Qwin Zabokrtsky pitched a complete game shutout against Crete Tuesday night at Christensen Field in Beatrice.
Zabokrtsky won the pitcher's duel 1-0, improving the Orangemen record to 3-2 on the season. It was the third straight win for Beatrice after starting the season 0-2.
Zabokrtsky pitched all seven innings, giving up no runs on three hits while striking out eight batters. He was also able to work around four defensive errors made by the Orangemen.
"Qwin was able to get ahead of hitters by throwing a lot of strike ones," said Beatrice coach Chris Belding. "If you do that, you can use your curve ball and change up more and Qwin threw his change up really well. He had guys out on their front foot. So once you get strike one, you can really dictate the game from there."
Crete's Nate Mensik nearly matched Zabokrtsky, but he allowed a run in the third inning, which would be the difference in the game.
Will Reimer got that third inning rally started with a lead off single. He then advanced to second when Zack Hoffman reached with a walk.
Reimer then stole third and eventually scored on a wild pitch to give Beatrice the 1-0 lead.
Both teams went down in order in the fourth inning. Crete got their lead off batter on in the fifth inning, but he never got past first base. Another runner reached in the sixth inning, but he also didn't get past first base.
Crete got their lead off batter on in the seventh inning, but he was picked off by Zabokrtsky at first base. With two outs, they had a batter reach on an error, but Zabokrtsky induced a fly ball out to end the game.
"The Crete pitcher also threw a really good game," Belding said. "He has two different kinds of curve balls, a bigger curve and then more of a slurve that has sharp, late movement. We had some troubles with him."
Beatrice had just three hits in the game -- a single each from Reimer, Griffen Vater and Zack Zimmerman.
Belding said after a tough first few games, his team settled in during the Seward game when they scored three runs in an inning and then added more later in the game.
"I think that game got the kids going," Belding said. "I've been telling them we can be a good team if we put things together and we are starting to see that. The defense is playing OK, the offense is scoring just enough runs and the pitching has been really good."
Beatrice will be in action again on Friday when they travel to Class B No. 1 ranked Waverly.