Cornerstone falls short in C5 Area bid

The Albion Cornerstone Legion Baseball Seniors bowed out of competition in the American Legion C5 Area tournament at Tekamah Monday night with a tough 5-3 loss to Yutan in the loser’s bracket final.
Despite the loss, Cornerstone will compete in the 2018 Nebraska American Legion Class C Seniors State Tournament as the host team. Albion’s first round game will be Saturday at 8 p.m. vs. the Area C4 champion.

Cornerstone 16, Tekamah 8
Facing host Tekamah, Albion Cornerstone had a terrible start in the American Legion C5 Area tournament Friday, but rallied from an early 6-0 deficit to post an emphatic 16-8 first-round victory.
After Tekamah, the lower seed, tallied six runs in the top of the first inning, Cornerstone bounced back with five of its own in the bottom of the second, and later shut the door on the host team with a seven-run fifth inning.

D. City 7, Cornerstone 6
C5 Area top seed David City had the final surge Saturday, scoring four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to nip Albion Cornerstone 7-6.
Cornerstone rallied from a 3-0 deficit to take a 6-3 lead into that sixth frame, but lost the momentum and lead there, then could not mount a final rally in the seventh.

Cornerstone 3, Hoop./Scrib. 2
In baseball, you often here it called, “taking one for the team.”
Ethan Dozler not only took one for the team Sunday, he collected the ‘walk off’ RBI when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh inning, forcing home the winning run in a 3-2 elimination-game victory over Hooper-Scribner.
Gentrup was also hit by a pitch to begin Albion’s half of the inning and advanced to second on a passed ball. Sullivan followed with a single and Ranslem walked to load the bases before Dozler was plunked on a 1-0 pitch.

Yutan 5, Cornerstone 3
Albion Cornerstone fell just shy of reaching the C5 tournament final Monday night, as Yutan eked out a 5-3 victory in the loser’s bracket final. Yutan took a 4-2 lead  with two runs in the fourth. Hays and Petersen both singled, with the runs scoring on a Banks RBI single and a wild pitch.
Ranslem walked leading off the top of the fifth, went to third base on a Yutan error, and scored on Henry’s base hit. Yutan matched that run in the bottom of the frame and Trevor Ziemba set down Albion batters 1-2-3 in the sixth and seventh innings to close out the win.

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