Albion Cornerstone teams earn Legion splits

With the short 2020 American Legion baseball season quickly nearing its conclusion, the Albion Post #162/Cornerstone Legion Juniors and Seniors both split contests this past week.
Albion Juniors Rebound
The Albion Cornerstone Juniors had a rough outing against Lakeview Tuesday, July 14, mustering only a single hit in a 16-0 loss at the Albion Sports Complex.
Lakeview scored three runs in the first, six in the second and seven in the third to break the game open early. Cornerstone avoided the no-hitter when Carsten Bird singled in the bottom of the fifth.
The Cornerstone Juniors bounced back Thursday, improving to 7-4 with a 9-3 victory over visiting SOS (Stromsburg/Osceola/Shelby).
James Fogleman ignited a four-run first inning with a leadoff double as Albion took advantage of two walks, two batters hit by pitch and two SOS errors. Cornerstone then tallied in all five innings to steadily pull away to the winning margin. Trent Patzel singled in Fogleman in the second, Calvin Webster singled and scored in the third and Bird tallied in the fifth after after reaching on a single. Cornerstone added two runs in the fourth without a hit. Patzel got the win, allowing two earned runs, with five strikeouts, in 2.2 innings. Webster (2.2 inn.) and Sam Grape (0.2 inn.) finished the contest.
Seniors Rally
Albion Cornerstone Seniors began their week with an exciting seventh inning rally and 7-6 victory over Lakeview at the Albion Sports Complex.
Lakeview scored three times in the top of the seventh to take a 6-5 lead, but could not hold off a determined Albion squad. Whalen Rother drew a one-out walk in the bottom of the frame and Sam Grape followed with a single to knot the score. Grape advanced to third on a passed ball and raced home with the winning run on Seth Wright’s ground ball.
Ryan Kramer earned the win with one inning of relief after Kyle Preister allowed four earned runs in six innings, striking out six batters. Grape finished with three hits, two runs scored and two driven in. Carsten Bird and Calvin Webster each had two hits for Albion.
The Cornerstone Seniors (6-7) faltered Thursday, dropping a 15-1 five-inning decision to SOS.
Albion tied the score at 1-1 in the bottom of the first as Kramer walked, advanced on Bird’s single and a passed ball, and went home on Patzel’s sac fly. From there, it was all SOS. The visitors tallied four runs in the second and six in the third to quickly pull away.