2013 News & Game Summaries

  August 20, 2013

        The York Cornerstone Legion baseball committee met last week to finalize the 2013 season. During the meeting the resignations of members Steve Hannon and Nick Harlan were received and discussed. We as a committee would like to thank both gentleman for their many years of help and support on the committee. We would also like to welcome new members Brian Walth ( New Panthers head coach), Leroy Ott ( Fillman Ins) and Scott Walz ( NPPD).


        Final stats have been posted for the Junior  and Senior Teams

SEWARD---The fifth-seeded Cornerstone Seniors, who started the area tournament with victories over the second (Pleasant Dale) and third seeded (Amigo's) teams finished by losing back-to-back games to see their season come to an end.  Amigo's, who fell to York on Saturday, got its revenge Tuesday night with an 8-4 victory over the bankers.
   When the curtain came down on center stage, York had the bases loaded, two outs, and Carston Staehr at the plate.  Some 48 hours earlier, Staehr had been the separator in the game when he hit a two-run shot over the left-field fence to give York a three-run cushion late in the game.
   On this occasion, Staehr hit the ball on the button but shortstop Gabe Larsen vacuumed up the hot grounder and fired to second to force Jon Fletcher by an eyelash to end the game.
   Jared Miller and Landon Killion were the key offensive players for York.  Miller got aboard three of four times from the leadoff position and had a leadoff single to begin the game.  Killion singled twice in three trips and was the only York batter to have more than one hit in the six-hit attack.
   Aaron Tischer started on the mound for York and ended up with the loss as he gave up five runs, four earned in 2 1/3 innings. Tyler Brown, who was seeking his second victory in the tourney, was greeted with a single and only allowed one more base hit in his 3 2/3 innings in relief for York.
   When all is said and done, York finished the season with a record of 11-18. 

Cornerstone Baseball will miss the likes of Landon Killion, Andrew Makovicka, Henry Ott and Jarrett Suddarth who devoted five years to its program.  Other seniors who are leaving after four years of play are Zach Snodgrass, Aaron Tischer and Jordan Walz, each of whom made significant contributions to Legion ball.  Finally, a salute goes out to senior Jared Miller who also graduated yet has one more year of eligibility in the York Cornerstone program.  We wish all of the players the best of luck and York baseball will be better off next year with the return of Miller after his freshman year in college.
Thanks are also extended to the York coaching staff and the six underclassmen who made a major impact on our program.  Thanks, too, to the parents, grandparents and fans of York Cornerstone Baseball.


---Jack Vincent


SEWARD--Top seeded Seward scored multiple runs in each of the first four innings to amass a
14-0 lead Sunday and went on to win the winner's bracket game over York by the same score via the mercy run rule after five innings.
Ben Klenke pitched Seward to the victory and fired a no hitter in taking care of the York bankers.
The bright spots for York were Jarrett Suddarth in left who recorded three putouts; Andrew Makovicka at third who had two putouts and three assists on grounders his way; and Aaron Tischer who relieved for 1.2 innings and allowed no runs, no hits and only two batters to reach first.
York is back in action in an elimination game at 7 p.m. tomorrow when it takes on Amigo's who knocked off Pleasant Dale 10-4 to earn the right to play York, a team which defeated it earlier in the tournament.


SEWARD--The York Cornerstone Seniors scored five runs over the final two innings Saturday evening to defeat Lincoln Amigo's 7-3 in a winner's bracket contest of the Class B, Area 4 Tournament at Plum Creek Park.  With the victory, York improved to 11-16 on the season; but more importantly, the bankers earned a berth in the first championship game Sunday evening at 8 p.m. against top-seeded Seward, a 10-0 winner over Crete.
   York took the initial lead in the top of the third when Jarrett Suddarth ripped a one-out double to the gap in left-center field. With two out, Henry Ott drilled a single to left field scoring Suddarth from third base.
   Amigo's scored single tallies in both the third and fourth innings to take a 2-1 lead.  In both innings, the Amigo's lead off batter was plunked by Jordan Walz and eventually came around to score. 
   York squared the score at 2-2 in the top of the fifth on a walk to Jared Miller, a sacrifice by Suddarth, and a Tyler Brown RBI single, his first of two hits on the evening.
   Amigo's went ahead once again in the home half of the fifth when Walz walked the number nine hitter and then allowed him to get to third on a two base throwing error in a pick off attempt. 
   York scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth to take the lead once again, this time for good. Landon Killion was hit by a pitch before Carston Staehr went center stage for the first of his two big hits.  Staehr singled down the third baseline and Killion pulled up at second.
   Enter Jon Fletcher to run for Killion. Aaron Tischer sacrificed the runners ahead 90 feet and into scoring position. Miller grounded softly to second scoring Fletcher to tie the contest at 3-3.  Jarrett Suddarth gave York the lead with his second hit, a single to left which scored Miller.
   In the bottom of the sixth inning, Amigo's threatened to take the lead once again when Walz walked the clean-up batter and allowed a single to the opposing pitcher.  Walz, the eventual winning pitcher, was removed from the mound and was relieved by Aaron Tischer. To that point, Walz had given up three hits, walked three and hit two and allowed only two earned runs of the three which were on the scoreboard.
   Tischer retired five straight to close out the contest and to earn the save after tossing 1.2 innings of relief.
   Life on the mound was made easier for Tischer and the York defense when Staehr got a monster home run over the left field fence at the 325 foot mark to make it 6-3. York added another run to take a 7-3 lead into the final half inning of play.
   Suddarth, Brown, and Staehr each had two hits apiece for York in its nine-hit attack.
   The defensive plays of the game were shared by the sensational over the shoulder catch made in centerfield by Henry Ott to record the first out in the second inning and robbing Bailey Bliss of a certain double.  The other was a nifty 6-4-3 double play in the first ining when it was Brown to Tischer to Landon Killion to erase Tyler Knapp who had walked with one out.

---Jack Vincent




SEWARD--Jordan Walz got an RBI sacrifice fly to left field Friday evening to score Jarrett Suddarth from third base, break a 4-4 tie with Pleasant Dale, and send York Cornerstone to the second round Saturday evening at 8 p.m. against Lincoln Amigo's, a 3-2 winner over Crete in the late game at Plum Creek Park.
In the first round of the Class B, Area 4 Tournament, York scored a run in the first and two more in the third inning to take a 3-0 lead.  Pleasant Dale, limited to one hit in its first five at bats off Tyler Brown, exploded for four hits and four runs in the sixth inning to take a 4-3 over the fifth seeded York bankers as it appeared that the York pitcher was wilting under the heat and humidity.
York scored the tying run in the bottom of the sixth when Andrew Makovicka was hit by a pitch with one out and quickly stole second base. Carston Staehr, batting for Aaron Tischer, lofted a deep fly ball to center field which traveled over the fielder's head for an RBI double.
Brown regained his strength in the top of the seventh and set down Pleasant Dale on six pitches, two pop flies in the infield and a comebacker to the mound.
That set the stage for the walk-off sacrifice.  Suddarth singled up the middle to begin the inning. Tyler Brown singled over the shortstop's head for his fourth hit on the night and Suddarth checked up at second. Henry Ott got his third hit of the night, a crafty bunt laid down the third base line. Walz ended it with his fly to left-center field as Suddarth beat the throw easily.
Brown went the distance for York and limited Pleasant Dale to five hits and three bases on balls to pick up the win.

---Jack Vincent

YORK--Seward fired out of the starting blocks Wednesday with five runs in the top of the first inning and never looked back en route to an 11-0 victory over Pleasant Dale.  With the win, Seward travels to Elkhorn Mt. Michael Saturday to begin play in the
Class B State Tournament.  Good luck to Seward.


YORK--Seward, the number one seed, and Pleasant Dale, the two seed, will battle Wednesday evening for the championship of the Class B, Area 4 Junior Legion Tournament at Levitt Stadium with the first pitch slated for 5 p.m.  If Pleasant Dale wins the first game, a second game to determine the champion will begin 30 minutes following.
Pleasant Dale won the right to meet Seward by knocking off Central City 4-1 Tuesday night in a pitching duel between Ross Wagner of Central City and Pleasant Dale's Brendon Keller.


York--- Second game of the Sunday session had Aurora and Fairbury in opposite dugouts. With Fairbury taking a 3-1 victory.

York---  First of two games on Sunday pitted Crete and Central City. The Central team took the game 8-6.

 York--- Last game of day 2 had Pleasent Dale and Aurora. With Pleasent Dale the winner 7-4.

       The second day of the area 4 Dist. Tournament, York Juniors found there season come to a end at the hands of Central City. Coach Felise and squad wound up with a 6-19 record. Thanks to coach and team for a solid year against tough competition.

York-- Day two of the area Junior Tournament found the #1 seed Seward in action against Crete with Seward on top 20-2. Second game was Central City and York trying to keep their tournament births alive. Central was the victor with a 11-2 score.

York--- The lights were turned off on the first day of the Area 4 Tournament.  Game 2 pitted Aurora and Central City. Aurora the victor 7-6. Game 3 York versus Pleasent Dale. P Dale on top 6-4.

York--- Class B Area 4 Tourney is under way in York. First game is finished with Crete on top Fairbury  10-6. Check the tourney tab for schedule and times

      Attention--- Time change for the Hickman game at Hickman is now 6pm

York-- York Cornerstone baseball held its final regular season games of the 2013 summer. Both Juniors and Seniors were in action against Pleasent Dale with the end result being 6-5. Juniors won 6-5 and the Seniors lost 5-6. Seniors played a solid game just couldn't come up with the final punch  to pull ahead. Juniors on the other hand came up with a game winning single to score two runs. Coach Felise had this to report

           York juniors were back in action against Pleasant Dale on Tuesday night. The juniors were victorious against the visiting team. Aaron Beins took the mound for the juniors allowing 4 earned runs out of 5. "Beins was extremely competitive tonight, he went right after guys from the very 1st pitch." The bats were also out of the tool shed boasting 6 hits 2 of them off the bat of Grant Suddarth, including the game winner. In the bottom of the 6th (which was the last inning) Logan Cobb starts off the inning with a line drive single to centerfield, followed by a double from Evan Ronne, moving over the speedy Cobb. With runners on second and third with 1 out, the juniors sent up Grant Suddarth. Suddarth on the 2-1 pitch drilled a ground ball single into right field, scoring Cobb, and a bang bang play at the plate with the win scoring Evan Ronne. "This win is huge for us, it gives us confidence, and shows them that throwing strikes, and putting the ball in play gives us a good chance to win."
The juniors are back in action for the district tournament against Pleasant Dale this coming Friday.

The York juniors finished the seasons with 6 wins (1 by forfeit). "We won, that's all the matters, we have the confidence to be able to compete on a more competitive level now."

The approved seedings for both the Senior and Junior Class B, Area 4 tournaments are at the Class B, Area 4 link to this website.  The Senior bracket is on top and the Junior bracket is at the bottom of the link.

---Jack Vincent

    York Juniors coach Gene Felise has two reports for the games this weekend in Syracuse and Utica. They are as follows

  Sunday--   It was pretty hot out yesterday, but the Junior boys were back in action against Utica. Logan Cobb got the nod for the Juniors and was only charged with 1 earned run and 7 batters struck out. Evan Ronne lead the way going 3-3 with only a Home run shy of the cycle. Grant Suddarth recorded a double and single, going 2-3. The lone RBI came off of the bat of Mitchell Friesen. "Timely hitting was something that was not in our favor today, we put the ball in play just always right at guys. It's unfortunate that Logan has to take the loss here today, he pitched extremely well and gave us a chance to win." York had guys on every inning, just couldn't get that one big hit, that timely hit to give us some momentum. Defense was great allowing only 2 errors and both coming in the bottom of the 6th to allow Utica to pull ahead 4-1.

 Saturday ----Today the Cornerstone Juniors made their way to Syracuse Nebraska. In the top of the 1st inning, the Junior Bankers struck first with a 2 out infield single by Braden Knight. Knight scored Jared Onnen, and Mitchell Friesen, who both reached base on consecutive walks. Going into the bottom half of the first the lead 2-0 in favor of the Junior staff. Jameson Nickels took the mound to record two very quick outs, followed by some basehits and untimely walks. At the end of the first inning the score was 3-2 Syracuse. The Junior Bankers bats were in a lull for majority of the remainder of the game. However their counterparts from Syracuse were very timely with their hitting. In the 3rd inning Nickels hit a snag, he was struggling to find the strike zone. That is when Aaron Beins came in with an attempt to stop the bleeding. Beins came in the game and walked 4 straight thus giving the Syracuse Rockets more than enough runs to keep their distance from the Junior Bankers. Tyler Dewey also came in, and got the final out of that unreal 3rd inning.
Moving into the 5th which would be the final inning for the Bankers they did manage to squeeze in 1 run with a double coming off of the bat of pinch hitter Jackson Coffin, to score the other pinch hitter Jared Fletcher.

Thanks to coach Felise for these reports.

York---  Sutton came to Levitt Stadium last night for one of York's final home games. With Jared Miller on the mound for York and a hard throwing lefty for Sutton it showed promise of being a good game. With the score knotted at 0  through 4 innings a free pass and error resulted in the first run of the game for Sutton. Score would remain 1-0 till the top of the 6th when once again base on balls and hit batter followed by a error would allow 2 Sutton runners across. York could not mount a last inning come back and suffered a 3-0 loss. Highlight of the game was a double no hitter. Jared would bend but not break getting his first no hitter of the season All 3 runs for Sutton were unearned while the pitcher from  Sutton fanned 17 York batters.

 Central City-- Juniors final two games of the tourney in Central City found them looking to change the coarse of the last few games. Five Points from GI and Shelton Gibbon stood in the way of pulling their tournament record to 500. Pitching was solid for coach Felise, as in the previous 2 days. Likewise the errors were there too. They ended up lossing both efforts. 5-2 to Five Points and 14-1 to Shelton Gibbon. Next up the 2nd of July at home.


Central City--York Juniors are spending the weekend playing ball in Central city with one game on Friday and Saturday  a double header on Sunday. Friday's opponent was the home team Central City with the home boys coming out on top 14-4. Saturday's foe was Albion with a closer contest of 5-2. Unfortunately York was not the victor. Errors doomed the Juniors through the first two games with little success at the plate. Sunday's results will be posted when available. 

 Thursday June 27, 2013

Fairbury---  York Seniors were in competition at Fairbury Wednesday evening for a 7:30 show down with the Jeffs. York jumped out to a early lead putting up 2 runs in the 1st. Aaron Tischer got the starting call on the  mound with plenty of defensive support for the 9 inning contest. They were only tabbed with one error while Tischer and Brown allowed only 4 hits. Faibury had scored 1 run in the 3rd and 4th innings to tie the score. York would putt up 6 runs in their half of the 9th to best the Jeffs 8-2.  Next action Saturday at home 12PM and 5PM

Updated stats are posted for both Junior and Senior teams through games on the 23rd of June.

     York seniors found themselves in the Championship game with Waverly Sunday evening.  Waverly was a little saltier then York and came out on top 8-0. Landon Killion pitched 4 solid innings and was relieved by Aaron Tischer who relieved the last 7 Waverly batters in a row. Errors spelled doom for the York squadin the 4th, when they committed 4 to give Waverly 5 runs on 1 hit. York is back in action Wednesday in Faibury at 7:30pm.---- Guest writer Leroy Ott


Well, we had another rough day. York was without several players this weekend, and was limited to some pitching. However, the Juniors came out and played hard. Evan Ronne got the start for the Juniors, recording two quick outs, followed by some walks. The Juniors were down 8-0 following the first inning. They didn't let that stop them, the juniors in the second inning got a little bit going. They hit the ball, put the ball in play, and didn't strike out as much. Tyler Dewey came in relief for Ronne. Dewey pitched 4.1 innings. Allowing only 3 runs! On the offensive side, it was nice to see Mitchell Friesen continue to hit the ball going 2-2, Braden Knight going 1-3 and scoring the only run of the game. Braden also put on a defensive display throwing out 2 Valpo runners at second base, thus minimizing the running game. Evan Ronne was again 1-2 with a double, with reaching base every time in the past 5 games. Final score 11-1   Submitted by coach Felise

Sunday, June 23 at 2 p.m.

Coaches are encouraged to call before departing just to be sure that the weather conditions have not changed.  We will certainly call the coaches as well.

Games 11 & 12 are on with SOS playing Seward at 4 p.m. and York and Waverly playing for the championship at 6:30 p.m.  It is likely that there will be no infield practice for the 4 p.m. game

Games 9 and 10 of the Cornerstone Senior Classic were cancelled.

York received 1.5 inches of rain last night and this morning making the field unplayable for the 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. games.

Questions may be directed to Jack Vincent at (402) 362-6009 or (402) 366-8318.

Senior Cornerstone Classic

             Last game of day three had Waverly against Seward. With Waverly on top 5-2.

              Third game of the day found York Seniors vs SOS. York came out on top 11-1.

         Saturday at Levitt Stadium has two games in the books. Amigo's defeated Central City in game one and Aurora bested David City in game two.

              The second day of the York Tournament brought Seward and Waverly into the winners bracket and David City and Aurora advance on the consolation side. Check Cornerstone Classic tab for schedule and times.

              York Seniors picked up a big opening round win over Central City in the first night of the York Cornerstone Classic. Central started on fire in the 1st putting up 3 runs on starter Tyler Brown. Thats all they would get as the starting hurler found the zone and settled down. He recorded 10 strikeouts and held them to a hand full of hits. While Tyler was doing his job the bats Jordan Walz, 3 for 4 on the night and Carsten Staehr 2 for 4 with a double and single led the way for York. York was also led by Henry Ott in center field who covered a lot of ground to snag a fly ball to the fence in the top of the 5th. Coach Lenien was all smiles has he visited with his team after the contest. Good luck to Joey and the boys the rest of the tournament. Check Cornerstone Classic tab for results and schedule
         First game of the York Cornerstone Classic pitted SOS against Lincoln Amigos with SOS coming out on top 1-0.

Fairbury--  York Juniors were in action for a mid week game in Fairbury Wednesday evening. Fairbury's hard throwing left hander kept most of the York batters subdued for the contest. Mitchel Friesen did find some success going 2 for 2 with a double and  teamate Evan Ronne had a 2 rbi triple. York was able to plate 6 runs in the 6 inning contest but fell short to the 13 Fairbury put up. Pitching for the Juniors was Logan Cobb who had 5 innings and Grant Suddarth closed it out in the 6th.  Final score 13-6 Fairbury. York back in action Saturday at Valparaiso.

ALBION--The York Seniors dropped a 4-1 decision to Albion Sunday afternoon in the nightcap of a Junior-Senior doubleheader.
   Landon Killion, who pitched five strong innings for Coach Joe Leinen's York squad, gave up four runs--only one of which was earned. Once again, fielding errors plagued the Senior Bankers. Aaron Tischer pitched the final frame for York and blanked the hosts.
   Tyler Brown, who was relegated to the designated hitter position due to an injury against Valparaiso, led York with two of the team's five hits.  Jared Miller, Henry Ott and Keagan Crawford rounded out the York offensive with a single apiece.
   The Seniors return home Thursday night as they open the York Cornerstone Classic with an
8 p.m. game against Central City at Levitt Stadium.  The Classic will run from Thursday through Sunday with eight teams participating.

---Jack Vincent


ALBION--One of the greatest gifts on Father's Day is a win. The York Juniors, winners of two of their last three games, got one for the fathers Sunday as they defeated Albion 16-9 in a road contest. Actually, the victory was done for the mothers, sisters, brothers and grandparents who were in attendance as well. With the victory, York improves it record to 4-9 for the year. 
   Coach Gene Felise was really pleased following the game as several new names made the highlight reel this day. Jared DeMers, Thomas Liermann, and Jared Fletcher each had RBI hits to contribute to the York attack. Defensive gems were recorded by Fletcher who made a diving catch, and Josh Garner who made an outstanding catch in the outfield as the Bankers had one of their best defensive performances of the season.
   Jameson Nickels got the start for York and went six innings, offering only one base on balls in picking up the victory. Aaron Beins was called upon to pitch the seventh inning for the victorious Junior squad.
   Nickels also contributed to his own cause with two hits on the afternoon. Evan Ronne, who boarded four straight times on Saturday against Ayars & Ayars, made it eight straight at bats over two games whereby he has not been retired. On Father's Day, Ronne was credited with a single and also was bruised by three opposing pitchers' offerings.
   The young Bankers are back in action Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. when they travel to Fairbury. The Juniors will find themselves on the road until they return to play a home contest on July 2nd.

---Jack Vincent

Saturday, 6-15-13

YORK--The York Cornerstone Juniors saw a tight dual between two pitchers disintegrate Saturday in the middle stages of the game when a costly York infield error set up three unearned runs for Ayars & Ayars (Lincoln High School) who went on to tack a 15-6 loss on the hosts.
Mitch Friesen led the York squad with a pair of doubles which bounced off the left field fence. Both two baggers knocked home a run each time. 
    Jackson Coffin led off the fifth inning when he drilled a single past the third baseman. With runners on first and second and nobody down, a pickoff play and a strikeout doused the rally. Even though Evan Ronne didn't have an official at bat, he was cited by his coach for reaching first four times, all on walks.
York head coach Gene Felise indicated that Logan Cobb, his starting pitcher, threw really well. After he surrendered four runs in the top of the first, Cobb settled down and was solid until the infield blunder at second based allowed three runs to cross home plate as Ayars took a comfortable lead at 8-3.

York (3-8) is back in action tomorrow with an afternoon contest at Albion.

---Jack Vincent

   Stromsburg-  York Cornerstone Junior and Senior teams were in Stromsburg Thursday night for the kick off of their annual Swedish Festival. The Juniors was first on the field with a impressive outing from Aaron Beins. He went 5 and 2/3 innings until Evan Ronne came in for the save. Coach Felise was thrilled to comment on a great pitching performance and only two errors on the evening. Racking up hits for the Juniors was Braden Knight,Tyler Dewey, Grant Suddarth, Mitchel Friesen and Auston Calvert who had 3 rbi's on the night. Congrats to coach Felise and his team on a good 12-11 win over SOS. Next up Ayers and Ayers Saturday afternoon at home.

    After the Juniors finished business the Seniors were next up for the night cap game with SOS.  Like their younger counter parts the Seniors had another solid outing from Jordan Walz. A complete game 11-8 win. York's defense was up to the task only allowing two runs through the first 6 innings, while their bats came two life pounding out 11 runs. Tyler Brown was 3 for 4 in the game with Jared Miller 3 for 5. Keagan Crawford , JT Suddarth and Landon Killion all recorded a hit in the game. Next up for York is a weekend outing with Albion. Check Senior schedule tab for time and place.

   Cornerstone Baseball is inviting all of its alumni to return to Levitt Stadium on Saturday, June 29 for the afternoon.  The invitations are being extended by this website, the York News-Times and social media formats.  Those who return will be asked to stand on the field with the York Seniors prior to their game with Central City at 5 p.m. as the National Anthem is played.

Those players or families of players who know they will be able to join us are asked to send an e-mail to jvincent@neb.rr.com.  The Cornerstone Baseball (aka York American Legion) is looking forward to the return of our family of former players.

---Jack Vincent (402) 362-6009

       The 2013 Cornerstone Juniors classic is in the books after a rainy Saturday. Seward boys ended up on top as they defeated Heibel Dermatalogy 12-1. Congrats to the Seward Juniors and their fans for a great tournament. In the consolation game it was Waverly the victor over Central City by the same score 12-1

       York Seniors played a double header with Aurora Saturday at Aurora. Game one York came away on top 11-1. Jordan Walz was on the mound for a complete game. York's defense showed up with no errors in the first outing. Seven hits were recorded for the Seniors with Ott, Miller and Killion driving in 2 rbi's each.                                

         Second game for the York squad went the Home teams way with Aurora on top 9-3. Killion and Makovicka were called on to throw for York with Killion recording the loss. The bats were silenced by three Aurora pitchers with only three hits recorded for York, Miller, Suddarth and Wolfe. York will be inaction Wednesday at home following the Juniors.

       We are through two games in the Sunday lineup. Heibel won over the Central City Juniors 14-4, and Seward bested Waverly 12-1. Setting up the final two games of the Classic tournament. Waverly and Central City at 4pm. Seward and Heibel following for the championship.

The field is being worked at this time.  It is anticipated that the game between Heibel Dermatology and Central City will resume close to 11:00 a.m., possibly 15-30 minutes late.  For planning purposes, the tournament director is hoping to be on time.  The game will be started with approximately 90 minutes left in the two-hour time limit.  Therefore, games 8, 11 and 12 should be on time barring weather problems or extra inning games.  See the Cornerstone Classic link and scroll to Junior brackets to see pairings and game times for Sunday's games.

If you have any questions, please contact Jack Vincent at 366-8318 and not the tournament director since he is one of the two or three people working on the field at this time.

This website will be updated if there are further delays or cancellations due to weather-related conditions.

Thank you. 


  June 8, 2013

Due to a heavy downpour which accompanied lightning and thunder, Game 7 of the Cornerstone Classic was suspended until Sunday.  Game 8 between Seward and Waverly, scheduled for 8 p.m. this evening is also going to be played on Sunday.  Please refer to the Cornerstone Classic link of this website to get the estimated time of Sunday's games.  The goal is to start the resumption of Game 7 at 11:00 a.m. and that may be a bit optimistic.  However, weather permitting, four games will be played tomorrow.

York, SOS, Aurora and Dwight will not play on Sunday due to the cancellation of Games 9 & 10.  SOS coach is asked to contact Brian or Jack to acknowledge receipt of this word.  All other coaches have been notified in person.

Central City and Heibel Dermatology fans were give rain checks for the game to be resumed.  Those same fans have been asked to pay for the second game they watch tomorrow if they stay for it.

York hopes to have a playable surface tomorrow and a lot of fans on hand to enjoy a day of baseball.

Jack Vincent

      5:40 P.M. Games 7&8 have been cancelled due to field conditions. We plan on having Sunday games if field conditions are suitable.


     As of 5P.M. Saturday the Classic Tournament is in its 3rd game of the day. We are receiving some rain. But games are not cancelled yet. Cancellation will be posted on website.Please check back 

      York Juniors drop their second game of the tournament 2-10 to the Juniors of SOS. They are  scheduled to play Sunday at 11:00 pm.    

   Results for the Cornerstone Classic Juniors Tournament. Second day winners Seward and Waverly. Scores and schedule click on Cornerstone Classic tab    


       The York Cornerstone Juniors started play in the 2013 Cornerstone Classic Thursday evening against a tough Central City squad.  Once again it was a long night for the Juniors. Errors, and walks are what started the Central City 2nd and 3rd innings. Jameson Nickels could not find a rhythm  on the mound resulting in several walks, followed by some uncharacteristic errors by the Junior squad. At the plate the Juniors managed only 2 hits however they scored 7 runs due to some havoc on the base paths, and selective hitting. Tyler Dewey and Aaron Beins were the duo to get the only 2 hits for the juniors. Beins also came in to shut the door on Central City and did just that. York lost the game 14-8, but showed some fight to come back from a 14-1 deficit  at one time. The juniors will be back in action on Saturday at 11 am against SOS.

           York Seniors lost in Hebron this evening 4-6

Classic Coaches--Please be at Levitt Stadium one hour prior to first pitch for the coin toss and the isuance of team instructions.

          The York Junior stats are posted for viewing. Stats are current through The Seward game

          Flat was the  one and only word coach Felise used to describe his teams effort after a 0-15 outing against the visiting Seward Bluejays. The Bluejay pitcher kept them unbalanced all night striking out 13 and not letting one runner past third base. York used 5 pitchers and gave up 5 errors in the game. Flat. Next up Cornerstone Classic starts Thursday with two games. Check website for schedule.


         Rescheduled game with Valparaiso from the 25th of May is June 22nd @ 2p.m.                            

         The York Juniors were host to the Aurora ball team for a double header at Levitt Saturday. The Boys started well posting 4 runs in the bottom of the first. Unfortunately they couldn't keep the scoring going and dropped the opener 20-8. The second game brought a much closer game thanks to the fine job on the hill for Jameson Nickels. Going into the top of the 5th only down 1 run 4-3, they gave up 3 runs. York's bats were silence by the Aurora closer, and was unable to score in the remaining innings.  Next up for the Juniors the Cornestone Classic Tournament starting next Thursday.


     Seniors got another solid performance from Tyler Brown on the mound to pick up the win in their second day of the Wahoo Tournament. He recorded 9 strikeouts, with all 4 of Ponca/Wakefields runs being unearned. The seniors did bring the offense after being stymied the night before. Jared Miller led the way with 2 hits and 3 rbi's. Landon Killion and Henry Ott both with 2 hits each. With Andrew Makovicka drilling a double to help secure the win. Coach Leinen was happy with the teams approach Saturday, "we just need to clean the defense up". They started the game committing 4 errors in the first ended up with 6 overall. In the end York was still to much winning 12-4. Next up ? Pool play will be decided later this evening.

   The York Cornerstone Seniors traveled to Wahoo Friday and took on the hosts in the first round of the Wahoo Summer Tournament.  Wahoo was not too kind to the bankers as they scored four runs in the second inning and added eight in the fourth enroute to a 13-0 thrashing and first-round victory in pool play.

   B. Darnell, the Wahoo pitcher, limited York to three hits and two walks in the five inning affair.  Tyler Brown and Henry Ott picked up infield singles and Zach Snodgrass punched one up the middle to round out the York offense. 

Landon Killion, the York starter, was roughed up for seven runs on three hits while walking two.  However, only two of the seven runs were earned as the Cornerstone defense weakened in this opening round.  Aaron Tischer spelled Killion on the mound in the fourth and was charged with six more runs, only one of which was unearned.  Once again, this showed that the York defense was porous.

York is back in action Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. when it takes on Wakefield at Sam Crawford Field.  York's season record now stands at 2-2.

    The Juniors were back inaction Thursday night at the friendly confines of Levitt Stadium. Coming off a victory in Pleasant Dale, Hastings would be their next victim. Aaron Beins was called on to start the game on the mound. He pitched well holding the Tigers to 3 runs in as many innings. The fourth inning he gave up 3 runs and had to turn over the reins to Logan Cobb. In the game York gave up 6 hits which resulted in 8 runs. Cornerstone offense did get 10 hits. Leading the way with a 3 for 3 night at the plate was Mitch Friesen, along with teamates Jameson Nickels 2 hits and Auston Calvert a timely 2rbi double. York's 10 hits only mustered 6 runs. With 4 fielding errors and a hand full of running miscues the Juniors could not over come the mistakes. Coach Felise was smiling after the game realizing season is early and mistakes can be fixed. Next up Aurora in York for double header Saturday starting at 2pm.


    Cornerstone Baseball will be recognizing all of its contributors on Wednesday, June 12 prior to the Valparaiso v. York Senior game at Levitt Stadium.  Sponsors will be asked to join the Senior players on the field for the National Anthem.  All sponsors have been invited to attend and further asked to RSVP to Jack Vincent at 362-6009 if they (or a designated representative) can attend the evening's fun.  As of 5-31-13, only six sponsors have given Jack an RSVP.

If you are a sponsor or represent a sponsor as an employee or member of that organization, please send in an RSVP as soon as possible.

Without the sponsors to include Cornerstone Bank, the major corporate sponsor, there would be no Legion baseball in York.

---Jack Vincent

May 29, 2013

       Seniors played the night cap against UBC at Levitt. They could not let their younger counter parts one up them. With a 7-1 victory they brought their record to 2-1. Jordan Walz pitched a complete game for York holding them to 1 run on the night. York played the long ball with Henry Ott punching a solo homer in the second and Jared Miller a triple the sixth. Next up for the Seniors is a tournament in Wahoo over the weekend check the schedule on line for times.

       York Juniors was in action against UBC ( Utica /Beaver Crossing) at Levitt Stadium Tuesday evening. They acme up with their second win of the year with a solid 6-1 victory over the visiting Badgers. Jameson Nickels started on the mound for York, giving them 4 strong innings. They called Aaron Beins to come in and grab the save. Offensively for York Braden Knight lead the way with 2 hits and 2 rbi's. Nickels and Cobb added a hit apiece.Next up is Hastings at home Thursday night at 6PM.

       York Seniors brought their record even after a 4-2 win in Pleasant Dale Thursday night. Throwing  for the Seniors was Tyler Brown. He gave them a complete game while recording ten strikeouts. Holding the home team to two runs was not a problem with Brown's arm and outstanding play from Aaron Tischer and Andrew Makovicka. The offense was lead by Jordan Walz with a double and single. Jon Fletcher and Tyler brown added singles also. Next up Valparaiso Saturday night.

       The Juniors was first to go Thursday in Pleasant Dale. Coming of a last inning come from behind win the night before. They seemed poised for their next challenge. The only problem was the boys from Pleasant Dale was ready too. Holding York to a no hitter. The only run for York came in the 3rd, three free passes and a error brought home the only York run. Logan Cobb started well holding them scoreless for three and a third innings, then the bats came alive for P Dale. The loss evens the Juniors record to 1-1 on the year. Next up Valpo Saturday. Check schedule for time and directions.

   Both York teams was in action Thursday evening. Seniors won 4-2, Juniors suffering first loss of season 11-1. More game details to come later.

York Cornerstone Junior and Seniors opened the 2013 season Wednesday at Levitt Stadium against the SOS teams. Juniors started their season with 7-6 win. Seniors followed behind but could not find the magic. Ended with a 7-9 loss.  Both teams will be in Pleasant Dale Thursday night for game two on their schedule.

York Cornerstone Seniors

Game time change for the June 8, 2013 double header at Aurora. Games will now start at 12pm. Any questions please call your coach.



Parents and players of Cornerstone Juniors:

The game listed for Friday, May 31 against David City and the game listed against Seward Gold on Tuesday, June 25 have been canceled because David City will not have a Junior team and Seward will not have a second Junior team.  Please make the appropriate changes to the schedules you received on May 5 at the orientation.  If you are reading this site, please let me know at jvincent@neb.rr.com.


One thing I failed to point out is the fact that it is not too late to sign up to be a sponsor of Cornerstone Baseball and we do need your help.  As a matter of fact, two parents asked about it following the meeting.  Should you wish to be a banner sponsor or a $175 sponsor, you must act quickly to get your name on the poster schedule which will be printed within the next 7 days.  We will have plenty of time to get a banner made for you if you are interested.  Those who are interested should call me immediately to get a letter which outlines the benefits of sponsorship.

All levels of donations receive at least one season pass.  Banner and regular sponsors get four season passes for the season, good to all home games except the Class B, Area 4 Junior Tournament in York.  It is never too late to be a contributor at any level.

Jack Vincent

York Cornerstone Baseball learned in January that Levitt Stadium and the Cornerstone Baseball Committee had been selected to host the Class B, Area 4 Junior Baseball Tournament in York from July 12-16.  The last time York was selected to host an area tournament was in the summer of 2011 when the Senior Area Tournament was held at Levitt Stadium.
See the team schedule link to see the locations for the Senior state and area tournament sites and the State site for the Juniors.


    The Cornerstone Baseball program is still in search of public address announcers for next year but the initial training is taking place right now.  If you love baseball and enjoy talking, we would enjoy it if you would come by the press box to see how it is done.