Cornerstone Juniors 2nd in Area 5

Just one they couldn’t overcome.
The Albion Cornerstone Legion Juniors reached the final of the American Legion Class B Area 5 baseball tournament Tuesday, July 12, but fell short of the championship and a state tournament berth in a 4-1 loss to host Wayne.
It was Cornerstone’s second tournament defeat at the hands of the Junior Legion Blue Devils.
The Albion Juniors opened the Area 5 event with a 4-1 victory over Pierce, then edged the West Point Bombers 4-3 to reach the winner’s bracket final. Wayne topped Cornerstone 4-1 to advance to the championship round and the Albion Juniors whitewashed West Point 10-0 to earn a second shot at the Devils Tuesday. (Earlier Area 5 game recaps in July 13 edition of Albion News/Boone County Tribune)
As in the first meeting, Wayne pitching shut down Cornerstone’s attack.
Albion batters mustered just five hits and the single run against Wayne’s Gavin Redden, striking out six times in the contest. Cornerstone’s Trent Patzel had a commendable mound performance, as well, but was betrayed by five Albion errors. Although charged with five runs, only one was earned, and Patzel also fanned six batters without issuing a walk.
The miscue trouble began early, as Redden led off the bottom of the first with a base hit, advanced to third on a Cornerstone error and scored on a sac bunt. Albion tied the score in the second as Patzel doubled, advanced on a ground out and hustled home on a clutch two-out single by Luke Curry.
The game featured a mound duel until the bottom of the sixth inning. Patzel struck out two in the second, worked around another error in the third and set down eight straight batters going into the sixth.
Anderson then ignited Wayne with a one-out triple, scoring on an ensuing fielder’s choice. With two outs, a pair of Cornerstone errors, a single by Wayne’s Kalen Moormeier and a passed ball put the Blue Devils up 4-1.
Having stranded a runner at third base in the top of the sixth, Albion Cornerstone could counter with only Curry’s two-out single in the seventh before Redden recorded a final strikeout and the win.

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