Andee Frazier carries Little Axe to Class 3A softball crown

By Ryan Aber, Staff Writer, raber@opubco.com Published: October 11, 2011
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Andee Frazier was only going to get one pitch to hit.

The Little Axe junior made the most of it.

Frazier belted a two-run, tiebreaking home run in the sixth inning to lift the Lady Indians to a 5-3 win over Morris in the Class 3A fastpitch championship game at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium on Wednesday.

“I told her, ‘You've got one swing and then you're bunting,'” Little Axe coach Mike Bread said. “That was all she needed, though. That's all Andee ever needs is one swing.”

Frazier's blast had just enough, bouncing off the top of the wall and out.

“It was an outside pitch and I'm usually a terrible outside hitter,” Frazier said. “It felt good though. I knew it was a base hit at least but it got out.”

The title was the second consecutive for the Lady Indians, who won the Class 4A championship a year ago for their first fastpitch title.

In addition to delivering the big hit, Frazier did the job in the circle, striking out 14 batters. She started the game just how she finished it — striking out the side.

The only time Frazier got in trouble was the second inning, when Morris scored all three of its run helped by an uncharacteristic three walks from Frazier.

“I just couldn't hit the strike zone,” she said. “I just finally got through it and let it go, but it took me about until my next at-bat (in the bottom of the third) to settle down.”

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