Montoya tosses second no-hitter for Frazee softball
In a big Section 8-2A game the Frazee Lady Hornets defeated the Perham Yellowjackets by the score of 10-1.
Both teams are battling for a first-round playoff game in the section playoffs, which start next week.
"This was a good game for the Hornets to win," said Frazee head coach Dave Trautman. "Our girls are pretty focused right now and we are going to play our
best softball as we get ready for this tournament run."
The Lady Hornets scored first in the first inning as Kari Shipman had a line-drive single that bounced off the left fielder and went all the way to the fence.
By the time the Yellowjackets had recovered the ball, Shipman had made the trip around the bases for the quick 1-0 lead.
The Yellowjackets tied up the game in the second inning as Tara Sailer hit a long home run to make the score 1-1.
But it would be the last time the Yellowjackets would score as Stephanie Montoya threw a solid game in striking out 11 Perham batters.
Meanwhile the Hornet offense was able to build on their lead as they scored three times in the third, two in the fifth, three in the sixth and one more in the seventh.
The Hornets scored their 10 runs on nine hits, one being a home run by Montoya.
Shipman also had a big night at the plate with four hits in five plate appearances.
Defensively, the Hornets played solid as they did not commit an error.
On the other hand the Yellowjackets were burdened by nine defensive errors.
Frazee sweeps WCA
The Lady Hornets made a sweeping statement against the home-team West Central Area Knights, winning both games by the scores of 13-1 and 5-2 Thursday.
In the first game, the Hornets used a big first inning to jump off to a commanding lead as six Hornets crossed the plate.
The Hornets added a run in the second and fourth inning to push the lead to 8-0, and added two more in the fifth frame.
Frazee pushed the game out of reach with three runs in the sixth to win by the 10-run rule.
For the game, the Lady Hornets scored their 13 runs on eight hits and were
aided by 13 walks from the Knights pitcher.
Jaclyn Mickelson led the
way with four hits in this game.
Chelsea Nordquist added two hits, while Shipman and Sadie Stender had one hit apiece.
Defensively the Lady Hornets committed no errors, and Montoya recorded her second no-hitter of the season and added 11 strikeouts.
In the second game, the Lady Hornets again took a first inning lead as they scored three times in the bottom of the first.
Nordquist, Shipman and Montoya all reached and scored in the first inning.
WCA closed the gap as they used two hits and a Hornet error to score one run to make the score 3-1.
The Hornets scored single runs in the fifth and sixth innings, while WCA picked up a solo run in their half of the sixth to end the scoring at 5-2.
The Lady Hornets had six hits with Shipman and Montoya leading the way with two hits apiece.
Nordquist and Erica Ratz picked up the only other Hornet hits.
Defensively, the Hornets committed two errors that led to two unearned runs that WCA was able to put on the board.
Montoya gave up three hits, while walking one batter and hitting another.
She also recorded 12 strikeouts for a total of 23 in the doubleheader.
"Steph's pitching performance was excellent by adding another no-hitter," Trautman said. "We have won three in a row and hope to continue this string Thursday against a solid Staples-Motley team."
The Sub-Section 8-2A playoffs begin Tuesday, May 19, with Frazee hosting a game at 5 p.m. against Staples-Motley, Perham or Ottertail Central.