NEBRASKA CITY – Once the top half of the 7th inning rolled around, there was little question.
Nebraska City baseball coach Kyle Furgeson was going to send his starting pitcher, junior Jordan Williams, out to the mound to try and wrap up his second complete game of the season.
The right-hander struck out 11 and threw over 90 pitches through six innings, his team leading 4-0.
Beatrice (6-6) had a flicker of hope, as third baseman Austin Burroughs led off the top of the seventh with a double, and catcher Zack Zimmerman followed that with a full-count walk.
Furgeson came out to the mound to have a word with his pitcher, but Williams remained.
That quick word was all that was needed, apparently. Williams struck out his last two batters, and Zimmerman was tagged out in a rundown between first and second base, allowing the Pioneers (6-7) to keep their 4-0 win intact.
The win snapped a three-game losing skid for Nebraska City, and it marked the fourth straight win over Beatrice dating back to 2016.
Williams (3-2) finished with 105 pitches thrown through seven innings, striking out a career-high 13 batters and walking just three. He also limited Beatrice to just four hits.
Nebraska City scored a pair of runs in the first, and in the fifth inning. Their second run of the game scored on a throwing error with two outs. Another scored on a wild pitch with bases loaded in the fifth.
As a pitching staff, Beatrice allowed just three free passes, but the two errors and the consequential pair of unearned runs scored by Nebraska City loomed large.
Will Reimer (0-2) made his first start on the mound for Beatrice since Apr. 12, and pitched the first three innings. He allowed just two hits and two runs (one earned), while striking out one and walking no batters. He did however, hit a batter to lead off both the first and second inning.
Beatrice is back home Thursday to host Ralston in the first round of the River Cities Conference Tournament. First pitch is slated for 5 p.m. Nebraska City meanwhile hits the road to face Crete at Tuxedo Park at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
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