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Frazee softball starts season 1-1

The Frazee Lady Hornets officially kicked off the 2009 season this past weekend by hosting their annual Invitational Softball Tournament.   The Lady Hornets varsity team took third, losing an exciting nine-inning game 6-4 in the second round to Roseau and defeating Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 12-11 in a comeback win in the final round.

"Overall, it was a good day that showed us snapshots of what this team can potentially do as they gain more experience," Frazee head coach Dave Trautman said.

In the Roseau game, the Hornets survived a couple of first inning errors in the top of the inning as pitcher Stephanie Montoya closed the door by striking out the next two batters and fielding a slow roller back to the mound.  

In the bottom of the inning, the Hornets gained their first run of the game as Chelsea Nordquist began the inning with a base hit and then stole second and scored on a base hit by Montoya.

Both teams played solid defense the next few innings as the Lady Hornets held onto their 1-0 lead until the fifth inning when they scored two more runs as Nordquist and Kari Shipman got on base and again were driven in by Montoya to take a 3-0 lead.

Roseau tied it up with three runs in the top of the sixth by using two hits, two Frazee errors and a walk to knot the score 3-3.

 In the bottom of the seventh, the Lady Hornets had an excellent chance to gain the win as Nordquist and Shipman were able to get on base again and the Hornets had one out but were unable to get the hit that would score the winning run.

In the top of the ninth, the Rams broke the game open as they scored three times. They had two timely hits that were mixed in with some Hornets errors and poor decision making on defense.  

The Hornets did put together a threat in the bottom of the ninth as they scored one and had two more runners in scoring position, but that timely hit did not happen for the Lady Hornets.

"Stephanie Montoya showed us some of the things that she able to provide in this game with three RBIs and allowed just one earned run, while striking out 11 Ram batters," Trautman said. "Once we get the defense up to speed, we will see team scoring very few runs against us."

The third-place game with DGF was a game of endurance as neither team looked very good defensively at times.

The Hornets had an especially terrible game in this aspect with 11 errors.  

The hitting, however, was much improved for the Hornets as they banged out 13 hits.

The Lady Hornets fell behind early in this game as the Rebels scored three times in the second and two in the third to take a 5-0 lead.  

In the bottom of the third, the Lady Hornets put together a big inning as they scored seven times on five hits and a couple of walks and two errors by the Rebels to take a 7-5 lead.  

The Hornets scored four more in the fourth to stretch their lead to 11-5, but then had to hang on for the win as defensive errors allowed the Rebels to stay in the game until the end which had the Hornets winning 12-11.

Nordquist and Shipman had three hits each, while Montoya, Abby Berven and Chloe Streeper banged out two hits apiece.

The Lady Hornets also had their JV team play one game in this tournament, as a team dropped out and this allowed two of the teams to get their third game of the day.  

The JV kids did a nice job battling the Pelican Rapids team but eventually lost by the score of 11-1.

The Lady Hornets will host Pelican Rapids Thursday for a 4 p.m. start.