open District play against Wallace
The Prairie baseball team will open District play this Friday, May 7 at 2 p.m. at Orofino against Wallace.
Prairie finished the league in fourth place, giving them the fifth seed into District as Wallace was inserted into the number 4 spot.
If they win Friday, they’ll play Saturday at 1 p.m. against Kamiah which got a bye in the first round as league champion. If they lose they won’t play until Monday, May 10 at 5 p.m.
Other first round matchups have Grangeville playing C.V. at 4 p.m. and Potlatch playing Orofino at 6 p.m. on Friday.
The winners of those games play at 3 p.m. Saturday while the losers play at 11 a.m. on Saturday.
The Wallace-Prairie loser will play the loser of Saturday’s 3 p.m. game.
All games are at Orofino’s high school field.
Pirates lose at Potlatch
The Prairie Pirates hit the ball well but came up on the short end of a 4-7 score at Potlatch Tuesday, April 27.
Prairie pounded out 11 hits including 4 for extra bases while Potlatch had 10 hits including 3 extra base hits. 4 Pirate errors didn’t help their cause.
Prairie fell behind 0-4 before scoring twice in the third but they couldn’t get any closer than 2 runs.
Mat Forsmann had 3 of Prairie’s 11 hits including 2 doubles while Tyler Crane had a triple and a single and Jacob Riener had a double and a single. Brent Frei, Chad Arnzen, C.J. Rieman and Phillip Henry each had a single.
Riener started on the mound but came out with a sore arm in the second inning with Rieman going to the mound. Forsmann came on in the fifth and finished out the game.
Prairie 0 0 2 1 0 1 0—4 11 4
Potlatch 2 2 1 0 1 1 x—7 10 1
Pirates pounded by Kamiah
In an uninspired effort the Prairie baseball team got thrashed by Kamiah 4-22 at Cottonwood Friday, April 30.
Earlier in the week Prairie had lost at Kamiah by just 1 run.
The Pirates didn’t look ready to play in this outing though as Kamiah scored 3 in the first and roughed the Pirates up for 11 runs in the second.
After two tough games earlier in the week Prairie was running out of pitching as C.J. Rieman started but after giving up 2 hits and hitting 2 batters in the second, came out while Chad Arnzen went to the mound for his first pitching effort of the season. Arnzen took one for the team as he went the rest of the way giving up 16 hits and 14 runs.
Prairie couldn’t get any runners around until the fourth inning when Rieman singled to right and Phillip Henry reached on an error. Jacob Nuxoll then singled to right center to score Rieman and Henry scored on Sean Daly’s forceout.
Prairie added 2 more in the fifth when Mat Forsmann led off with a single and Arnzen clubbed a 2-out, 2-run homer to left center.
Prairie had 7 hits in the game with Forsmann and Nuxoll collecting a pair of singles each while Arnzen had a homer and Brent Frei and Rieman had a single each.
Kamiah had 21 hits. Their number 9 hitter in the order clubbed 2 homers including a grand slam and was 4 for 4.
Kamiah 3 11 1 5 2—22 21 1
Prairie 0 0 0 2 2— 4 7 3
Pirates win at C.V.
The Prairie baseball team broke their losing streak with a 9-0 win at Clearwater Valley Monday, May 3.
Matt Baerlocher, fresh off suspension, tossed a 1-hitter with 19 strikeouts in a complete game performance.
He also had 2 hits offensively including a homer.
Prairie was still shorthanded as they were missing several players to Confirmation but still had enough to beat the last place Rams.
Prairie had 6 hits in the game with C. J. Rieman collecting a double and single and Shane Doyle and Tyler Crane had a single each.
With the win Prairie ends the regular season at 8-6 and 4-6 in league play, good for fourth place. They’ll be the fifth seed in the District Tournament as Wallace will be inserted as the fourth seed. Prairie will play Wallace at 2 p.m. Friday, May 7 at Orofino.
Prairie 2 0 2 0 0 3 2—9 6 1
C.V. 0 0 0 0 0 0 0—0 1 3
Pirate Baseball Schedule
May 7th-11th Away District Tour. (Orofino) TBA
May 20th- 22nd Away State Tour. (Orofino) TBA