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Frazee softball gives a pass to Perham

Last Thursday the Frazee Lady Hornet softball team picked up a doubleheader sweep at Pelican Rapids, winning both games by the scores of 12-1 and 17-7. 

The winning was halted Friday, however, as Frazee hosted Perham for a rematch from the weekend before and this time the Yellowjackets reversed the outcome, as they defeated the Lady Hornets by the score of 10-7.

In the first game of the sweep of the Vikings, the Lady Hornets took control early by scoring three times in the first and then broke things open in the fourth as we scored seven more. 

Two more runs were added in the fifth to finish the scoring, as Frazee won by the final tally of 12-1. 

Offensively, the Lady Hornets scored their 12 runs on 10 hits, four walks and four Pelican errors. 

Leading the way with hits for the Hornets were Autumn Mahoney, Kaysee Gerving and Katie Smith with two hits apiece. 

Taylor Tappe, Kennady Barlund, Jo Shipman and Josi Tappe had one hit each.

Defensively, the Hornets played pretty solid, giving up one run on five hits, one walk and two errors. 

“Jo Shipman handled the pitching and she had a good game on the mound, as she allowed just the one run and had only one walk while scattering five hits,” said Frazee head coach Dave Trautman.

In game two, the Lady Hornets jumped to an early lead, with six runs in the first, three in the second and seven more in the third. 

For the game, the Lady Hornets only had seven total hits, but drew 11 walks. 

Leading the way for the Hornets with two hits apiece were Barlund and Josi Tappe.

Desiree Bauer picked up the win, as she pitched the five inning game and allowed nine hits, two bases on balls and struck out five Pelican batters.

Although Frazee jumped to a good start with a 4-0 lead after two innings over Perham, the fourth inning came around and the Lady Hornets suffered from an inability to find the strike zone, some mental fielding errors and a couple of outright errors on defense which allowed the Yellowjackets to score seven times and take an 8-4 lead.

The Hornets did close the gap to 8-6, but again struggled with the strike zone and the Yellowjackets were able to gain the win by the score of 10-7. 

“Sometimes it is hard to explain what happens when one night we give up a total of three walks in two games and the next night we give up 13 in one game,” Trautman said. 

“That in some ways explains the nature of the game. Each game can be and generally is different. 

“Defensively, we really haven’t had a bad inning this year so maybe we were due. It was just unfortunate that it had to coincide with our pitchers struggling with the strike zone.”

Frazee will host Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Thursday for a conference doubleheader, and also host Walker Friday for a single game.