Lady Hornets rebound for split vs. Pelican Rapids
Decked out in jackets, stocking hats and hand warmers, the Frazee softball team split a Heart O'Lakes Conference doubleheader against visiting Pelican Rapids Tuesday.
The Lady Hornets lost a close extra-inning game 7-5, but rebounded with a convincing 18-5 throttling of the Vikings in game two.
The frigid temperatures affected defense for both teams, but both squads were able to find their offense with solid production at the plate.
"Both teams battled the distraction of the cold evening and it no doubt affected the defensive play of both teams," said Frazee head coach Dave Trautman.
"I know that we are a much better team defensively than we showed in these two games."
The Lady Hornets were hindered by seven errors in game one and five in the nightcap, while Pelican Rapids had eight boots in the second game.
In the first game Pelican Rapids played much better in the field, and took full advantage as the Lady Hornets had their problems, committing seven errors to the Vikings' one.
Emma Buhr handled the pitching for the Lady Hornets, and she surrendered seven runs on eight hits and six walks, while giving up only three earned runs on the night.
Offensively, the Hornets had four hits courtesy of Alexis Tappe, Kari Shipman, Bayleigh Antonsen and Chloe Streeper.
Frazee held strong in the top of the fourth inning after Pelican Rapids loaded the bases with no outs, but ended up with no scores.
Shipman started the bottom of the fourth with a double and scored to put her team up 3-2.
But the Vikings added a run in the fifth and two more in the sixth.
The Lady Hornets tied the game back up in the bottom of the sixth to eventually force the extra inning.
Pelican Rapids put two runs on the board in the top of the eighth and blanked the home team to take the 7-5 win.
In the second game, the Lady Hornets were the visiting team and jumped off to a 4-0 lead in the first inning, as their bats came to life.
"Offensively, it was nice to see the bats come to life in the second game," Trautman said.
"We have the capability of being a good hitting team, and banging out 12 hits in this game will hopefully be a jump start for things to come."
Tappe, Shipman, Sadie Stender and Chloe Streeper all had hits in the four-run first inning to give the early lead to Frazee.
The Lady Hornets still had one more inning in which they struggled defensively, however, with three errors in the bottom of the first, which helped the Vikings knot up the score at 4-4 after one inning of play.
The Lady Hornets then opened up the game with seven more runs in the second inning.
This time the lead would hold, as Frazee built on the 11-4 score to eventually win by the score of 18-5 in the five-inning game.
Brittney Blauert handled the pitching chores for the Lady Hornets, and she had an excellent first game outing as she gave up only one earned run while allowing just three hits and three walks.
Offensively, Taylor Tappe had a big game as she banged out four hits.
Streeper had two hits, while Alexis Tappe, Kari Shipman, Antonsen, Stender, Ashley Bachmann and Buhr had one hit apiece.
Frazee will travel to face Lake Park-Audubon Monday for one game, starting at 4:30 p.m., and will host Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton for another HOL Conference doubleheader match-up on Thursday at 4 p.m.
Pelican Rapids at Frazee, Tuesday, April 19.
Vikings 101 012 02 - 7 8 1
Hornets 100 112 00 - 5 4 7
Pelican 401 00 - 5 3 8
Frazee 472 05 - 18 12 5