Albion 12-Unders storm to league final

Albion’s 12-Under softball team made a strong run through the loser’s bracket to reach the league tournament championship game and placed second in the event.
Albion lost an early contest to Pierce, then rattled off three straight weekend wins before again losing to Pierce in the final.
The local 12-Unders opened league tourney play Tuesday, June 22, with a 14-1 victory over the O’Neill Dirt Devils. Pierce nipped Albion 4-3 to open play Saturday, June 26. Albion had a 3-0 lead before Pierce squared the score with three runs in the bottom of the third inning. Pierce added its final run in the bottom of the fifth and Albion could not match in the top of the sixth. The Albion 12-Unders churned through the loser’s bracket from there, beginning with a 6-1 decision over Elgin. Miranda McGill was the winning pitcher, ceding just a single run and fanning 9 batters. Next to fall was Creighton by a lopsided tally of 13-5. Albion built a 12-1 lead through three innings, then staved off final rally attempts by Creighton. Albion won its third straight with a 9-2 victory over O’Neill Elite, breaking open a 2-1 game with seven runs in the top of the fourth inning. The Albion 12-Unders finally ran into old nemesis Pierce again in the championship game, dropping a 7-3 decision. Albion led 3-1 through three innings, but Pierce tallied four in the bottom of the fourth and tacked on another pair in the fifth.

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