Albion summer softball teams open 2020 with victories

Softball is in the swing locally, as teams opened the delayed 2020 summer season this past week.
Albion 16/18U
Albion’s 16/18-Under team began its season by sweeping a doubleheader against Plainview Monday, June 22.
Albion 16/18U trailed 4-3 in the first game following Plainview’s four-run third inning, then rattled off five runs of its own in the fifth to rally for an eventual 8-6 victory. Ashlyn Krohn got the Albion fifth kick-started with a two-out single. The big back-to-back blows of the inning were Jeslynn Beckman’s triple and Kalli Nieman’s double.
Albion then got off to a fast start and never trailed in a 10-4 win over Plainview. Ashtyn Hedlund’s two-run triple sparked a four-run first inning and Albion pulled away with four more in the third as Caydence Guthard, Lauryn Wright and Autumn Patzel all rapped singles, and Hedlund added a two-run double.
Albion 16/18U ran its record to 3-0 Wednesday, June 24, with a 13-1 four-inning victory at Pierce.
Beckman plated two in the first inning with a double and Albion went ahead 7-1 with four runs in the second as Guthard and Krohn contributed base hits. A five-run fourth frame sealed the decision, with Addy Donnelson, Claire Weidner, and Krohn all singling, and Claire Choat and Hedlund delivering consecutive doubles.
(Albion 16/18U split a doubleheader with Twin River Monday. Further details in next week’s edition of the Albion News)
Albion 14U
Albion’s 14-Under softball team also opened its season Monday, June 22, splitting games against Atkinson.
Atkinson got off quickly in a 10-6 opening victory, taking a 10-0 lead through three innings. Albion rallied with six runs in the fourth, but could not climb completely out of the early hole. Jordyn Donner, Carlie Langan, Payton Sullivan and Averie Luettel all had base hits in the fourth.
Albion 14U bounced back to top Atkinson 6-4 in the nightcap. Luettel’s single sparked a four-run second inning and Atkinson tied the score in the fourth. Langan singled and scored in the fifth and Luettel drove in Donner with a base hit to provide the winning margin.
Albion improved to 2-1 by defeating host Pierce 11-6 Wednesday, June 24. Albion trailed 6-3 before exploding for eight runs in the fourth inning. Albion took advantage of four walks and a batter hit by pitch in the big frame, along with Luettel’s two-run single and an RBI base hit by Donner.
Albion 14U lost a 10-2 decision to Nebraska BC Bravettes Monday.
(Further softball reports will begin in next week’s edition of the Albion News)