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Frazee takes fourth place after solid showing

The Lady Hornets hosted an eight-team tournament this past weekend and took fourth place.  

The Hornets defeated Staples in the first game 3-0, and fell to Moorhead 6-3 and eventually lost the third-place game 5-1 against Perham.

Moorhead won the tournament after defeating Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton in the Championship game.

"Our kids played two very good games and then one not as good and that is to be expected on your second day of playing," said Frazee head coach Dave Trautman. "Defensively we did not have an error in the first game and played some excellent defense to help (pitcher) Emma Buhr come close to that near-perfect game attempt.  

"In the second game we had one error but in the third we committed three."

Buhr had another outstanding pitching performance as she threw a

one-hitter against the Lady Cardinals.   

She threw six perfect innings, with Staples-Motley getting their only hit of the game as the lead-off hitter hit a line shot to center to start the seventh inning.

The Lady Hornets scored their first run in the first inning as Alexis

Tappe led off with a single and then stole second and scored on a Kari Shipman triple.  

The Hornets picked up two more runs in the fifth

inning as Taylor Tappe reached on a walk and Shipman banged out another hit, which was followed by a Jaclyn Mickelson hit that scored both of them.

For the game the Hornets had three runs on four hits and committed no errors, while S-M had no runs, one hit and committed three errors.

The Moorhead Spuds jumped off to an early 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning, as they used a walk and two hits

along with a passed ball

The Lady Hornets were able to pick up a run of their own as Shipman reached on a Spud error and also scored on another error, when Mickelson hit a flyball to the Spud centerfielder that she wasn't able to handle.

Moorhead extended their lead to 6-1 as they picked up a single run

in the fourth inning and two more in the sixth.  

The Lady Hornets made

the game exciting by scoring two runs in the bottom of the sixth.

Chloe Streeper, Sadie Stender and Erica Ratz all had hits which plated

two Hornet runners to make the score 6-3 going into the seventh inning.

Shipman did lace out a double in the bottom of the seventh, but that was it for the Hornets.

Frazee had seven hits and committed one error.

Brittney Blauert, who had her first outing for the Hornets at pitcher, had a solid performance as she allowed six runs.

She gave up 10 hits and

three walks to a very strong hitting Moorhead team.  

The Yellowjackets jump off to an early 3-0 lead after one inning.

They also were able to score single runs in the third and fourth inning as they pushed their lead to 5-0.

The Lady Hornets on the other hand were unable to get a timely hit to stay with the Yellowjackets, leaving bases loaded in the first inning and also had runners in scoring position in two other innings.   The Hornets did break into the scoring column in the seventh inning as Ratz and Ashley Bachmann reached on walks and Alexis Tappe hit a long double to close out the scoring at 5-1.

Buhr started for the Hornets on the mound and she pitched the first five innings and Blauert came in and pitched the last two.  

The two combined for allowing just five hits and giving up two walks.  

Offensively, the Hornets had three hits, with Shipman getting two and Alexis getting the double.

"Offensively we were very similar as we had some good hits and bunted pretty well in the first two games," Trautman said. "In the third game we just didn't. Our pitching and catching was pretty good for this early season tournament.  

"This was a good sign for the Lady Hornets as both positions were not returning a lot of experience."

This week we will travel to Minneota to play Minneota-Canby at 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Browerville starting at 1 p.m.