Frazee falls to second ranked NYM 6-4 to open season

Photo by Chad Koenen
Wiley Bachmann watches as the ball bounces into his glove during Wednesday’s game against New York Mills.

By Chad Koenen

Publisher

After nearly six weeks of practicing, mostly indoors, the Frazee Hornets got their season underway last week with a pair of home games. 

The Hornets opened their season on Wednesday as they fell to the Class A second ranked New York Mills Eagles by a score of 6-4. On Thursday, the Hornets split a doubleheader with Pelican Rapids to open their Heart O’ Lakes Conference season. Frazee defeated Pelican Rapids by a score of 3-1 and fell to the Vikings by a score of 3-0

This week the Hornets will begin a busy month of action with a road game at Otter Tail Central on Monday, before hosting Hawley in a doubleheader in conference action on Thursday. 

Caden Frank watches a fly ball go into his glove during Wednesday’s game in Frazee.

Wednesday

Frazee hosted second ranked NY Mills on Wednesday in their regular season opener. The Hornets were able to outhit the Eagles by a 10-9 margin and had the tying run at the plate in the bottom of the seventh inning, but were unable to overtake NY Mills as they fell by a score of 6-4.

After NY Mills scored 1 run in the second inning and 3 runs in the third inning, Frazee struck big in the bottom of the third inning  when Mark Jaroszewski hit a one out double to bring Zach Longfors across the plate. Wiley Bachmann and Jaroszewski would later score when Caden Frank hit a 2-run double to make the game 4-3 in favor of NY Mills. 

The Eagles answered right back in the fourth inning when they scored a run on a wild pitch and added another run in the fifth inning on a sacrifice fly. 

The Hornets cut the lead to 6-4 in the bottom of the fifth inning when Kale Osvak hit an RBI single with two outs to bring Jaroszewski home. A runner would also be thrown out at the plate to end the inning to leave the game at 6-4 in favor of NY Mills.

Zach Longfors safely slides into second base during Wednesday’s regular season opener against New York Mills.

Jaroszewski, Osvak and Scott Seim led the way offensively as they each had a pair of hits. 

AB R H     BI

Zach Longfors 4 1 1 0

Wiley Bachmann 4 1 1 0

Mark Jaroszewski 4 1 2 1

Scott Seim 3 0 2 0

Caden Frank 4 1 1 2

Kale Osvak 3 0 2 0

Gage Post 2 0 1 0

George Flynn 1 0 0 0

Logan Brekke 1 0 0 0

Max Rue 3 0 0 0

HITTING- 2B- Caden Frank, Mark Jaroszewski, Gage Paost, Scott Seim

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-k)- Scott Seim 1-2-0-0-1-1, Gage Post 1-2-1-1-1-0, Mark Jaroszewski 1-4-3-3-2-0, Asher Blaine 1-0-1-1-1-1-1, Zach Longfors 1-1-1-1-1-0, Wiley Bachmann 2-0-0-0-3-1

Thursday

Frazee split a pair of games against Pelican Rapids on a cool Thursday afternoon. 

In the opening game of the afternoon, Scott Seim gave up just 1 hit and 1 earned run, while striking out 15 hitters in a 3-1 win over the Vikings.

After Pelican Rapids opened the game with a sacrifice fly in the top of the first inning, Frazee scored 3 runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning when Seim hit a 3-run home run. It would be all the run support the Hornets would need as Seim struck out 8 consecutive hitters from the top of the first inning through the top of the fourth inning in a dominant early season performance. 

In fact, Seim struck out 12 of the 13 hitters he faced from the top of the first inning through the top of the sixth inning. He also didn’t give up a hit until there was one out in the top of the sixth inning. 

Seim went 6 1/3 innings to secure the win, with Gage Post pitching the final 2/3 innings as he gave up just 1 hit and struck out another batter. 

In the second game of the night, Frazee was unable to get a run across the plate as the Vikings scored single runs in the first, second and fifth innings to come away with a 3-0 win. 

Zach Longfors took the loss on the mound as he pitched 6 innings and gave up 6 hits and 3 earned runs, while striking out 8 hitters. 

Despite being held scoreless, the Hornets had the bases loaded with nobody out in the top of the seventh inning, but were unable to get a runner across the plate to fall by a score of 3-0. 

Game 1 AB R H     BI

Zach Longfors 3 0 1 0

Wiley Bachmann 3 1 1 0

Mark Jaroszewski 1 1 0 0

Scott Seim 3 1 1 3

Caden Frank 1 0 0 0

Kale Osvak 2 0 0 0

Gage Post 1 0 1 0

Tyler Moe 2 0 0 0

Drew Mekalson 3 0 1 0

HITTING- 2B- Drew Mekalson

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-k)- Scott Seim 6 1/3-1-1-1-3-15, Gage Post 2/3-1-0-0-1-1

Game 2 AB R H     BI

Zach Longfors 3 0 0 0

Wiley Bachmann 3 0 1 0

Mark Jaroszewski 2 0 1 0

Scott Seim 2 0 0 0

Caden Frank 3 0 0 0

Kale Osvak 3 0 0 0

Gage Post 2 0 0 0

Tyler Moe 1 0 0 0

Drew Mekalson 1 0 0 0

Derek Zitzow 1 0 0 0

HITTING- 2B- Mark Jaroszewski

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-k)- Zach Longfors 6-6-3-3-2-8