HASTINGS – The softball season came to an end Thursday for Fairbury and Fillmore Central/Exeter-Milligan after being knocked out in elimination games at the state tournament.
Fairbury played a pair of extra-inning thrillers out of the loser’s bracket, beating Chadron 10-8 in eight innings before falling to Arlington 2-1 in eight.
Fairbury and Chadron were tied at five after five innings before Fairbury got an RBI single from Marah Shumard in the sixth and a solo home run by Sarah McCown in the seventh to go up 7-5. But in the bottom of the seventh a hard ground ball hit pitcher Delaney Miller in the face, knocking her out of the game. Chadron’s Peyton Underwood then hit a two run homer to force extra innings.
In the eighth a two run double by Jaelle Johnson and a sacrifice fly for Macy Ohlde gave the Jeffs the lead for good.
The Arlington game was a low scoring battle with Ohlde pitching seven scoreless innings, but Arlington’s Alexa Brenn matching her. In the eighth Fairbury finally scored when a bunt by Shumard was misplayed, allowing Cora DeBoer to score from second, but Arlington got two in the bottom half to end Fairbury’s season.
Meanwhile Auburn dealt Fillmore Central/Exeter-Milligan a knockout blow in the first game of the day, scoring multiple runs in each inning for a 15-4 victory in five innings. Sydney Schelkopf and Alexis Schmidt each had two hits and an RBI for the Panthers, but the Auburn offense was too much.