Kayla Holthaus tossed a complete game no-hitter at the Grangeville Bulldogs as the Prairie Lady Pirates won their regular season finale 5-0 at Cottonwood Thursday, May 6.
Grangeville managed just 3 baserunners in the game and only 1 made it as far as second base.
The game didn’t start well as the first runner reached on an error that allowed her to advance to second but 2 strikeouts and a pop-up in front of home plate and Prairie was out of the inning.
Grangeville’s only other baserunners came via a hit batter in the second and a walk in the fifth.
Prairie meanwhile wasn’t doing any better against Grangeville’s Shanna Legg until the third inning. Heather Schierman was hit by a pitch to lead off and advanced to second on Ashley Jackson’s drag bunt. Jackson almost beat it out for a hit. Lacey Wargi then doubled to deep left center and advanced to third when the ball was misplayed by the leftfielder with Schierman scoring on the play.
Ashley Schaeffer then hit a little pop-up toward first. After catching the ball the first baseman threw toward third to get Wargi but the ball got away and Wargi scored.
Holthaus then walked with Lindsay Crea going in as a courtesy runner. Karel Wassmuth singled to left and Maureen Tacke was walked to load the bases for Meghan VanderPas. VanderPas singled to right center with all three runners scoring. She went to second on the throw toward home.
Prairie had chances to add on in each of the next 3 innings but couldn’t bring the runners around.
In the fourth Schierman was again hit by a pitch leading off the inning and Jackson followed with a drag bunt single that she beat out in a close play at first. Wargi forced Schierman at third but Ashley Schaeffer walked to load the bases. Jackson got picked off at third and Holthaus flied out to deep center to end the inning.
In the fifth Wassmuth led off with a double down the left field line and Tacke walked. Grangeville then changed pitchers. After a strikeout, Natalie Arnzen hit a comebacker and in the attempt to force Wassmuth at third, Wassmuth beat the play to the bag to load the bases with 1 out. A line out and a pop-up though ended the inning.
In the sixth Wargi led off with an infield single but a double play followed. After Holthaus doubled down the left field line, a strikeout ended the inning.
The Pirates wound up with 7 hits in the game with Wassmuth and Wargi each hitting a double and a single. Holthaus had a double and VanderPas and Jackson each had a single.
Holthaus had 8 strikeouts with only 4 balls leaving the infield. Holthaus ended the week with 11 1/3 innings of hitless pitching as she had tossed a 3 inning no-hitter against Kamiah on Tuesday and pitched 1 1/3 innings of hitless ball against C.V. on Monday.
With the win Prairie ends the regular season at 12-10 overall and 9-3 in league play, good for third place.
Prairie also won the JV game played after the varsity game 4-2 in 5 innings.
Grangeville scored both their runs in the first inning on an infield single, hit batter and an error. Schaeffer shut them down the rest of the way allowing just 1 more hit with 2 walks and 3 hit batters over the final 4 innings. She had 4 strikeouts.
Prairie came right back with a run in the bottom of the first. Schaeffer reached on a 1-out walk and scored on Sarah Forsmann’s double to right.
In the third inning Jackson reached on a bunt single and went to second on a throwing error. She went to third on Crea’s goundout to first and scored the tying run when VanderPas reached on an error.
Prairie took the lead in the bottom of the fourth when Kimberlee Altman beat out an infield single, stole second and went to third on a wild pitch. She scored on Kylie Uhlorn’s infield single. Uhlorn went to second on a wild pitch and later took third on another one. Uhlorn scored on Carolyn Sonnen’s ground out to make it 4-2.
The JV’s had a couple sparkling defensive plays. Myken Dahlen made an outstanding catch in right field on a ball that looked like it was going over her head. Jackson also turned in a gem as she dove to catch a short fly behind the pitcher and then doubled off the runner at first throwing from her knees.
Grangeville 0 0 0 0 0 0 0—0 0 1
Prairie 0 0 5 0 0 0 x—5 7 1
Grangeville 2 0 0 0 0—2 2 3
Prairie 1 0 1 2 x—4 4 1
Lady Pirates shut out Kamiah
Kayla Holthaus tossed a 3-inning no-hitter as the Prairie Lady Pirates shut out Kamiah 16-0 at Cottonwood Tuesday, May 4.
Offensively Prairie put the game away in the first inning as they came up with 11 runs. Big hits in the inning were Lindsey Crea’s 2-run single and on her second time up in the inning, Ashley Schaeffer’s 3-run triple.
Prairie collected 9 hits in the game with Lacey Wargi and Holthaus collecting 2 singles each. Schaeffer and Karel Wassmuth each had a triple and Maureen Tacke, Natalie Arnzen and Crea each had a single.
Holthaus faced the minimum, striking out 7 of the 9 hitters she faced in the game.
Kamiah 0 0 0— 0 0 3
Prairie 11 5 x—16 9 0
Lady Pirates start District play Thursday
The Prairie Lady Pirates softball team will open district action at Orofino on Thursday, May 13 at 3:30 p.m. against Kamiah.
Their first game will be on the swimming pool field.
Win or lose they’ll play again that evening at 6:30 p.m. With a win they’ll play the winner of the Grangeville-C.V. game on the swimming pool field and with a loss they’ll play the loser of that game on the other field.
Potlatch and Lapwai is the other first round game with Orofino receiving a bye for finishing the league in first place. They’ll play the Potlatch-Lapwai winner in the second round.
The tournament concludes on Friday with games again at 5 and 6:30. Two loser out games will take place at 5 p.m. with the third place and championship games at 6:30 p.m.
Three teams advance to the state tournament which will also be at Orofino May 20-22.
May 13th-14th District Tour. Orofino Play Orofino at 6:30 p.m. in the District Championship game
May 20th –21st – 22nd State Tour. Orofino TBA