Frazee's Buhr tosses no-hitter vs. Raiders
Frazee junior pitcher Emma Buhr got right down to business in the Hornet's season opener Tuesday by tossing a no-hitter -- along with 15 strikeouts -- against visiting Lake Park-Audubon in a 7-1 victory.
Buhr, who had just one start last season, adds to a long list of dominant Frazee pitching performances over the last several years, by keeping the Raider batters off-kilter the entire game.
How confused did she have the LP-A hitters?
From innings two through five, Buhr registered 11 consecutive strikeouts on her way to 15 in the game.
She had all four of her pitches working around the plate, as she got ahead in the count early and kept challenging the LP-A batters.
"I was feeling pretty relaxed throughout the game, because I have a good team behind me," Buhr said. "I had my drop ball working towards the end and my change-up was working pretty well, too."
Buhr did have a little slump in the fifth and sixth innings by walking five in the two frames and had eight in the game total.
The only run came on two consecutive errors on a Carissa Adams' at-bat, as LP-A stranded three in the sixth.
"The big thing was that Emma was throwing strikes," said Frazee head coach Dave Trautman. "She also showed great (maturity) when she got down in the count 1-3 or 0-3 and then was able to come back and get the batter out."
The Hornet's offense also gave Buhr a good cushion by scoring two in the first inning on three walks by LP-A pitcher Christine McIntire and two errors on the defense.
Frazee jumped out to a 5-0 lead with a three-run third, highlighted by a two-run inside the park homerun by Jaclyn Mickelson, who lifted a long shot to the right-center gap to score Kari Shipman and round the bases.
Sadie Stender added an RBI single, scoring Brittney Blauert -- who also singled -- later in the frame.
Mariah Sullinger marked up an RBI in the bottom of the sixth with a pinch-hit double.
Shipman had two hits in the game, while Mickelson had two runs scored and two RBIs.
"Jaclyn and Kari are in the middle of our lineup and they are our leaders and we expect them to be the best part of our order," Trautman said.
McIntire had a decent opener, throwing six innings and allowing seven hits, walking six and striking out nine.
Five LP-A errors led to four unearned runs, as well.
"It felt good," Buhr said of the team's first win. "Hopefully we can keep it going."
The Hornets will host their tournament Saturday, starting at 10 a.m.
LP-A will play in the Menahga Tournament Saturday and will open against Cherry/Cotton at 11:30 a.m.
Lake Park-Audubon at Frazee, Tuesday, April 13.