GAME STORY: Borden County ends Ira’s season with hard-fought 2-1 win

HERMLEIGH — Ira’s Karson Valentine and Borden County’s Zane Allen matched zeroes for most of the evening Friday in a one-game Region I-1A semifinal playoff at Hermleigh’s Cardinal Field. But the Coyotes got to Valentine for two runs in the first and made that stand up in a hard-fought 2-1 victory.

Valentine deftly pitched out of trouble for most of the game, but three walks and a hit batter led to Borden County’s big first inning, and that was all the support needed for Allen, who surrendered one unearned run over seven innings on two hits and two walks with eight strikeouts.

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