Cora DeBoer’s bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the seventh inning lifted the Fairbury Jeffs softball team to a 2-1 win over the Freeman Falcons on Thursday night at the Fairbury Softball Complex.
The season-opener for both teams turned out to be quite the pitchers’ duel. The Falcons and Jeffs each finished with only six hits. The low-scoring affair was tied 1-1 after the fourth inning.
Fairbury’s Delaney Miller was the winning pitcher for the home team. The senior tossed a full seven innings, allowing just six hits and one earned run. She struck out eight batters and walked none.
Freeman’s Addison Dorn took the loss on the mound. The junior tossed 6.0 innings, allowing five hits and two runs. Only one of those runs was earned. Dorn also struck out five batters and walked three others.
Freeman committed two fielding errors in the game.
Fairbury goes on the road Tuesday to face the Fillmore Central Panthers. First pitch from Geneva is set for 6 p.m. That game can be heard on KUTT 99.5 FM and streamed online at KWBE.com
Beatrice meanwhile played a doubleheader Thursday as part of the Norris-Beatrice-Southern triangular at Norris.
The Lady Orange defeated Southern 9-1 and Norris 5-4.
In the first game against Southern, Beatrice scored six runs in the top of the sixth inning to secure the victory.
In the second game, Beatrice led Norris 5-3 entering the bottom of the sixth inning. The Titans scored one run in the bottom of the sixth, but ultimately fell short.
The Lady Orange will face Hastings at home on Saturday as part of a triangular with Gretna. First pitch against the Tigers at Hannibal Park is set for 10 a.m.
Beatrice will face Gretna after the Dragons take on Hastings.