Albion’s Cornerstone Legion baseball teams opened their 2013 summer seasons last week with a pair of Junior-Senior doubleheaders.
The Cornerstone Senior Legion got off to an excellent start, sweeping contests from D-C-B (Dannebrog-Cairo-Boelus) and Twin Plains.
Albion opened Tuesday, May 21, at D-C-B, using four runs in the fourth inning to take the lead and securing a 6-3 victory with two final runs in the seventh.
Trailing 1-0, Cornerstone rallied in the fourth. Derek Gentrup reached with a one-out walk and Chris Bode followed with a single. One batter later, Justin Rasmussen drove in Albion’s initial runs of the season with a double and Pierce Koch and Calvin Koziol followed with consecutive run-scoring singles.
D-C-B closed the margin to 4-3 with a pair of fifth-inning runs before Albion added some insurance in the top of the seventh. Koziol led off with a walk and Logan Olson and Brett Temme cracked RBI singles for a 6-3 lead.
Albion Cornerstone followed with a successful home opener Thursday, defeating Twin Plains 12-1 in five innings.
The visitors scored their lone run in the top of the first, but Albion answered quickly in the bottom of the frame, taking a 3-1 lead as Koziol cracked an RBI double.
Olson added an RBI single in the second and Bode started a two-run third with a double. Cornerstone finished the five-inning contest by scoring in every frame. Tyler Hedlund had a two-run double in the fourth as Albion built a 9-1 advantage and Parker Struebing contributed a run-scoring base hit in the fifth as the local Seniors tallied three final runs.
It was a rockier start to 2013 for the Cornerstone Legion Juniors. The Albion Juniors were nipped 3-2 by D-C-B to begin the season Tuesday.
The hosts took a quick 1-0 lead in the first inning and added a run in the fifth for a 2-0 edge. Albion finally struck in the top of the sixth. Colton Pelster led off with a single and Travis Kennedy followed with a walk. Both runners scored on base hits by Kyle Kramer and Keaton Henry.
D-C-B came back in the bottom of the frame, using three walks to load the bases and scoring the winner on a single by Brian Fisher.
Albion Cornerstone was able to get untracked offensively Thursday in its home opener vs. Twin Plains, but couldn’t stop the visitors in a 10-8 loss in five innings (time limit).
Albion got on the scoreboard in the third, cutting the margin to 7-3 as Kramer and Scott Ketteler cracked RBI singles. Twin Plains added a pair in the fourth and one final run in the fifth and took a 10-4 advantage into the bottom of the final inning.
Albion made a run at a rally, getting consecutive two-out run-scoring hits by Henry, Joel Meyer and Jackson Meyer, then loading the bases before Twin Plains secured the decision with a final strikeout.
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