FREDERICK -- Frederick's winning streak grew to 18 games Sept. 25, but it wasn't without a struggle.
The Warriors built a 9-2 lead and hung on to beat Berthoud 9-7. The Warriors, who are the top-rated softball team in class 3A this week, according to chsaanow.com, figure to host a regional playoff tournament Oct. 11.
Savannah Hall and Hannah Ellis homered in a seven-run third inning. It was Ellis' first career home run. Both players drove in two runs. Alicia Hernandez was the winning pitcher. She struck out 10.