Hornets' Montoya throws no-no vs. D-G-F
A six-game winning streak was created after the Frazee softball team found its groove over the weekend.
The Hornets swept Pelican Rapids Thursday in a doubleheader, then topped Lakeview (Cottonwood) Friday by the score of 8-1, and continued the streak with a 13-1 throttling of Lac Qui Parle Valley.
The two other wins came against D-G-F, where Steph Montoya threw a one-hitter, combined with a no-hitter.
"This was a pretty good week for us, as we improved our hitting and our defensive support considerably from the first week outside," said Frazee head coach Dave Trautman. "The girls have worked hard at trying to lengthen their swings to be better line drive hitters."
Montoya sparked the Hornets in game one against Pelican Rapids, striking out 13 batters, while the defense committed just one error in the 7-0 win.
Jaclyn Mickelson added a two-run double in the third inning to put Frazee up 4-0. The Hornets finished with nine hits, while the Vikings managed just one.
Frazee jumped to a 3-1 lead after two innings in game two against Pelican Rapids, with Mickelson again hitting a two-RBI single to score both Kari Shipman and Chelsea Nordquist.
Montoya hurled a three-hitter and struck out 10.
The Hornets used timely hitting against Lakeview, scoring two runs in each of the first, second, fourth and seventh innings.
Montoya tripled in the first to score Nordquist, and Mickelson knocked in the Frazee pitcher with a triple.
Montoya had a good day at the plate with four hits, while allowing just five hits, two walks and striking out six.
A five-run fourth inning opened the game up for Frazee against Lac Qui Parle Valley to key a 13-1 win in five innings.
Offensively, the Hornets were led by Shipman and Mickelson, who each had four RBIs. Montoya had three RBIs and all three had two hits apiece to lead Frazee's nine-hit attack.
Frazee didn't have an error either.
"Defensively, the girls have worked hard at stepping up their game as they are becoming more familiar with their positions," the Hornet coach said.
Montoya also is starting to get into synch on the mound, Trautman added.
"Steph is starting to feel stronger and as she works through the early season soreness," the Frazee coach said. "She will continue to show periods where she will be able to dominate hitters."
Frazee will be at Lake Park-Audubon Thursday.
Winning streak hits six
On Tuesday the Lady Hornets were led by Montoya once again in a sweep over Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton.
She pitched both sides of the doubleheader match-up and picked up the wins by the scores of 7-1 and 6-0.
Montoya not only picked
up the wins, but threw a two-hitter in the first game and a no-hitter in the nightcap.
The only run that the DGF Rebels were able to score was in the first inning of the first game as their lead-off batter reached on an error and then scored on one of the two base hits that Montoya gave up on the night.
Meanwhile, her teammates were supporting her with excellent defensive play as that first inning error was the only error the Lady Hornets made on the night.
Mickelson made several nice catches from her defensive position in centerfield and she also threw out a Rebel runner that tried to stretch a single into a double.
On the offensive side the Lady Hornets were able to pick up several clutch hits during the course of the night.
In the first game
Nordquist had a bases loaded double that broke a close game into a 6-1 Hornet lead.
In the second game Montoya, Mickelson and Shipman all had big hits that pushed the Hornet lead to the eventual 6-0 victory.