After dropping a 9-5 decision at Creighton June 26, the Albion Cornerstone Seniors (4-6) bounced back with a pair of weekend victories, allowing just a single run over 14 innings of play.
Cornerstone got off to a good start with three runs at Creighton, but the hosts chipped away at the early Albion lead and used a four-run burst in the fifth inning to claim the win. Dalton Rasmussen was tagged with the loss in relief. Ethan Dozler and Webster each had two hits for Cornerstone.
Stellar Cornerstone pitching plus just enough offense equaled a 4-0 victory over visiting Plainview Saturday at the Albion Sports Complex. Weston Choat (4 inn.), Will Frey (1.2) and Brenden Beierman (1.1) all allowed just a single hit to Plainview batters, Choat striking out six and Frey four. Webster singled and scored on a sac fly in the second for the only run Albion would need. Cornerstone added insurance runs with Bird walking and scoring in the third, Rasmussen driving in Dozler in the fifth and Beierman bringing home Webster in the sixth.
It was more of the same formula for Cornerstone Sunday, resulting in a 2-1 triumph over Schuyler in a taut pitching duel. Frey limited the visitors to a single run on four hits while striking out nine in six innings. The Albion Juniors trailed 1-0 after Schuyler tallied in the fifth, however, and needed a two-run sixth inning rally to prevail. Consecutive singles by Kramer, Webster and Preister scored Choat, who had walked, and Kramer. Rasmussen earned a save by blanking Schuyler in the seventh, striking out two batters.