Frazee softball using depth for wins
On a warm and sunny afternoon, the Frazee Lady Hornet softball team traveled to Perham and came home with a 13-5 victory Monday.
The Hornets jumped off to an early lead after they scored twice in the first inning, four times in the second and one more in the third to take a 7-0 lead.
Perham made it interesting when they scored two runs in the fourth and one in the fifth to close the gap to 7-3.
In the top of the sixth, the Lady Hornets re-established control by scoring five times to gain a lead of 12-3.
The seventh inning saw both teams score, as the Hornets added one run and the Yellowjackets scored twice.
Jo Shipman started on the mound for the Lady Hornets and she picked up the win.
Alexis Tappe closed out the game in the last two innings. Shipman gave up three runs on five hits and had six walks and six strikeouts, while Tappe gave up two runs on one hit and had three walks and three strike outs.
Defensively, the Hornets played well, but did commit three errors in the game, which led to runs for the Yellowjackets.
Offensively, the Lady Hornets banged out 16 hits. Tappe led the hit parade with four, while Kennady Barlund had three hits.
They were followed by two hits apiece from Katie McCorquodale, Ashley Bachmann and Shipman. Autumn Mahoney led the way in runs scored as she scored three times, while Tappe and Paige Hanson scored twice.
This was a good start of a very busy week for the Lady Hornets with nine games on the docket.
The schedule includes away doubleheaders Tuesday and Thursday at Barnesville and Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton, respectively, and a single game Friday at Walker/Hackensack-Akeley.
This will be followed up by the Frazee Invitational Saturday, where all teams will get three games.
Games will begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday morning and include Menahga, Staples-Motley, Perham, Pelican Rapids and Sebeka.
Lady Hornets open season…finally
The spring season opened for Frazee last week, as the Lady Hornets traveled Ada to take on Norman County and Paynesville last Saturday.
The Lady Hornets didn’t end as well in these outings as the first time on a field (other than shoveling).
Frazee committed seven errors in the game versus Norman County, along with 14 walks given to Norman County batters that caused an 8-3 Hornet lead to slip away.
But Frazee’s highlight was an Autumn Mahoney grand slam homerun.
The second game saw a very good Paynesville team take it to the Hornets right away, as they banged out nine hits in the first inning and coasted to a 13-1 victory.
On Thursday, the Lady Hornets had their first home game and it was a doubleheader against HOL opponent, Pelican Rapids.
The Lady Hornets had a successful outing as they swept the doubleheader by scores of 9-1 and 21-2. This was followed up by another home game win on Friday, with Lake Park-Audubon as the opponent and this time the Lady Hornets won by the score of 10-2.