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Lady Hornets take 7-of-8

Frazee’s Autumn Mahoney gets tagged out at home plate Saturday during the Frazee Tournament. BRIAN BASHAM/TRIBUNE

With the backed up schedule, the Frazee Lady Hornet softball team had eight games on the slate last week and were able to be victorious in seven of them.

This was a full week of travel for Frazee, as they started with a win at Perham on Monday and then followed that up with a double header sweep of Barnesville on the road.

Thursday, the Lady Hornets traveled to the undefeated and Class 2A state ranked Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton and earned a split, with a 7-1 win in the second game. 

On Friday, the Hornets traveled to Walker for a single game and came home with an 11-0 victory. 

This brought the Lady Hornets to Saturday, where the Hornets hosted a six-team tournament which would set up three teams in each pool, with a final round where the pool placements would match up. 

Due to the high winds and cold temperatures, it was decided to reduce the number of games for all teams to just two and have two pool champions. 

The Lady Hornets were able to win their pool, as they defeated Menahga by the score of 3-1 and followed that up with an exciting win over Staples-Motley by the score of 8-7.

In the other pool, Perham won as they defeated Pelican Rapids by the score of 5-3 and Sebeka by the score of 5-1.

In their impressive victory over D-G-F, the Rebels were limited to one run on three hits, as Alexis Tappe had a very good outing on the mound. 

She had five strikeouts, while walking six. 

The Hornets committed two errors in the game. 

Offensively, the Hornets scored their seven runs on six hits, with Autumn Mahoney and Kennady Barlund having two hits apiece and three and two RBIs, respectively.

Traveling to Walker on Friday, the Lady Hornets used their experience to overtake a young Walker/Hackensack-Akeley team. 

The Lady Hornets had six hits and were aided by six walks and four WHA errors.

Jo Shipman started the game on the mound and pitched the first three innings, while Tappe pitched the last two, and between them they combined for a no-hitter.   

The frigid cold Saturday tournament began with a big Section game for Frazee and Menahga.

“Menahga is a good crossover game for us as they play many of the Section opponents that we do not, and it should help in determining where we will be seeded in the upcoming Section Tournament,” said Frazee head coach Dave Trautman.

The Lady Hornet defense stood out, as they played errorless ball on an extremely windy and cold morning. 

The infield of Barlund at third, Mahoney at shortstop, Tappe at second, Ashley Bachmann at first and Taylor Tappe behind the plate had a solid effort, as they erased several base runners who tried to advance. 

The outfield of Paige Hanson, Katie McCorquodale and Grace Lacey also played solidly with the wind-blown fly balls.

Offensively, the Hornets had just five hits, but used some aggressive base running of their own to put pressure on the Menahga defense. 

Getting one hit apiece for the Hornets were: McCorquodale, Alexis Tappe, Bahmann, Shipman and Amber Bauer.

Pitching duties were again shared between Shipman and Alexis Tappe, who came on for the save, as she pitched the last two innings and didn’t allow a hit.

The win over Staples-Motley was the most intense one of the tournament, as Frazee came away with a win.

“This was an exciting and fun game to end the day as the Lady Hornets had an early lead, then lost it, then gained it back and lost it again,” Trautman said.  

In the top of the seventh, the Cardinals scored three times to take a 7-5 lead, but the Lady Hornets scored three times in the bottom of the inning to win it by the score of 8-7.

The Lady Hornets committed five errors in the game and all of them contributed to S-M scoring, even though the Cardinals scored seven runs.

Shipman again started the pitching chores for the Lady Hornets and was relieved in the fifth by Alexis Tappe, who picked up the win.

The Lady Hornets had nine hits, with Barlund having three hits to lead the team, while Mahoney and Alexis Tappe had two hits each.

Taylor Tappe and Shipman had one hit each, but they were big hits, as they were the ones to tie and win the game.

Frazee is the midst of a six-game winning streak and sit at 12-3. They will play a big doubleheader in Hawley (7-4) Thursday for a 4 p.m. start.

They will close the regular season out at Bertha-Hewitt (3-7) Friday at 4:30 p.m.