Barnesville hampers Hornets HOL chase
The Barnesville Trojans snuck by Frazee with a pair of one-run victories at home Thursday to hamper Hornet hopes for a Heart O’ Lakes Conference championship this season.
The Trojans defeated Frazee 2-1 scoring unanswered twice in the opener and held off a last-inning rally for a sweep 6-5 in the nightcap.
The Hornets (11-4, 7-3) entered the doubleheader atop the conference at 7-1 and fell to third place with two HOL games remaining against second place Perham (10-4, 6-2).
The Yellowjackets are the cog in the standings. Perham and Barnesville end the regular season Thursday, May 25 at Barnesville in a doubleheader that will decide the fate of all three teams.
In Thursday’s opener, Frazee’s lone run came in the third unearned when Logan Wacker scored on a Dalton Smith fly ball misplayed in right field.
Barnesville tied the game in the fourth and took the lead in the sixth when Cole Tharaldson scored on a Joey Roste single to centerfield.
Brady Tweeton picked up the victory striking out seven Hornets. Thomas Stenger allowed only five hits and struck out five in a tough luck loss.
Wacker and Gabe Drewes each had two hits for Frazee.
The Trojans scored in five of seven innings, including the eventual game-winner in the top of the sixth to earn the victory in game two despite being outhit 11-7.
Tharaldson earned a full count walk off reliever Tanner Tappe to go up 6-3.
Frazee rallied with two outs in their final at-bats when Jon Hoffmann scored on a Jaden Guhlke single and Christian Weldon came home on a bases-loaded force-out at third base that ended the game.HOL Standings - Thursday, May 11Barnesville 5-1 11-1
Perham 6-2 10-4
Frazee 7-3 11-4
D-G-F 5-5 6-5
Breckenridge 4-6 7-7
Hawley 3-6 4-8
Pelican Rapids 1-8 2-11