Albion’s Cornerstone Legion Seniors outscored their opposition 35-4 and won individual gold medals as champions of the Creighton Berry Pepper Tournament June 18-19.
Cornerstone took early leads against O’Neill and host Creighton, posting 15-2 and 20-2 victories, respectively. With the triumphs, the Albion Seniors bumped their season record to 8-5 while fashioning a three-game mini win streak.
Cornerstone wasted no time Saturday vs. O’Neill, turning a 1-0 edge into an 8-0 lead in the second inning. Trent Patzel fueled the big frame with a two-run home run and Albion also collected three singles and Carsten Bird’s three-run double. Cornerstone increased its advantage to 14-0 in the top of the third, Calvin Webster clouting a three-run home run and Patzek following with his second blast of the game.
The Albion Seniors were just warming up Saturday. Cornerstone’s bats matched the weekend’s hot weather again Sunday, blitzing Creighton 20-2 in four innings.
Cornerstone opened with its biggest inning of the season, scoring 12 runs in the top of the first. Seth Wright and Bird sandwiched singles around Fogleman – who reached by error – and Patzel and Luettel followed with back-to-back doubles. Three consecutive Albion batters were hit by pitch, then plated by Bird’s single and doubles by Sam Grape and Webster.
Cornerstone cruised from there, adding two in the second inning and six in the third. The hosts could score only single runs in the second and fourth frames off Albion starter Kyle Preister, who earned the win with 3.2 solid innings (2 earned runs, 2 hits allowed, 5 strikeouts).
Cornerstone’s tourney wins came on the heels of an offensive outburst and 14-3 victory at Battle Creek Thursday.
Albion’s runs came in more methodical fashion than the weekend. Cornerstone used Battle Creek control largesse in the first inning (4 walks and a wild pitch, along with an error) to jump to a 3-0 lead. The Albion Seniors then took a 6-1 advantage in the second, parlaying two more walks, two additional errors and a wild pitch into three runs without a base hit.
After the hosts closed the gap to 6-3, Cornerstone added two runs in the fifth and one in the sixth, then closed out the win emphatically with a five-run seventh. Patzel doubled in the final frame, while Luettel, Schafer, Fogleman and Webster all delivered singles.
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