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The Frazee softball team was a bunch of busy bees the last two weeks.

This past week the Lady Hornets played through a tough stretch in their schedule, with eight games in six days.

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The Hornets went 1-7 through this stretch, as they played a couple of very good opponents and suffered through some poor play on their part.

"This was a very challenging stretch for us," said Frazee head coach Dave Trautman. "We did not play very well during portions of these games, as we looked a little fatigued physically and especially, mentally.

"Hopefully, now that we have this stretch behind us, we will get back to playing the type of defense and offense we are accustomed to seeing."

On Thursday the Lady Hornets lost both sides of a doubleheader to the top team in the Heart O' Lakes Conference and Section, the Hawley Nuggets.  

Hawley won the first game by the score of 6-0, and also won the second game by the score of 11-5.

In the first game, Hawley's Jenny Noreen threw a no-hitter against the Lady Hornets.  

In the second game, the Lady Hornets made a much better game of it, as the score was 6-5 until the seventh inning, when Hawley blew the game open by scoring five times to win by the score of 11-5.

Frazee hosted a very good Bertha-Hewitt team Friday, May 14, and lost by the score of 6-3.  

The Hornets fell behind early, as the Lady Bears scored once in the first and twice in the third to go up by the score of 3-0.  

The Lady Hornets picked up a single run in their half of the third, as Bayleigh Antonsen and Taylor Tappe combined for a couple of hits that plated Bayleigh to close the score to 3-1.

Bertha-Hewitt scored a single run in the fourth inning, and added two more in the sixth to push the lead to 6-1.  

The Lady Hornets then had two good threats in their half of the sixth and seventh innings, plating a run in each inning and leaving the Lady Hornets with the bases loaded and one hit away from knotting the game.

On Saturday morning the Lady Hornets hosted New York Mills and Pillager in a round-robin tournament.  

This was the Lady Hornets' fourth and fifth games inside of 48 hours.  

Unfortunately, that showed, as the Lady Hornets lost both ends of the tournament games by the score of 5-2 to NYM and 10-2 to Pillager.

In the NYM game, the Lady Hornets scored first in the first inning as Tappe and Kari Shipman had base hits, which helped build a 2-0 lead.

This proved to be the only scoring for the Hornets against the NYM pitcher, as the Hornets could not adjust to the slower speed of the pitcher after facing a couple of the top hurlers in the area.

Meanwhile, the Lady Eagles were able to get themselves back in the game, as they scored one in the fourth and four more in the fifth to win the game 5-2.

In the Pillager game, the Lady Hornets had two bad defensive innings which led to three runs and five runs, respectively.  

Pillager used a strong hitting attack as they banged out 13 hits against Emma Buhr, who was pitching her third game in three days.  

Offensively, the Lady Hornets did have a highlight of their own, as Kari Shipman hit a long home run over the fence, which was the first one hit by the Lady Hornets on their home field in several years.

On Monday, the Lady Hornets hosted the Perham Yellowjackets and lost by the score of 8-6.

This was a back and forth game, as the lead exchanged hands two or three times.  

The Lady Hornets, after trailing 2-0 scored three times in the bottom of the second, as Jaclyn Mickelson, Chloe Streeper and Erica Ratz all had hits.

Perham made a comeback to take the lead in the Yellowjackets' half of the fourth, as they scored twice to put the score at 4-3.  

The Hornets followed with two runs of their own ,as Erica Ratz and Bayleigh Antonsen scored off a Taylor Tappe base hit.  

This put the Hornets in the lead at 5-4.   

After one more lead exchange, the Yellowjackets held on for an 8-6 win.

The Lady Hornets hosted WCA Tuesday for a doubleheader, and this time the Hornets got off their slide as they won the first game by the score of 5-4.  

Brittney Blauert and Emma Buhr combined for a no-hitter, but they did give up 10 walks between them.

On the other hand, the Lady Hornets scored one run in the fourth, as Jaclyn Mickelson and Sadie Stender had hits.  

In the fifth inning the Hornets added two more runs, as Shipman and Buhr reached base on walks and then scored on a long double by Mickelson.  

In the sixth inning, the Hornets added two more runs, as Ratz and Antonsen each had hits before Shipman doubled them home, and the Hornets had a 5-4 win.

In the nightcap, the Hornet struggles on the mound caught up with them, as WCA used 11 walks and four Hornet errors along with six hits to win 11-4.  

They opened up a big 8-0 head as they scored six times in the first and two times in the second.  

The Hornets scored one run in the third and three more in the fifth.  

Stender led the Lady Hornets' nine-hit attack, as she banged out three hits in the game.  

Tappe and Kari Shipman also had two hits apiece.

Frazee closed out the regular season Thursday against Breckenridge and will open Section 6-1A play Tuesday, with the opponent and site to be determined.

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