Lack of offense hinders Lady Hornets in Frazee softball tournament
The Frazee Lady Hornets had some tough going in their own tournament this weekend, as they were limited to seven runs in three games. The Lady Hornets bats were pretty quiet all day long as Frazee lost to Roseau in the first round 7-2, then defea...
The Frazee Lady Hornets had some tough going in their own tournament this weekend, as they were limited to seven runs in three games.
The Lady Hornets bats were pretty quiet all day long as Frazee lost to Roseau in the first round 7-2, then defeated Pelican Rapids 4-2 in the second round and lost 8-1 to Fargo-Shanley in the Consolation Championship game.
Against Roseau, the Lady Hornets picked up a quick 1-0 lead in the first inning as Becca Buhr reached first on a walk. She advanced to second on a Chelsea Nordquist sacrifice bunt and eventually scored on a passed ball.
In the top of the second, Roseau scored three times as they took advantage of some poor defense by the Lady Hornets.
In the inning the Rams scored their three runs on one hit and one walk but were aided by four Hornet errors.
In the fourth inning the Lady Hornets were able to make it a 3-2 game as Tiffany Peterson and Kelsey Schmid each banged out a hit and close the gap to a one run game.
In the top of the sixth and seventh innings the Lady Hornets fell again to some shoddy defensive play as the Rams were able to score four unearned runs in these two innings to gain the 7-2 first round win.
Roseau went on to win the tournament.
April Wendt went the distance pitching and picked up her first loss on the season.
In the Pelican Rapids game, the Lady Hornets again got off to an early lead as they scored one run in the second inning when Schmid gained first on a walk and then was advanced to third on a base hit by Wendt. Pinch runner Jaclyn Mickelson scored on a fielder's choice of the bat of Buhr.
The Vikings tied the game in the bottom of the third as they picked up a single run to make the score 1-1. The Lady Hornets answered back as they scored two more runs in the fourth and a single run in the fifth.
After the Vikings gained another run in the fifth to leave the score at 4-2, it set up a very exciting finish in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Pelican used two walks to get two of their first three batters on base. They were bringing up one of their top hitters in this situation who hit a line drive which looked as if it was headed for the alley but right fielder,
Schmid snared it and also executed a perfect throw to Abby Berven at first to double up the Viking runner and end the game giving the Lady Hornets a 4-2 win.
Wendt again went the distance for the Hornets as she gave up two unearned runs on three hits and three walks while striking out five Pelican batters.
Against Fargo-Shanley, the Lady Hornets sent Kristi Vogt to the mound for her first varsity start this year.
She went the full seven innings and gained some valuable experience against the strong hitting Deacons from Fargo-Shanley.
The Lady Hornets could not get anything going as the Fargo team sent two pitchers to the mound who combined for the no-hit effort against the Hornets.
The Lady Hornets only run came when Stacey Adams reached first on a walk, stole second and advanced to third and home on two pass balls.
"As for our play, we discovered that giving good teams additional outs in an inning can not only cost you runs in the game but more than likely will cost you the opportunity to win the game," said Frazee head coach Dave Trautman. "In the Roseau game, we gave a good team all seven runs with our defensive play not being up to the standard it has been this year. We will learn from this game.
"In the Pelican game, we had to keep battling as we failed to get the timely hit that would open up the lead against the Vikings. Defensively, we played much better and Kelsey Schmid really snuffed out Pelican's comeback attempt with a very nice play from right field."
In the Fargo-Shanley contest, Trautman added, it gave us an opportunity to expose Vogt to some varsity competition. She did a good job vs. a very athletic team from Fargo.
"This will be an important growing experience for her and us as we develop depth in our pitching," Trautman said.