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Frazee senior pitcher Alexis Tappe hurls a pitch during the Section 6-1A playoff game against Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale Tuesday in Pelican Rapids. BRIAN BASHAM/TRIBUNE

Section 6-1A Softball: BH/V answers Frazee’s rallies

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Momentum stolen prevented the Frazee softball team from advancing to the Section 6-1A championship game, as the Lady Hornets fell to Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale 12-7 in Pelican Rapids Tuesday.

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The No. 5 seeded Raiders (9-12) were able to put together a four-run third and back-breaking five-run sixth to secure their berth in the title game against the winner of No. 2 Frazee (16-6) and No. 1 New York Mills (21-2) Thursday in Pelican Rapids.

The Lady Hornets made several comebacks on the Raiders, but each and every time, BH/V answered with a rally of their own to key their win.

“That’s the way it went, where we made a comeback and (BH/V) would answer,” said Frazee head coach Dave Trautman.

The last one came in the sixth inning, after Frazee tied the game 6-6 with a three-run fifth to build some serious momentum heading into the final 1.5 innings.

Frazee senior pitcher Alexis Tappe started off dominant by striking out the first two Raider batters in the sixth, but then lost some of her accuracy, walking three, which was combined with two Lady Hornet errors.

All that led to five unearned Raider runs.

“We had a couple of lapses on defense and Bertha hit the ball when they needed to,” Trautman said. “We had some good momentum after tying it in the fifth and striking out the first two in the top of the sixth, but things turn the other way for them.”

BH/V’s No. 7 hitter, Jordyn Glenz came up with the clutch three-run bases-clearing single to put her team up 12-6.

Glenz finished the game going 3-4 with four RBIs.

Frazee added a run in the bottom half of the frame, after Paige Hanson drew a leadoff walk and Tappe eventually hit her in with a two-out single.

In the fifth, Frazee was able to tie the game after scoring three, which started with an Autumn Mahoney double and was keyed by a two-run single from Jo Shipman.

But the momentum didn’t last long with the Raiders’ five-run sixth, and they added another in the top of the seventh.

Kirstin Korfe picked up the win for the Raiders by going the distance and allowing seven hits, three earned runs, five walks and one strikeout.

Tappe was tagged with the loss with nine walks, eight strikeouts and allowing 10 hits and seven earned runs.

Mahoney had two hits to lead the Lady Hornets.

“Autumn has really been hitting well,” Trautman added.

Frazee was an 8-7 winner over New York Mills last week in the playoffs, with the rematch ending the losing team’s season, something which Trautman and his team hope isn’t coming up for them.

“The thing is you have to go in thinking you need to win one, because if you go in thinking you need to win three, that’s a major obstacle,” Trautman said.

“If you don’t win the first one, you are done anyways.”

The Frazee and New York Mills matchup will start at 3 p.m. and the winner advances to play Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale after, in which they will have to beat the Raiders twice to earn a state berth.

Hornet results - Section 6-1A playoffs: (5) Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale vs. (2) Frazee at Pelican Rapids, Tuesday, May 28

Raiders    004 115 1 – 12 10 4

Hornets   011 131 0 – 7   7  3

Frazee

                        AB    R      H      Bi

K. McCorquodale 3  0      0      0

A. Mahoney     3      1      2      1

A. Tappe          4      0      1      1

K. Barlund        4      2      1      1

A. Bachmann   3      1      1      1

T. Tappe           3      1      0      0

J. Shipman       4      0      1      2

A. Bauer           4      0      1      0

P. Hanson        1      2      0      0

Totals               29   7      7      6

2B: Mahoney, Bachmann

Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale

                        AB    R      H      Bi

S. Moenkedick 4      1      2      2

E. Kern             2      2      1      1

K. Karfe            3      1      1      0

T. Moenkedick  2      2      1      1

S. Wenger        4      1      0      0

T. Wangerin      3      2      1      0

J. Glenz            4      1      3      4

H. VanHale       4      0      0      0

Julie Iliff            2      2      1      1

Totals               28   12   10   9

2B: S. Moenkedick, Glenz, Iliff

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-k): Fraz – A. Tappe (LP) 7-10-12-7-9-8…BHV: K. Karfe (WP) 7-7-7-3-5-1

(Follow Brian Wierima on Twitter at DLSportsGuy.)

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Brian Wierima
Detroit Lakes Newspapers Sports Editor for the last 15 years. St. Cloud State University graduate, who hails from Deer Creek, MN. 
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