The Cornerstone Legion Baseball Juniors added two more victories, but also suffered a pair of close, tough losses during a busy week of American Legion action.
Cornerstone, now 10-4 in 2012, plays at Pender (Tuesday) and Wayne (Thursday) this week before participating in the Central City Tournament June 29-July 1.
The Cornerstone Legion Seniors posted a 1-2 record this past week and are now 3-8 overall. The Seniors also play at Pender and Wayne this week.
Last week began Tuesday with the Cornerstone Juniors dropping a 7-6 decision in an exciting contest at Columbus.
The hosts assumed a 5-3 lead with three runs in the third inning and another in the fourth before Albion battled back. Calvin Koziol singled and scored on a sacrifice by Travis Kennedy in the fifth and Cornerstone took a 6-5 lead with two runs in the top of the seventh. Tyler Hedlund started the frame with a single and scored on Kennedy’s triple. Kennedy came home on a fielder’s choice by Alex Pelster.
Columbus rallied in the bottom of the seventh against Koziol, using a pair of doubles and a walk-off hit.
The Cornerstone Juniors got back in the winning column the following night, blanking O’Neill 8-0 with a pitching gem by Pierce Koch at the Albion Sports Complex Legion Field.
Koch induced a ground ball out to snuff a first and third situation in the second inning and allowed only three other baserunners while striking out 13.
Albion scored all it would need during a three-run second, then added three in the third. The middle third of the order did the damage, Derek Gentrup and Justin Rasmussen each scoring twice, Kennedy and Wyatt Mazour once.
Cornerstone Legion Juniors had no trouble scoring its 10th win of the campaign Friday, blasting visiting Ord 15-5 at the sports complex.
The Albion Juniors got off to a strong start, scoring four in the first. The big blow was a base hit by Michael Lipker that plated Gentrup, Alex Pelster and Rasmussen. Ord cut the margin to 7-5 with a fourth-inning run and three in the fifth before Cornerstone drove home the final nails in the victory.
The Cornerstone Juniors gave a valiant effort at Aurora Sunday, but a late rally allowed the hosts to post a 5-2 victory – their second over Albion this season.
The Albion Juniors got on the scoreboard first, using four first-inning walks to push Koziol across the plate. Aurora tied the score in the second, taking advantage of two Cornerstone errors.
The score stayed 1-1 in a taut contest until the sixth as Albion stranded nine baserunners, including three that reached third. During that stretch, Koziol set down nine straight Aurora batters until the hosts broke through in that deciding sixth frame.
Aurora parlayed a lead-off double, a Cornerstone error, a walk and two singles into four runs to take a 5-1 lead into the final inning. Albion tried to rally in the seventh with two outs as Gentrup singled and scored on a double by Mazour before Aurora was able to secure the final out and preserve the win.
The Albion Cornerstone Legion Baseball Seniors defeated Ord for their third victory of the 2012 season last week, sandwiched between losses to O’Neill and Aurora.
Visiting O’Neill rallied for three runs in the top of the seventh inning for a 6-3 victory over the Cornerstone Seniors (3-8) Thursday at the Albion Sports Complex Legion Field.
O’Neill got key RBI doubles by Luke Loecker and Alex Fuhrer in their late surge, then set Albion batters down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the frame.
Parker Struebing scored runs for Cornerstone in the first and second and Logan Olson added a run in the second.
Cornerstone Seniors overcame a strong start by Ord with a big finish, scoring seven fifth-inning runs to win a wild 16-12 decision Friday in Albion.
The visitors jumped on Albion starter Colton Pelster for nine runs in the first, but scored just three more against three Cornerstone relievers.
Albion fought back to within a run, 10-9, with a five-run fourth, then erased a 12-9 deficit with its big fifth. Struebing singles twice in the inning and Cole Luettel and Brett Temme each smacked two-run doubles.
Tough host Aurora notched a 12-2, five-inning victory over the Albion Seniors Sunday. Aurora scored six in the first and five in the second to take control early. Zac Glidden and Struebing scored the Cornerstone runs in the third.