Beers wins 100th career softball game

Jesse Beers collected his 100th career win as Fredonia varsity softball coach at the prestigious James “Ace” Morabito Softball Tournament earlier this season. OBSERVER File Photo

The Fredonia ‘Billies softball team has been racking up a lot of monumental achievements over the past few weeks. In fact, so much so that their own coach’s highlight win slid under the radar.

Jesse Beers collected his 100th career win as Fredonia varsity softball coach at the prestigious James “Ace” Morabito Softball Tournament. But with how great the team has been this year, it wasn’t at the forefront of anyone’s minds.

That same weekend, Fredonia not only earned co-champion honors of one of the state’s biggest tournaments, but star senior pitcher Jordan Lucas notched her 500th career strikeout. Lucas also hit a walk-off home run to earn Fredonia a spot in the title game, which was then rained out, causing both teams to be named co-champions.

But the accolades did not stop there. Fredonia followed up its showing at the tournament with two more monumental wins.

First, on Tuesday, May 7, Danielle Palisin stepped into the circle and delivered the ultimate feat in sports, a perfect game. Her flawless performance featured 12 strikeouts in a 10-0 victory over Jamestown.

Then, on Thursday, May 9, Fredonia rolled over Olean 13-1 to clinch at least a share of the CCAA Division 1 West league championship. To make the feat even more impressive, Fredonia has done so without dropping a game all year. Fredonia improved to 14-0 on the season after the win over Olean.

In the midst of a quest for a third consecutive Section VI title, Beers has now racked up his win tally to triple digits, and he has done so quite efficiently. Beers has won 85% of his games since becoming the head coach in 2017. In seven seasons, excluding the cancelled 2020 season, Beers has won at least 13 wins every year. His teams have won at least three times as many games as they have lost, and have never lost more than five games overall. That streak will continue this year, as Fredonia’s strong start is coupled with the fact that its schedule does not contain enough games including the postseason to possibly lose that many games this season. He is a back-to-back Sectional Champion and former CCAA Division 1 West Coach of the Year.

Fredonia’s team has consistently said it hopes to get over the hump to make a trip to States this year. However, whether or not that final goal comes to fruition, this has already been a monumental year for Fredonia, and already a pretty great year for its pretty great coach.


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