HASTINGS -- Fairbury won their first game but lost their second game on the opening day of the Class C State Softball Tournament in Hastings.
In the first game of the day, Fairbury defeated Fillmore-Central/Exeter-Milligan 13-5, but their offense was stymied by Bishop Neumann 3-0 in the second round.
The second-seeded Jeffs will now play in an elimination game Thursday morning at 11:30 a.m. against the winner of the 9 a.m. elimination game between eighth-seeded Guardian Angels and fifth-seeded Chadron.
Fairbury would have two games on Thursday to advance to Friday, where they would have to win at least two more to win the state championship.
Fairbury made quick work of Fillmore Central/Exeter-Milligan in the first game of first round of the tournament. They won in five innings 13-5.
The Lady Jeffs scored three runs in both the first and second innings and another three runs in the fourth inning to go up 9-0.
Fillmore Central plated five runs in the top of the fifth to make it 9-5, but Fairbury countered with four runs in the bottom of the fifth to win 13-5.
The Lady Jeffs compiled 16 hits in the game, four of which came from Cora Deboer. She had a home run, two doubles and a single. She scored four runs and had two RBI’s.
Marah Shumard had three hits, four runs scored and two RBI’s. Sarah McCown, Sydney Miller and Destini Warnke had two hits each while Jaelle Johnson added a hit.
Delaney Miller picked up the win, pitching all five innings and giving up five runs (four earned) on four hits while striking out four and walking one.
Fairbury couldn't get any offense going in the second game against Bishop Neumann. They could only muster two hits in the game.
The Lady Jeffs held Bishop Neumann to just five hits, but they were able to get a run in the second inning and two big insurance runs in the sixth inning.
Both of Fairbury's hits came from DeBoer and both were singles. Miller took the loss in the circle, giving up three earned runs on five hits while striking out five and walking eight. Fairbury did have two errors in the game.
Third-seeded Bishop Neumann will now face top-seeded Malcolm on Thursday in a battle between the tournament's only two remaining unbeaten teams.
The Tournament is slated to conclude on Friday.
Fairbury is making its first appearance in the state tournament since 2012. It is the sixth time in school history they have qualified for state and they finished runner-up in 2003.