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Barnesville hampers Hornets HOL chase

Brady Tweeton fanned seven Hornets in the opening game victory over Frazee in Barnesville Thursday. Robert Williams/File photo

The Barnesville Trojans snuck by Frazee with a pair of one-run victories at home Thursday to hamper Hornet hopes for a Heart O’ Lakes Conference championship this season.

The Trojans defeated Frazee 2-1 scoring unanswered twice in the opener and held off a last-inning rally for a sweep 6-5 in the nightcap.

The Hornets (11-4, 7-3) entered the doubleheader atop the conference at 7-1 and fell to third place with two HOL games remaining against second place Perham (10-4, 6-2).

The Yellowjackets are the cog in the standings. Perham and Barnesville end the regular season Thursday, May 25 at Barnesville in a doubleheader that will decide the fate of all three teams.

In Thursday’s opener, Frazee’s lone run came in the third unearned when Logan Wacker scored on a Dalton Smith fly ball misplayed in right field.

Barnesville tied the game in the fourth and took the lead in the sixth when Cole Tharaldson scored on a Joey Roste single to centerfield.

Brady Tweeton picked up the victory striking out seven Hornets. Thomas Stenger allowed only five hits and struck out five in a tough luck loss.

Wacker and Gabe Drewes each had two hits for Frazee.

The Trojans scored in five of seven innings, including the eventual game-winner in the top of the sixth to earn the victory in game two despite being outhit 11-7.

Tharaldson earned a full count walk off reliever Tanner Tappe to go up 6-3.

Frazee rallied with two outs in their final at-bats when Jon Hoffmann scored on a Jaden Guhlke single and Christian Weldon came home on a bases-loaded force-out at third base that ended the game.

HOL Standings - Thursday, May 11Barnesville 5-1 11-1

Perham 6-2 10-4

Frazee 7-3 11-4

D-G-F 5-5 6-5

Breckenridge 4-6 7-7

Hawley 3-6 4-8

Pelican Rapids 1-8 2-11

Robert Williams

Sports Editor at the Detroit Lakes Tribune. Williams worked prior as the Sports Editor in Perham for the Focus, a Forum Communications newspaper, from 2010-14. 

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