The Albion Post #162 Cornerstone Legion Juniors began the 2021 summer baseball season on a roll – and just keep rolling along.
Albion Jrs. 20, Creighton 5
Albion Cornerstone improved its record to 8-0 this past week, beginning with a 20-5 walloping of Creighton Tuesday, June 15, at Leon Nelson Memorial Field (Albion Sports Complex).
The contest had little drama as the Albion Juniors opened a 5-1 lead in the bottom of the first inning, boosted the advantage to 9-2 after two and pulled away with six runs in the third and five in the fourth.
Albion Jrs. 12, B. Creek 4
Cornerstone pulled away late to defeat visiting Battle Creek 12-4 Thursday. Taking a 7-3 advantage into the bottom of the fourth inning, Albion secured its eighth win with five additional runs. Sam Grape was the axis of the victory by the local Juniors. Along with gaining the win (3.1 innings, 1 earned run, 4 Ks), Grape blasted a first-inning home run, walked twice, scored 3 runs and drove in 2 runs.
Creighton 14, Albion Srs. 6
It proved to be a tough week for Albion’s Cornerstone Seniors, who fell to 5-7 with three losses.
Creighton rallied late Tuesday, June 15, turning a 5-2 deficit into a 14-6 victory at Leon Nelson Memorial Field. Cornerstone took its 5-2 lead with four runs in the fifth inning, Creighton bounced back with three in the sixth, then sent the game to extra innings with a run in the top of the seventh. The visitors then exploded for eight runs in the eighth and held Albion scoreless in the bottom of the frame.
Broken Bow 4, Albion Srs. 3
A trip west was spoiled Friday when host Broken Bow nipped Albion Cornerstone 4-3 on a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh inning. Albion led the game 3-1 through five before Broken Bow rallied with two in the sixth and the winner in the seventh.
Lexington 8, Albion Srs. 7
Albion Cornerstone again trekked westward Sunday and again experienced heartbreak in an 8-7 loss to host Lexington. Similar to Friday’s contest, Cornerstone surged to a 6-4 lead with four runs in the top of the fourth before Lexington rallied with a run in the fifth and three in the sixth. The Albion Seniors scored once in the top of the seventh, but couldn’t push the tieing run to the plate.