beat Lewis County 13-1
The Prairie baseball team pounded out 10 hits and 13 runs as they rolled to a 13-1 win over Lewis County Tuesday, May 3 at Cottonwood.
Highlighting the hitting attack were a pair of home runs, one each by Chad Arnzen and Eric Lerandeau.
Arnzen’s homer in the first inning erased Lewis County’s only lead of the game.
Lewis County got 2 hits in the first inning that combined with an outfield error led to a run.
Prairie responded in the bottom of the first as Kevin Funke reached on a blooper to left and Mat Forsmann reached on an error. After an out Arnzen crushed an 0-1 pitch to deep right center to put Prairie up 3-1.
Two batters later C.J. Rieman hit one over the centerfielder’s head that went all the way to the fence for a triple. He scored on Sean Daly’s single up the middle for a 4-1 Prairie lead.
After the first inning trouble pitcher Mat Forsmann settled down and allowed just 3 more baserunners the rest of the way., never more than one an inning. He wound up allowing 4 hits while striking out 10 and walking none.
Prairie added 4 more runs in the second inning on 2 walks and 3 hits. Chris Schumacher and Funke both walked. After a pair of outs, Arnzen picked up 2 more RBI, giving him 5 for the game, on a double to deep centerfield. Arnzen then scored on Lerandeau’s single down the third base line. Lerandeau came around to score on Rieman’s single to right for an 8-1 lead.
The Pirates tacked on 5 more runs in the fourth which allowed them to end the game after the top of the fifth on the 10-run mercy rule.
Arnzen started things off by reaching on an error. Daniel Sigler went in as a pinchrunner and scored ahead of Lerandeau’s homer to left. Rieman reached on another error and Daly followed with a single to left. Sam Forsman walked to load the bases and Schumacher reached on the third baseman’s third error of the inning with 2 runs scoring. 2 batters later Mat Forsmann singled to left to score Sam Forsmann with the final run of the game.
Arnzen had a double and homer and 5 RBI in the game while Lerandeau had a single and homer and 3 RBI. Rieman had a single and a triple and Daly had a pair of singles. Funke and Mat Forsmann each picked up a single in the game.
Lewis County 1 0 0 0 0— 1 4 6
Prairie 4 4 0 5 x—13 10 1
Pirates sweep Wolves
The Prairie baseball team clinched second place in the White Pine League with a sweep of Culdesac Wednesday, May 4 at Culdesac.
The games had been scheduled for Cottonwood but were moved to Culdesac due to wet field conditions.
In the completion of an earlier rain-suspended game, Prairie scored 11 runs in the final two innings for a 15-0 win in a game called after 5 innings on the 10-run mercy rule.
They continued piling up the runs in the second game as they put up 15 runs in the first 2 innings and added 10 more in the fourth for a 25-0 win that game them a final league record of 10-2, 10-7 overall.
C.J. Rieman had started the first game last month with Prairie holding a 4-0 lead when play was picked up in the top of the fourth. Danny Riener pitched the final two innings. Rieman allowed just 1 hit in the first 3 innings and Riener allowed 2 hits.
The Pirates had 8 hits in the game with Riener picking up half of them on 3 singles and a double. Mat Forsmann, Sean Daly, Phil Henry and Chris Schumacher had the other hits, all singles.
Rieman pitched the second game and tossed a 2-hit shutout with 9 strikeouts and no walks. The only other baserunner came on an error.
Prairie meanwhile pounded the two Culdesac pitchers.
Mat Forsmann and Phil Henry each homered in the game, the first of the season for both hitters. Henry’s homer was a grand slam. He wound up with 5 RBI in the game. Both also had a single. Riener made it 6 hits in the doubleheader with another pair of singles while Daly and Nate Kaschmitter each had a pair of singles. Also collecting hits were Kevin Funke, Ben Forsmann, Daniel Sigler, Rieman and Chris Schumacher.
Prairie 1 3 0 4 7—15 8 1
Culdesac 0 0 0 0 0— 0 3 8
Culdesac 0 0 0 0 0— 0 2 6
Prairie 6 9 0 10 x—25 15 1
Pirates advance to district title game
The Prairie baseball team quickly advanced to the championship game of the District Tournament with a 4-1 win over Genesee Saturday, May 7 at Kendrick.
It didn’t start well as pitcher Mat Forsmann walked the leadoff hitter and after a strikeout, allowed a single up the middle that left runners on first and third. A sacrifice fly to left scored the runner from third for a 0-1 Genesee lead.
Meanwhile Genesee’s pitcher mowed down Prairie hitters in the first two innings, allowing just 1 baserunner on a walk while striking out 4 batters and getting the other two to pop out to the infield.
With 1 out in the third Chris Schumacher picked up Prairie’s first hit of the game with a single to left. Kevin Funke followed by reaching on a 4-pitch walk. Mat Forsmann then dropped a flare into left that fell in front of the left fielder to load the bases.
Danny Riener battled for a walk that forced in the tying run and Chad Arnzen followed with a 2-run single in the hole between first and second that gave the Pirates a 3-1 lead.
Meanwhile after the rocky first inning, Forsmann settled down and dominated the Genesee hitters. He allowed just 3 more hits in the game and in only 1 other inning did Genesee get more than 1 baserunner.
Genesee did manage to hit some deep fly balls but the Prairie outfielders were able to track most of them down for outs.
The Pirates added an insurance run in the fifth. Funke walked to lead off the inning and Forsmann followed with a walk. After a strikeout, Arnzen walked to load the bases.
Eric Lerandeau then hitting sinking liner to center that the fielder dropped. Funke was able to score but Arnzen was forced out at second as he got caught in no-man’s land thinking the ball would be caught.
The Pirates had just 4 hits in the game but benefited from 6 walks. Sean Daly had a double while Forsmann, Arnzen and Schumacher each had a single.
Forsmann pitched all 7 innings for the win allowing 4 hits and 1 walk while striking out 8.
Prairie will play Kendrick for the District Championship on Saturday, May 14 at noon at Kendrick’s homefield near Juliaetta. The winner advances to state while the loser will play again at 2:30 against the survivor from Friday’s loser-out play.
Prairie now had an 11-7 record on the season.
Genesee 1 0 0 0 0 0 0—1 4 0
Prairie 0 0 3 0 1 0 x—4 4 1
Pirates Baseball 2005
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