Pirates win District opener
The Prairie Lady Pirates opened district tournament action with a 14-4 win over Kamiah in a game called in the fifth inning on the 10-run rule. The game was played at Orofino Thursday, May 13.
Kayla Holthaus had a rocky start as 2 walks and an error loaded the bases with nobody out. After getting two outs she forced in a run by hitting a batter but then got out of the inning.
Prairie quickly erased that lead as the first 7 hitters all reached base for the Lady Pirates. Lacey Wargi led off with a single and Ashley Schaeffer followed with a single. Holthaus helped herself out with a 2 run double to the left field corner. Walks to Karel Wassmuth and Maureen Tacke loaded the bases and walks to Meghan VanderPas and Natalie Arnzen forced home 2 more runs. After finally recording an out, Lindsey Crea singled home a run and Wargi knocked in another run with a fielder’s choice for a 6-1 Prairie lead.
In the third Kamiah cut the lead to 6-2 with a single, walk and an error.
Prairie got back in the scoring column in the fourth with 4 runs. Wassmuth and Tacke were both hit by pitches. A wild pitch advanced both runners and Wassmuth scored on a passed ball. With 1 out Arnzen walked and Heather Schierman followed with a 2-run double to the left field corner. Schierman then scored when Wargi singled to center.
In the fifth Kamiah came up with 2 more runs on a single and a walk. A comebacker to the mound scored one run and the other run scored on a rare 9-3 putout as Arnzen threw the hitter out at first from short rightfield.
Prairie needed 4 runs in the bottom of the fifth to end the game and came up with them.
Tacke led off with a walk and VanderPas followed with a single up the middle. Kimberlee Altman ran for Tacke and scored on Arnzen’s single to left and VanderPas scored when the ball got away from the left fielder. Schierman then doubled to score Arnzen.
Lindsey Crea then executed a perfect sacrifice bunt to move Schierman over to third and a passed ball scored Schierman to end the game.
Prairie had 12 hits in the game led by Wargi who had 3 singles. Schierman had 2 doubles, Holthaus a double and a single, Arnzen a pair of singles and Schaeffer, VanderPas and Crea a single each.
Holthaus allowed 3 hits with 5 walks, 2 hit batters and 1 strikeout. Only 2 of the 4 runs allowed were earned.
Kamiah 1 0 1 0 2— 4 3 3
Prairie 6 0 0 4 4—14 12 2
Lady Pirates beat G'ville, earn state berth
The Prairie Lady Pirates clinched a state tournament berth with a come-from-behind 4-2 win over Grangeville in District Tournament action at Orofino Thursday, May 13.
Grangeville’s first five hitters in the first inning all reached base but Prairie managed to get out of the inning with only 1 run allowed.
The first hitter singled and the next reached on an error. Maureen Tacke then picked the runner off third for the first out, which was big as the next hitter doubled to center to score the runner from second. A walk and a hit batter loaded the bases but a strikeout and a forceout got Prairie out of the inning.
Grangeville put another run on the board in the second when the leadoff hitter reached on an error. After a strikeout, a single and a passed ball had runners on second and third with just 1 out. Pitcher Kayla Holthaus then induced a comebacker, looked the runner back at third and threw to first, the runner then went and Schierman’s throw home got away as a run scored but Tacke tracked down the ball and got it back to Holthaus who tagged the other runner trying to score to end the inning with Prairie down just 0-2.
In the third inning Grangeville put the first two runners on again but a lineout to Ashley Schaeffer at third who then doubled off the runner at first, followed by a lineout to VanderPas at second seemed to lift Holthaus’ confidence as she came out in the fourth and set the side down in order and allowed just 1 baserunner an inning the rest of the way.
On offense Prairie took awhile to get going as they had just 2 hits in the first 4 innings, both by Holthaus.
VanderPas singled and Natalie Arnzen followed with a walk in the fifth but that was as far as they got.
It looked like more of the same in the sixth when Schaeffer was hit but then Grangeville turned a double play. The Pirates then put together a 2-out rally to tie the score as Karel Wassmuth and Maureen Tacke both single and VanderPas pounded a double to left that tied the score.
In the top of the seventh it took another 2-out rally to win the game.
Heather Schierman reached on an error leading off and Ashley Jackson tried a drag bunt to move her over but popped out to third. Lacey Wargi then grounded to third with Schierman forced at second.
Schaeffer then hit a little dribbler that Grangeville’s pitcher fielded and threw over the head of her first baseman with Wargi able to score all the way from first on the play. Holthaus then doubled to left to score Schaeffer for a 4-2 lead.
In the bottom of the seventh Holthaus struck out the first batter then revisited the Orofino loss from earlier in the season as she threw the ball wide of first on a comebacker. No harm this time though as a groundout to short and a short lineout to Wargi at short ended the game.
Prairie had 7 hits in the game with Holthaus collecting 2 doubles and a single. VanderPas had a double and single and Wassmuth and Tacke had a single each.
Holthaus allowed 6 hits with 2 walks, 1 hit batter and 3 strikeouts. Both Grangeville runs were unearned.
Prairie 0 0 0 0 0 2 2—4 7 3
Grangeville 1 1 0 0 0 0 0—2 6 3
Lady Pirates take second at District
Orofino scored twice in the third inning to take the lead for good as the Prairie Lady Pirates lost 3-5 in the District Championship game Friday, May 14 at Orofino.
Both teams advance to the state tournament which will be held this week at Orofino.
Prairie scored first thanks to a pair of errors in the first inning. Ashley Schaeffer reached on an error and went to second on a passed ball. She advanced to third on Kayla Holthaus’ single.
Karel Wassmuth then singled to right with Schaeffer scoring. Holthaus advanced as far as third with Wassmuth going to second as the ball got by the rightfielder for an error.
Orofino came right back with 2 runs in the bottom of the first as they put together 4 consecutive hits.
Prairie took the lead right back in the second on a 2-out rally. With 2 outs Lindsey Crea dropped a flare into short right field for a single. Lacey Wargi reached when her grounder went through the legs of the shortstop and both runners advanced when the leftfielder misplayed the ball as well. Both runners scored on Schaeffer’s single to right.
After the second inning though Orofino changed pitchers and Prairie managed just 1 hit the rest of the way.
Orofino pounded out 3 doubles in the bottom of the third inning to score two runs and take the lead. They added another run in the fourth on a walk, stolen base, groundout and sacrifice fly.
Prairie had 5 hits in the game, all singles. Wassmuth had 2 hits while Schaeffer, Holthaus and Crea had 1 hit each.
Holthaus pitched for the Pirates and allowed 9 hits including 4 doubles and a triple with 4 strikeouts, 4 walks and 1 hit batter.
Prairie will take a 13-11 record into the state tournament.
Prairie 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0—3 5 1
Orofino 2 0 2 1 0 0 0 x—5 9 3
Prairie faces Parma in state opener
The Prairie Lady Pirates will play Parma in their state opener at 5 p.m. Thursday, May 20 at Orofino.
The other teams in their half of the bracket are West Side and New Plymouth.
In the other half of the bracket Grangeville will play Malad at 3 p.m. and Orofino will play Melba at 5 p.m.
If Prairie wins they’ll play again at noon on Friday. If they lose, they’ll play at 10 a.m. Friday.
Tournament action continues at 3 and 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. and noon on Saturday.
Lady Pirates Softball Schedule
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