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Lady Hornets take win over Ashby with all-around game

The Frazee Lady Hornet softball team hosted the 8-1 Ashby Arrows Monday, and treated the home crowd to a 9-2 win.

The Lady Hornets played an all-around solid game to gain the win.

Frazee jumped off to an early lead in the first inning, as Alexis Tappe had a single and stole second, then eventually scored on a Kari Shipman sacrifice fly.

In the second inning, the Lady Hornets built on their lead, scoring four more times as Ashley Bachmann and Taylor Tappe banged out a pair of doubles and Alexis Tappe had her second hit on the night.

This pushed the lead to 5-0, with Frazee adding one more run in the third and two more in the fourth, before Ashby got on the board to cut the Hornet lead to 8-2.

The Lady Hornets added their final run of the game in the bottom of the fifth as Brittney Blauert had a double, with Katie McCorquodale scoring on Ashley Bachmann's second hit of the night.

For the game, Ashby scored their two runs on six hits and three walks.

Frazee, on the other hand, scored nine runs on 13 hits and had two walks.

Alexis Tappe led the hit parade as she banged out three hits, and teammates Shipman, Bayleigh Antonsen and Ashley Bachmann had two hits apiece.

Emma Buhr went the distance for the Lady Hornets and picked up the win, as she struck out 11 Arrow batters while giving up 6 hits and three walks.

The Frazee softball team picked up a pair of wins with an HOL Conference sweep of Breckenridge, but fell to New York Mills Friday.

On Thursday the Lady Hornets traveled to Breckenridge and came home with a doubleheader sweep, defeating the Cowgirls by the scores of 19-4 and 15-1.

But they couldn't hold the momentum Friday, as Frazee hosted New York Mills and was defeated by the score of 8-1.

In the first game, the Lady Hornets jumped off to an early lead as they scored seven times in the top half of the first inning.

The Cowgirls answered back as they scored four times in their half of the inning.

After the first-inning scoring barrage, the Lady Hornets were the only ones to cross the plate from there on out.

The Lady Hornets picked up three runs in the second, two in the third, two in the fourth and five more in the fifth.

For the game, the Lady Hornets scored their 19 runs on eight hits, 13 walks and six Cowgirl errors.

Breckenridge, on the other hand, scored its four runs on four hits, three walks and four Hornet errors.

Buhr picked up the win for the Lady Hornets as she pitched the five-inning game.

The second game was similarly played, as Breckenridge scored once in the first and were no longer a threat, while the Lady Hornets scored 15 runs in four innings.

Frazee had six hits, along with 13 walks, which led to the offensive production.

Shipman and Blauert led the hitting attack as they each had two hits apiece.

Blauert also handled the pitching duties and picked up the win by allowing the one run on no hits --but she did give up eight walks.

In Friday's game, the runs that came so easily the night before had disappeared, as NYM made several good defensive plays to keep the Lady Hornets off the bases.

They, in turn, were enjoying great success in getting a hit when they needed one, with runners in scoring position.

The Eagles scored their eight runs on 11 hits and two walks. The Lady Hornets scored just the one run on two hits and had two walks.

Defensively, Frazee had no errors on the night while NYM committed four errors.

Buhr went the distance for the Lady Hornets and took the loss as she gave up 11 hits, but struck out 9 Eagle batters.

"We sure would have liked to have had a few of those runs on Friday that we had on Thursday, but that is the nature of the game that sometimes the stats or plays happen for you and sometimes they don't," said Frazee head coach Dave Trautman.

"There were some interesting statistics in this game which will seem strange."

The Lady Hornets had no errors defensively, while the Lady Eagles committed four errors.

But it was the hit total which made the difference, as the Lady Hornets had just two hits, while the Eagles had 11.

This week the Lady Hornets will host Hawley for a Conference Doubleheader Thursday at 4 p.m. and will host a six-team tournament Saturday.