Albion Legion Seniors battle to end in Area 5

Albion 9, Lakeview 3
Albion Cornerstone, the #4 seed, got off to an impressive start in the area tournament, defeating #5 Columbus Lakeview 9-3 in opening-round action at Aurora’s Mitchell Field Thursday, July 18.
Albion scored three first-inning runs, then took an 8-1 lead with a five-run third. That was all Tyler Hedlund would need, as he picked up the win with six solid innings on the mound.

Wayne 10, Albion 0
Albion’s bats were subdued Friday in a 10-0 loss to Area 5 top seed Wayne.
Cornerstone could muster just two hits off Wayne’s Corey Dorlag. Albion’s only real threat came in the fourth when Gentrup singled with one out, Cole Luettel walked, and the runners advanced to second and third on Alex Pelster’s sacrifice. Doorlag then preserved the shutout by retiring Justin Rasmussen on a fly ball to center field.

Albion 12, Central City 2
Albion began its comeback journey in the loser’s bracket Saturday, defeating Central City 12-2 in five innings.
Brett Temme gave Cornerstone a solid mound effort, allowing just one earned run while working around a pair of Central City doubles, an Albion error, a walk and a batter hit-by-pitch. Albion got all the runs it would need in a four-run first that featured two-run doubles by Gentrup and Rasmussen. Hedlund, who also doubled in the first, drove in a run in the second to put Cornerstone up 5-1.

Albion 7, Crofton 6
When you reach the loser’s bracket of a tournament, it’s do-or-die.
Doubly so when you trail by three runs entering what could be your season’s final inning.
That was the predicament faced by Albion Cornerstone Sunday in an Area 5 elimination game against #2 seeded Crofton.
Trailing 6-3 in the bottom of the seventh, the never-say-die Cornerstone Seniors plated four runs to score a dramatic 7-6 victory and keep their state tournament hopes alive.
Alex Pelster led off the bottom of the seventh with a triple and Temme’s one-out home run blast pulled Albion within a run. Chris Bode drew a walk and went home with the tieing run on Olson’s double and Koch followed with a double of his own to plate the game-winner.

Wayne 8, Albion 7
Fight to the end.
One day after staying alive with a thrilling, improbable four-run rally in their final at-bat, the Albion Cornerstone Seniors could not quite pull off a similar feat in a heartbreaking 8-7 Area 5 elimination-game loss to #1 seed Wayne.
Albion tallied three times in the top of the seventh Monday to tie the score and had the bases loaded with just one out, but could not take the lead. Wayne’s winning run then walked home, literally, in the bottom of the inning to end Albion’s 17-12 season one game short of the area championship round.

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