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Frazee softball ends playoff run with 6-5 loss to Fergus Falls

It was a good push into the Section 8-2A playoffs for the Frazee softball team, but the end eventually came Saturday.

The Lady Hornets opened up play against the Park Rapids Panthers, one of the teams from the north half, with Frazee coming out victorious with a 7-3 victory.

The Lady Hornets advanced to play Fergus Falls for the second time in the tournament, but this time the Otters were victorious, 6-5.

Fergus Falls moved on to defeat Thief River Falls by the score of 10-8, with the Otters advancing to the Championship game(s) with Ottertail Central Thursday.

The game will be played in Frazee at 3 p.m.

If the Otters defeat OTC, they would play at 5 p.m. If OTC wins the first game, the Bulldogs will advance to the Class 2A state tournament.

The Lady Hornets jumped off to an early lead against Park Rapids Saturday, as they scored four times in the bottom of the first.

Kari Shipman, Steph Montoya, Abby Berven and Desi Gigstead all racked up runs.

Shipman, Montoya and Streeper had the RBI hits in the inning.

Park Rapids picked up single runs in the second and fourth innings, however, to close the gap to 4-2.

The Hornets answered back, as Brittney Blauert had a base hit and was advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Erica Ratz. She later scored on a base hit by Chelsea Nordquist.

The Hornets added two more in the sixth, as Blauert reached and was again sacrificed by Ratz, then scored on a hit by Shipman, which was followed by a double from Montoya to score Shipman and give the Hornets a 7-2 lead going into the seventh inning.

Park Rapids did pick up a single run in the seventh with three base hits, but that was the end of the scoring, as a couple of ground ball outs ended the game.

For the game, the Hornets scored their seven runs on eight hits and two walks and were aided by three Panther errors.

The Panthers picked up their three runs on nine hits and had no walks, while the Hornets committed one error in the game.

Montoya picked up the win, as she went the distance for the Lady Hornets.

The season was on the line versus Fergus Falls in a rematch, but this time the Otters were victorious, as they hit the ball well and the Hornets had some crucial errors that led to Otter runs.

The Otters scored twice in the first and third innings to take a 4-0 lead.

The Hornets gained a single run, as Shipman had a hit and after a stolen base, scored on a sacrifice fly by Berven.

The Otters added one more run in the fifth to take a 5-1 lead.

In the top of the sixth inning the Lady Hornets made it exciting, as Nordquist had a base hit, which was followed by a Montoya double, and they along with Mickelson all scored as the Otters made a couple of defensive miscues and the Hornets were within one at 5-4.

In the top of the seventh, the Hornets made it even more exciting, as Blauert led off with a hit and was sacrificed to second by Ratz.

After a ground out, Shipman came up with a big double to tie the game at 5-5 with two outs.

In the bottom of the seventh, the Otters scored the walk-off winning run, as a couple of hard hit balls got through the Hornet defense and the Otters scored with two outs, to gain the 6-5 win and the opportunity to advance in the tournament.

"We played hard throughout this Section Tournament," said Frazee head coach Dave Trautman said. "We were right there. Of the two teams that are left we beat one of them (FF) and with the exception of one inning, we outplayed the other (OTC). We knew this was going to be a good, balanced tournament as all the teams that were here on Thursday and Saturday felt they had a shot at winning it all."