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Cornerstone seeks positive end Thursday in Grand Island

Cornerstone seeks positive end Thursday in Grand Island

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Cole Wilcox

Cole Wilcox drove in the only Columbus run in a 7-1 loss Sunday at Bennington. Wilcox and the Cornerstone Seniors wrap up the season Thursday at Grand Island.

The Columbus Cornerstone Insurance Group Seniors will be looking to find the win column again when the season wraps up Thursday in Grand Island. 

Columbus has cooled in the last 10 days since a six-game win streak evened the record at 11-11. Cornerstone won the Bongo Bayly tournament on July 19 with four straight wins but has since lost four in a row.

Following a doubleheader sweep at Norfolk, Columbus dropped a 7-1 game to Bennington on Sunday after falling behind 5-0 through the first two innings.

Post 266 piled up 13 hits, five in the first two innings, Cornerstone pitching worked around two jams in the third, fourth and fifth, but the offense went 2 for 10 with runners in scoring position and failed to crack the scoreboard until the seventh.

Cole Wilcox and Justin Gaston both had two hits, Wilcox had the lone RBI and Alex Ritzdorf worked 5 and 2/3 with five earned runs.

Bennington strung together four one-out hits and and RBI ground out for three runs in the first then added two more with a two-out liner to left with two on.

Columbus stranded a one-out double in the first, had two on and two down in the fourth, two on and two down in the fifth and had the leadoff man on in the sixth but grounded into a double play.

Cornerstone finally scratched one across when Drew Loosveldt drew a leadoff walk in the seventh, stole second and third then came in on Wilcox's single to deep left.

Bennington used the combination of four pitchers to strike out 10 Columbus hitters. Grant Japp started and went four innings, allowed four hits and struck out six.

Columbus faces Grand Island Home Federal at Ryder Park on Thursday in Grand Island at 5 and 7:30 p.m.

Grand Island took a pair from Columbus in a doubleheader on June 29. Home Federal won Game 1 6-1 after jumping out to a 4-0 lead after four innings. Grand Island then took Game 2 2-1 when Ace McKinnis nearly tossed a no-hitter. Cornerstone didn't have a hit until Kaden Young hit a home run over the left field fence with two down in the seventh.

Reach The Telegram sports staff at sports@columbustelegram.com.

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