Pirates cough up lead
For 6 and a half innings the Prairie Lady Pirates outplayed Grangeville but the Bulldogs rallied for 8 runs in the bottom of the seventh to take a 12-13 win from Prairie Tuesday, April 6 at Grangeville.
6 hits, 2 free passes and 2 errors led to the 8 runs as Prairie just couldn’t get that third out.
Prairie had jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning and led 5-0 before Grangeville scored in the bottom of the third.
Grangeville cut the lead to 5-3 but Prairie scored 4 in the top of the fifth to extend the lead to 9-3.
After Grangeville pulled within 9-5, the Pirates added 3 more in the top of the seventh to take a 12-5 lead. It was enough though.
Prairie collected 10 hits in the game, all singles. Lacey Wargi, Kayla Holthaus, Ashley Schaeffer and Meghan VanderPas each had 2 hits while Karel Wassmuth and Lindsey Crea had 1 hit each.
Holthaus pitched all 7 innings allowing just 6 hits before the disastrous seventh.
Prairie 3 0 2 0 4 0 3—12 10 4
Grangeville 0 0 1 2 1 1 8—13 12 3
Lady Pirates sweep Loggers
The Prairie Lady Pirates swept a doubleheader from the Potlatch Loggers at Lewiston Thursday, April 8, winning 17-0 and 8-2.
In the opening game Kayla Holthaus and Ashley Schaeffer combined to pitch a 1-hitter. Holthaus pitched the first 3 innings allowing just a first inning single while Schaeffer pitched the fourth inning.
Prairie meanwhile scored their 17 runs on just 7 hits as 13 walks and 5 errors contributed heavily to the scoring.
Prairie scored 4 runs on just 1 hit in the first inning with the lone hit coming from Maureen Tacke who dropped a flare in behind shortstop.
They added another run in the second on a pair of errors.
They picked up 4 hits in the third which combined with 4 walks and 2 errors led to 8 runs. The first 8 hitters in the inning all reached base and eventually scored.
Karel Wassmuth led off with a single to right and Schaeffer walked. Meghan VanderPas singled to left to score Wassmuth and Natalie Arnzen walked to load the bases. Lindsey Crea reached on an error with Schaeffer scoring. Lacey Wargi singled to left to drive in 2 runs. Holthaus then executed a perfect drag bunt for a hit that reloaded the bases. Tacke walked to score Crea. After an out Wassmuth picked up an RBI with a fielder’s choice and VanderPas walked to force in another run. Tacke scored the eighth run of the inning when Arnzen reached on an error.
2 hits and 4 walks led to 4 more runs in the fourth, giving Prairie the margin to have the game called on the 15-run rule.
Holthaus and Ashley Jackson had the hits in the inning with 3 of the 4 runs scoring on pitches that got past the catcher. Jackson knocked in the other run with her single to right.
Holthaus had 2 hits with Wargi, Tacke, Wassmuth, VanderPas and Jackson collecting a single each.
Holthaus had 6 strikeouts and 1 hit batter in her 3 innings. Schaeffer had a strikeout and allowed just 1 baserunner in her inning. That runner came by way of error.
Potlatch played a lot tougher in the second game as they scored the game’s first run in the second on a double, single and sacrifice fly. The sacrifice fly turned into an inning ending double play when the other baserunner was thrown out at third base but the run scored before the third out.
Potlatch made it 2-0 in the top of the third on 2 hits and an error. Holthaus was able to shut Potlatch out the rest of the way though. The only other real scoring threat came in the sixth when she walked the bases loaded with nobody out. Two called third strikes and a comebacker to the mound for a force at the plate got her out of the inning.
Holthaus wound up with 10 strikeouts and 6 walks while allowing 5 hits.
Prairie came back to tie the score in the bottom of the third inning. Wassmuth led off with a walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch. After Tacke walked, 2 more wild pitches allowed Wassmuth to score. Schaeffer later scored Tacke on a ground out to tie the game.
Prairie took the lead in the fourth with 3 runs on just 1 hit. Crea and Wargi both walked and Holthaus was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Crea scored the go-ahead run when Wassmuth was walked. Arnzen singled to left to score Wargi and Holthaus scored on a wild pitch.
Two more runs scored in the fifth on 4 walks and a hit batter with both runs scoring on bases loaded walks.
In the sixth VanderPas led off with a single to left and later scored on Crea’s infield single.
Prairie had just 3 hits in the game as 16 walks and 2 hit batters accounted for most of the baserunners. Arnzen, VanderPas and Crea had the hits.
With the wins Prairie improves to 5-1 in league play and 7-6 overall.
Prairie 4 1 8 4—17 7 2
Potlatch 0 0 0 0— 0 1 5
Potlatch 0 1 1 0 0 0 0—2 5 1
Prairie 0 0 2 3 2 1 x—8 3 1
JV girls lose to Timberline varsity
The Prairie JV softball team were edged by the Timberline varsity 8-9 in the season’s first game at Cottonwood Monday, April 12.
Prairie spotted Timberline a 0-8 league before making a comeback with the help of walks, hit batters, errors and a couple of hits.
Sarah Forsmann and Natalie Arnzen had Prairie’s only 2 hits in the game.
Forsmann’s was a big one as it scored Prairie’s first 2 runs of the game.
Prairie pulled within 1 in the bottom of the sixth with a proverbial “Little League home run.” Carolyn Sonnen was walked and Ashley Jackson was hit to put the first two hitters on base. Sonnen and Jackson advanced to second and third on stolen bases. After a pair of strikeouts, Arnzen reached when the second baseman dropped her pop-up with Sonnen scoring. The throw to get Arnzen at first got away and Arnzen advanced as Jackson scored. Arnzen went on around to third and when the throw there got away, she scored to cut the lead to 8-9.
Prairie wasn’t able to muster any more offense though as the side was retired in order in the seventh.
Ashley Schaeffer pitched for Prairie and had some control problems early on the led to several of Timberline’s runs.
Timberline 1 3 4 0 1 0 0—9 5 3
Prairie JV 0 0 2 2 1 3 0—8 2 4
April 15th Away Colfax 4:00
April 16th & 17th Seattle (Mariners vs.Rangers) (U of W vs. Oregon)
April 19th Home C.V. 4:00
April 22nd Home Lapwai 4:00
April 24th Away Lake City (Couer d’ Alene) 11:00
April 29th Home Orofino 5:00
May 1st Home Prom 8:30
May 4th Home Kamiah 4:00
May 6th Home Grangeville 4:00
May 10th-14th District Tour. Orofino or Prairie TBA
May 20th –21st – 22nd State Tour. Orofino TBA
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