split at Genesee
The Prairie baseball team split a doubleheader at Genesee Thursday, April 21, losing the first game 7-8 in extra innings then winning the second 10-0.
In the opener Prairie took a 3-0 lead in the second and extended their lead to 5-1 after 4 innings.
Genesee came back with 2 runs each in the fifth and sixth innings to tie the game and each team scored in the seventh to force and extra inning.
Prairie score 1 in the top of the seventh only to see Genesee score 2 in the bottom of the inning.
Prairie had 9 hits in the game with C.J. Rieman hitting a pair of doubles. Phil Henry had 2 singles while Dan Riener and Sean Daly each doubled and Chad Arnzen and Chris Schumacher each had a single.
Rieman started the game and went 7 innings with Riener taking over for the eighth inning.
In the second game Mat Forsmann had his second straight great outing on the mound as he held Genesee to just 3 hits with 14 strikeouts while pitching a shutout. He also allowed 2 walks.
Prairie broke open a scoreless tie in the bottom of the third with 5 runs and had another 5-run inning in the sixth to end the game on the 10-run mercy rule.
Prairie had just 6 hits in the second game with 4 Genesee errors contributing t the scoring. Arnzen and Henry had 2 hits each while Kevin Funke and Sean Daly had a single each.
Prairie 0 3 0 2 0 0 1 1—7 9 3
Genesee 0 1 0 0 2 2 1 2—8 9 5
Genesee 0 0 0 0 0 0— 0 3 4
Prairie 0 0 5 0 0 5—10 6 1
Pirates sweep Troy
In a near repeat of their doubleheader at Genesee 2 nights earlier the Prairie had the first game go into extra innings and easily won the second game. This time they pulled off a sweep though as they beat Troy 8-7 and 12-3 at Cottonwood Saturday, April 23.
In the opener Prairie scored first as Kevin Funke opened the game by beating out an infield single. He went to second on a wild pitch, moved to third on a passed ball and scored on Chad Arnzen’s infield hit deep into the hole at short.
Troy came back to take the lead with a 4-run second as they picked up 2 singles along with 2 walks and a hit batter off starter Dan Riener.
Troy added another run in the third on a double and 2 singles before Riener was lifted in favor of C. J. Rieman. Rieman struck out the first 2 batters he faced to get out of the inning.
Prairie scored 1 in the bottom of the second when Sean Daly walked, went to second and third on wild pitches and scored on Eric Lerandeau’s single.
They pulled within 5-3 in the bottom of the third with another run as Mat Forsmann reached on an error, stole second and scored on Riener’s single.
Troy got to Rieman in the fourth on 3 singles and an error to push their lead to 7-3 but Prairie came back in the bottom of the inning.
Riener led off with an infield hit and stole second. Arnzen singled to left to score Riener. Rieman followed with an infield hit and Ryan Daly went in as a courtesy runner. Sean Daly then singled to center and the ball got past the centerfielder for an error as both runners scored to make it 6-7.
In the bottom of the seventh Prairie was still down 6-7 when Rieman led off with a single. Ryan Daly again went in as a courtesy runner and moved to second on a wild pitch. Sean Daly then hit a grounder behind second and Ryan got caught in a rundown and Sean nearly got put out as well before sliding into second. Phil Henry then beat out an infield single to move Sean Daly over to third with 1 out. Lerandeau then grounded out to second but Daly was able to score the tying run.
In the bottom of the eighth Riener hit a 2-out double and Chad Arnzen followed with a double that knocked in Riener with the winning run.
Rieman picked up the win with 5 2/3 innings of relief. He allowed just 2 runs on 7 hits while striking out 11 with no walks. Riener had allowed 5 runs on 5 hits with 2 walks, 2 hit batsmen and 2 strikeouts.
Riener and Arnzen each had 2 singles and a double in the game while Rieman had 3 singles. Funke, Sean Daly, Henry and Lerandeau each had a single.
Arnzen wound up with 3 RBI while Lerandeau had 2 RBI.
In the second game Prairie took a quick lead with a 5-run first and never looked back.
They got their 5 runs on just 1 hit as 2 walks, 2 errors and a hit batsman did most of the damage.
Funke walked to lead off the game, stole second and went to third on a wild pitch. He scored on Forsmann’s grounder to second with Forsmann reaching on an error. Riener reached on an error by the third baseman and after an out, Rieman was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Forsmann scored on Sean Daly’s sacrifice fly to center and Henry was walked to reload the bases. A wild pitch moved all the runners up a base as Riener scored. Lerandeau then knocked in 2 runs with the only hit of the inning, a flare that dropped into left.
Prairie added 2 more runs in the second inning as Forsmann was walked, moved to second on Riener’s groundout, stole third and scored on a wild pitch. Arnzen then pounded a homer down the left field line that the umpire said hooked around the foul pole even though it landed foul.
Prairie made it 9-0 with a 2-run fourth. Forsmann and Riener both walked and Arnzen doubled down the left field line to score both runners.
Troy got their runs in the bottom of the fourth. Forsmann had started and set down the side in order then Riener was given another shot on the mound. He made it through 2 innings with no trouble then got wild in his third inning. He walked 4 batters in the inning and allowed 1 hit. An error allowed Troy to score 2 of their 3 runs as it would’ve been the third out with only 1 run scoring. 2 walks after the error allowed 2 more runs to score.
Riener came back strong in the next inning though to strike out the side.
Prairie added a run in the fifth as Lerandeau led off with a double to left. Nate Kaschmitter and Funke both walked to load the bases and Lerandeau scored on Forsmann’s sacrifice fly to center.
Prairie added 2 more in the sixth thanks to 4 hits.
Rieman led off with a single to left but was forced at second by Sean Daly. Henry, Lerandeau and Kaschmitter followed with singles as Daly and Henry scored.
Rieman came on to pitch the sixth and Forsmann pitched the seventh as the 3 pitchers combined on a 1-hitter.
Riener pitched 4 innings allowing 3 runs on 1 hit with 5 walks and 10 strikeouts. Forsmann pitched 2 innings without allowing a baserunner while striking out 4. Rieman pitched 1 inning with 2 strikeouts and a walk.
Prairie had 11 hits in the game with Lerandeau going 4 for 4 with a double and 3 singles. Rieman had a double and 2 singles. Arnzen had a homer and a double while Henry and Kaschmitter each had a single.
Arnzen had 3 RBI in the game while Forsmann and Lerandeau had 2 each.
Troy 0 4 1 0 2 0 0 0—7 12 3
Prairie 1 1 1 0 3 0 1 1—8 13 2
Prairie 5 2 0 2 1 2 0—12 11 1
Troy 0 0 0 3 0 0 0— 3 1 4
Pirates lose at Grangeville
The Prairie baseball team lost a non-league encounter at Grangeville Monday, April 25 by a 3-12 score.
Chad Arnzen got a rare start on the mound as Prairie’s regular pitchers needed the rest after a pair of league doubleheaders in the previous 5 days.
He allowed 12 runs on 12 hits in the 5-inning game.
Prairie took the lead with a run in the top of the first but Grangeville tied it in the bottom of the inning and took the lead for good with 3 runs in the second.
Prairie’s other two runs came in the third inning.
The Pirates picked up 5 hits in the game with Sean Daly, Danny Riener, Arnzen, Mat Forsmann and Eric Lerandeau each collecting a single.
With the loss Prairie drops to 5-8 on the season.
Prairie 1 0 2 0 0— 3 5 2
Grangeville 1 3 5 0 3—12 12 0
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4-Culdesac, here, 4:30 p.m., completion of suspended game first.
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