lose 3 at Orofino
The Prairie baseball team had a rough weekend at the Orofino Baseball Tournament losing all 3 games played Friday and Saturday March 11 and 12.
All three games were close, low-scoring affairs as the Pirates lost to Grangeville 1-2 on Friday then lost 3-4 to Kellogg and 1-3 to Orofino on Saturday.
In Friday’s game against Grangeville C. J. Rieman allowed just 7 hits and 2 runs to Grangeville but the Pirates were limited to just 2 hits and 1 run and struck out 12 times.
The first 7 Prairie hitters went down in order with Kevin Funke drawing a 1 out walk in the third as the Pirates first baserunner. Funke stole second and then scored on Mat Forsmann’s 2-out single to left center to put Prairie ahead 1-0.
Grangeville came right back in the bottom of the inning though with an infield single and 2 doubles to right center to take the lead at 1-2.
After that third inning the two teams picked up just 1 hit each.
In the top of the fifth Prairie had a scoring opportunity as Rieman led off with a walk but was forced at second by Funke. Chris Schumacher followed with a single and Sean Daly picked up a 2-out walk to load the bases but Phil Henry struck out on a 3-2 pitch to end the threat and the inning.
Dan Riener pitched the final 2 innings for Prairie, striking out 4 of the 7 hitters he faced while allowing just 1 baserunner on an error.
Rieman had 5 strikeouts and no walks in his 4 innings of work.
On Saturday morning the Pirates faced Kellogg and gave up a first inning run on 2 singles.
Prairie took the lead in the top of the third with 2 runs thanks to 2 errors and 2 hits.
Sean Daly reached on a 1-out error by the third baseman. Henry then reached when the first baseman dropped the throw. Riener then singled to score Daly but Henry rounded second too aggressively and wound up in a rundown. He was tagged out but Riener was able to advance to second. Chad Arnzen then doubled to left center to score Riener for a 2-1 Prairie lead.
As in the Grangeville game, Kellogg answered right back with a pair of runs on a single and two Prairie errors. Both errors came on fly balls to right field where a strong wind and the morning sun made the plays tougher than they might have been otherwise.
Prairie came back to tie the game in the top of the sixth with a 2-out rally. Chris Schumacher singled with two out and went to second on a wild pitch. Rieman singled to center to move Schumacher over to third. Schumacher ran through the stop sign put up by coach Pat Holthaus but scored when the throw home got away from the catcher.
In the bottom of the seventh Kellogg got a 1-out single and then with 2 outs their #3 batter hit a liner to right that Sean Daly almost caught for the third out. The umpire said he trapped the ball and the winning run scored.
Forsmann pitched the first 5 innings for Prairie allowing 3 runs on 4 hits with 9 strikeouts and 1 walk. Riener pitched the final 2 innings allowing 2 hits and 1 run with 3 strikeouts, 1 walk and 1 hit batsman.
Rieman had 2 singles in the game while Arnzen had a double and Henry, Riener and Schumacher each had a single.
In the fifth place game against Orofino the Pirates allowed a first inning run on 2 hits and 2 errors. Starting pitcher Rieman avoided further damage by pitching out of a base loaded with 1 out jam by inducing a popup and then ending the inning with a strikeout.
Prairie managed to tie the game in the fourth as Henry led off with a walk then moved to second and to third on a pair of groundouts then scored on a wild pitch. It then looked like Prairie might take the lead as Rieman doubled to left center and Eric Lerandeau followed with an infield single but Funke’s deep fly to center was caught for the third out.
Orofino then took the lead in the fifth on a 2-out error and then a 2-run homer.
Rieman started the game for Prairie allowing 1 run on 3 hits with 4 strikeouts in 3 innings. Forsmann allowed 2 runs on 1 hits with 5 strikeouts in 2 innings of work. Pitchers were allowed 7 total innings over the 2 days of the tournament. Riener then finished up his third game in a row with 1 inning of work. He allowed no runs and no hits with 2 strikeouts, 2 walks and a hit batsman.
Rieman had a double and single in the game while Forsmann, Daly, Lerandeau and Funke each had a single.
Prairie 0 0 1 0 0 0 0—1 2 1
Grangeville 0 0 2 0 0 0 x—2 7 0
Prairie 0 0 2 0 0 1 0—3 6 5
Kellogg 1 0 2 0 0 0 1—4 5 3
Prairie 0 0 0 1 0 0 0—1 6 3
Orofino 1 0 0 0 2 0 x—3 4 0
Pirates rally for win at Kendrick
The Prairie baseball team overcame a 0-3 deficit in the top of the seventh for a 4-3 win at Kendrick Monday, March 14 in their White Pine League opener.
Prairie had been limited to just 2 hits through the first 6 innings before erupting with 3 hits in the seventh. 3 walks and an error also contributed to the rally.
Kendrick had taken the lead with 2 runs in the third inning on a catcher’s interference, single, walk and sacrifice fly.
They added another run in the sixth on a walk and 2 errors.
Chris Schumacher led off the seventh by drawing a walk and went to second on a wild pitch. After an out, Sean Daly pounded a double to deep left center scoring Schumacher. Phil Henry followed with a double to the right field corner to score Daly.
Dan Riener was intentionally walked to set up a force at any base but that strategy backfired when Chad Arnzen singled to left to bring home Henry with the tying run with Riener moving to third.
Eric Lerandeau topped a ball in the infield with Riener being caught at the plate for an out. Arnzen who had stolen second on an uncontested play, moved to third on the out.
C.J. Rieman then came to the plate and hit a grounder to short. The throw pulled the first baseman off the bag and Rieman reached with Arnzen scoring from third for the go-ahead run. Kevin Funke walked to load the bases but Schumacher’s fly ball to right was caught for the third out.
Rieman quickly got the first two outs in the bottom of the seventh on a strikeout and flyout to left. The tying run reached as he was hit by a pitch but another fly ball out to left ended the game.
Rieman allowed just 3 hits in a complete game effort with 9 strikeouts 1 walk and 1 hit batsmen. 1 hitter also reached base twice on catcher’s interference.
Daly had a double and single in the game while Arnzen had 2 singles and Henry had a double.
With the win Prairie is 1-0 in league play and 1-3 overall.
Prairie 0 0 0 0 0 0 4—4 5 2
Kendrick 0 0 2 0 0 1 0—3 3 4
19-Genesee, there, 4 p.m.
22-Kendrick, here, 4 p.m.
7-Culdesac, here, 4:30 p.m.
12-Grangeville, here, 4:30 p.m.
14-Lewis County, there, 4:30 p.m.
19-Timberline, there, 4:30 p.m.
21-Genesee, there, 4:30 p.m.
23-Troy, here, 2 league games, 11 a.m.
25-Grangeville, there, 4:30 p.m.
28-Timberline, here, 4:30 p.m.
5-Culdesac, there, 4:30 p.m.
7-14-District at Kendrick
19-21-State at Caldwell