Pirates split with Genesee, Riener hits walkoff homer in win
The Prairie baseball team split a doubleheader with Genesee Monday, April 24 at Cottonwood in the first home games of the season.The whole team greets Dan Riener at home after his game-ending 2-run homer against Genesee.
Dan Riener ended the first game in dramatic fashion with a 2-run “walk-off” homer for a 2-1 win and in the second game the Pirates nearly overcame a 5-run deficit only to lose 7-8.
The opening game was a classic pitcher’s duel as Prairie’s C.J. Rieman and Genesee’s Tyler Souders matched zeroes on the scoreboard for 5 innings.
Souders’ performance was more dominating as he allowed just 2 baserunners in the first 6 innings, when Ron Chandler reached on a dropped fly ball in the second and Eric Lerandeau’s double over the fence in right in the fifth.
Rieman meanwhile allowed hits in 5 of the 7 innings but strikeouts and good defensive plays got him out of the innings.
Genesee nearly scored in the first when the leadoff hit reached on a 2-base error. The next batter singled to left but Kyle Daly threw to shortstop Mat Forsmann who threw to Riener to nail the runner trying to score.
Souders finally got to Rieman in the sixth when he hit a home run just to the left of the doubles pole in right center.
Dan Riener has a hug grin on his face as he circles the bases on his walk-off homer.In the bottom of the seventh Philip Henry led off with a single between first and second and Riener followed by hitting an 0-1 pitch high and deep to left center which cleared the fence with plenty to spare.
Rieman wound up with the win as he allowed just 1 run on 5 hits with 13 strikeouts and no walks.
Prairie had just 3 hits, the homer by Riener, double by Lerandeau and single by Henry.
In the second game Souders staked the Bulldogs to an early lead with a 2-run homer to left in the first inning of Mat Forsmann.
Genesee added a run in the second on a pair of singles for a 0-3 lead.
Prairie came back to tie the score in the third. Henry walked to lead off the inning and Riener doubled over the centerfielder’s head. Henry had to wait to see if the ball dropped in and only made it to third. Rieman followed with a single to the right field corner that scored Henry.
Chandler followed by forcing Rieman with Riener having to hold at third. After a second out, Chris Schumacher doubled to right center to score both Riener and Chandler and tie the score.
Prairie couldn’t get Genesee out though in the bottom of the inning as the Bulldogs got to Forsmann for 5 runs on 4 hits, 2 hit batsmen and an error.C.J. Rieman kept the Pirates close, allowing just 1 run and 5 hits against Genesee.
Chandler came on in relief in the fifth and shut down the Bulldogs, getting out of a bases loaded jam in the sixth with a called third strike on a 3-2 pitch.
Meanwhile Prairie was able to chip away at the deficit. 
In the fourth Forsmann led off with a double and scored on Riener’s double.
In the sixth Lerandeau reached on a passed ball third strike, went to second on a balk and scored on Sam Forsmann’s pinch-hit single to left.
In the seventh Sean Daly led off with a walk and Henry followed with a single. Riener singled up the middle to score Daly. Henry scored on Rieman’s groundout to third.
Riener tried to score the tying run on Chandler’s grounder to third but was called out at the plate and the game ended on a strikeout.
Prairie had 10 hits in the game with Riener collecting 2 doubles and a single. Mat Forsmann and Chris Schumacher each had a double and Sean Daly, Henry, Rieman, Chandler and Sam Forsmann each had a single.
Forsmann allowed 8 runs on 10 hits with no walks, 3 hit batsmen and 4 strikeouts in four innings. Chandler allowed no runs, 1 hit, 2 walks and had 2 strikeouts in 2 innings.
Prairie is now 6-2 in league play and 7-5 overall.
Game 1
Genesee  0 0 0 0 0 1 0—1 5 1
Prairie     0 0 0 0 0 0 2—2 3 1
Game 2
Prairie    0 0 0 3 1 1 2—7 10 3
Genesee 2 1 0 5 0 0 x—8 11 0

Pirates beat Culdesac 12-1
The Prairie baseball team finally got back into action as they won 12-1 at Culdesac Tuesday, April 18.
The game was originally scheduled for Cottonwood but was moved to Culdesac due to wet field conditions.
Philip Henry’s 2-run homer in the first inning gave Prairie all the runs they would need. Sean Daly, who had singled, also scored on the play.
Prairie added 4 more runs in the second inning on 2 walks followed by 4 straight singles.
Eric Lerandeau walked to lead off the inning and Nick Johnson followed with a 1-out walk. Mat Forsmann, Sean Daly, Henry and Dan Riener all followed with singles. Prairie just missed scoring a fifth run as Daly was called out at the plate on a great relay throw from the Culdesac second baseman.
In the third inning Prairie added 6 more runs as they picked up 2 more home runs.
C.J. Rieman led off the inning with a homer to left. After an out, Chris Schumacher singled to right and Johnson walked. Forsmann then clubbed a 3-run homer down the left field line. After a second out, Henry and Riener each singled and Ron Chandler walked. Rieman then singled down the left field line to bring home 2 runs.
Culdesac got their only run in the fourth inning on a leadoff walk followed by a double off Henry, who had come on in relief of Rieman. Henry then settled down and allowed just one more baserunner.
Rieman pitched the first 3 innings allowing just 1 hit while striking out 6. Henry allowed 1 hit and 1 run while striking out 3 and walking 2.
Prairie pounded out 15 hits. Henry had a homer and two singles while Riener had 3 singles. Forsmann and Rieman each had a homer and a single, Daly had 2 singles and Chris Schumacher, Ben Schumacher and Sam Forsmann each had a single.
Culdesac 0 0 0 1 0—  1   2 3
Prairie      2 4 6 0 x—12 15 1

Pirates sweep Lewis County
The Prairie baseball team swept a doubleheader against Lewis County at Nezperce Thursday, April 20, winning 16-0 and 11-1 with both innings ending after 5 innings on the 10-run mercy rule.
Sam Forsmann connects and head for first against Lewis County.Mat Forsmann dominated on the mound in the opening game as he faced just 2 batters over the minimum in a 1-hitter. He struck out 15 hitters, although 1 of those reached base on a passed ball. The only out not to come via strikeout was a groundout to first in the third inning. 9 of the 15 strikeouts were called third strikes.
Meanwhile the Pirates pounded the ball on offense. The first four hitters all reached base and scored. Forsmann walked to lead off the game and Sean Daly doubled to left center to score him. Phil Henry singled to right to score Daly and Dan Riener followed with a fly ball to left that was dropped for a 2-base error. Eric Lerandeau reached on an error that allowed 2 more runs to score.
In the second inning Forsmann led off with a double down the left field line and Daly followed with a walk. Henry singled home Forsmann and Daly came into score on C.J. Rieman’s groundout to short.
In the third Chris Schumacher and Eric Daly both walked and Forsmann singled to score Schuamcher. Daly then scored on his brother Sean’s sacrifice fly to left. Forsmann scored on Henry’s single to right and after stealing second, Henry scored on Riener’s single to left. Rieman was then hit by a pitch on what would’ve been ball four anyway. After an out, Ron Chandler doubled down the left field line to score both Riener and Rieman.
In the fourth inning Forsmann reached on a 1-out walked and scored when Sean Daly tripled to deep left center. After Henry walked, Daly scored on a sacrifice fly by Riener. Henry came in to score on Sam Forsmann’s infield single.
In the fifth inning Ryan Daly pinch-hit for his brother Eric and beat out an infield single. He stole second and came around to score the game’s final run when Ben Schumacher reached on a throwing error by the Lewis County shortstop.
Prairie had 11 hits in the game as Henry had 3 singles, Sean Daly and double and triple, Mat Forsmann a double and single, Chandler a double and Riener, Sam Forsmann and Ryan Daly each had a single.
Riener got the pitching assignment in the second game, and although not as dominating as Forsmann, was nearly as effective as he allowed just 1 run and 3 hits with 6 strikeouts, 3 walks and 2 hit batters.Sean Daly watches the flight of the ball off his bat. He had a double and triple against Lewis County.
Riener had a no-hitter going until the fourth when he gave up a leadoff single and 2 other singles that led to Lewis County’s only run of the day. Lewis County looked to score more in that inning but Riener picked a runner off third to help himself out of the jam.
Prairie scored a single run in the first as Mat Forsmann led off with a bunt single and went to second on a wild throw to first. He scored on Henry’s single to left.
Prairie added 3 more in the third inning on just 1 hit. Sean Daly walked and Henry reached on an error. Riener walked to load the bases. Daly scored on Rieman’s sacrifice fly. Henry scored on Eric Lerandeau’s groundout to first and Chandler doubled to center to score Riener.
Prairie added 4 more in the fourth. Eric Daly and Mat Forsmann walked and Sean Daly reached on an infield single with Eric Daly scoring. Henry then triple to right center to score 2 more runs and then scored himself on Riener’s single.
Prairie was able to end the game on the 10-run rule in the bottom of the fifth. Eric Daly again walked to lead off the inning. 2 wild pitches moved him to third and he scored on Forsmann’s sacrifice fly behind second. Sean Daly walked and stole both second and third and scored on Henry’s single to right. When the ball got past the rightfielder, Henry was able to go all the way to third. He scored the game-ending run on Riener’s single to left.
Prairie had 10 hits in the game as Henry had a triple and 2 singles. Chandler had a double and single, Riener had 2 singles and Forsmann, Sean Daly and Rieman each had a single. 
Game 1
Prairie        4 2 6 3 1—16 11 0
L.C.           0 0 0 0 0—  0   1 3
Game 2
L.C.           0 0 0 0 1—  1   3 3
Prairie        1 0 3 4 3—11 10 1

Pirates lose at Grangeville
The Prairie baseball team got thumped in a 5-inning non-league game at Grangeville 4-15 Friday, April 21.
With 3 league games already played in the week and another the following day, Phil Henry was asked to take one for the team on the mound.
He did a good job, holding Grangeville to 5 runs on just 4 hits in the first 3 innings but things fell apart in the fourth as Grangeville came up with 10 runs despite getting only a 4 balls out of the infield.
Prairie was shut out for the first 3 innings but had rallied in the top of the fourth with 3 runs to cut the lead to 2 before Grangeville’s big inning.
N the fourth C.J. Rieman led off with an infield single. Eric Lerandeau and Ron Chandler each followed with singles up the middle as Rieman scored. 
Lerandeau came in to score on a balk.
Chris Schumacher reached on an error and then Eric Daly grounded to third. Chandler was called out at the plate on the play on a very close play. Mat Forsmann then singled up the middle to score Schumacher.
Prairie added another run in the fifth on 3 singles. Rieman hit a 1-out single to left, moved to third on a groundout and scored on Chandler’s single up the middle. Schumacher reached on an infield hit but the game ended on a pickoff play.
Prairie had 8 hits in the game, all singles. Chandler, Rieman and Schumacher each had 2 hits while Forsmann and Lerandeau each had 1 hit.
Henry allowed 12 hits with 7 walks and 1 hit batsman. He had 3 strikeouts.
Prairie also was able to get in a JV game for the first time this season and lost to Grangeville 6-10.
It was a back-and-forth game until the bottom of the fourth when Grangeville scored 6 runs.
Eric Daly pitched for the JV’s and allowed 12 hits with 1 walk and 2 hit batters and 4 strikeouts.
Grangeville took the lead with a run in the first but Prairie answered with 2 in the second. Chandler walked and Ben Schumacher singled. Ben Forsmann singled to score Chandler. Schumacher scored on Nick Johnson’s grounder to third.
Grangeville took back the lead with 2 runs in the bottom of the second.
Prairie tied it in the third with a 2-out rally. Kyle Daly walked with 2 outs. Sam Forsmann singled and Chandler singled to score Daly. 
Grangeville took back the lead with a run in the bottom of the third but Prairie again tied it in the fourth.
Ben Schumacher led off with a single, went to second on a wild pitch, to third on a groundout and scored on another wild pitch.
Grangeville scored 6 in the bottom of the fourth and Prairie tried to rally back in the fifth.
Eric and Kyle Daly each walked. Eric scored on a passed ball and Kyle scored on Sam Forsmann’s single up the middle. The rally died there as the game ended.
Prairie had 6 hits in the game with Sam Forsmann and Ben Schumacher collecting 2 singles each. Ben Forsmann and Chandler each added a single.
Prairie             0 0 0   3 1—  4   8 2
Grangeville      3 0 2 10 x—15 12 5

Kendrick defeats Pirates 2-4
The Prairie baseball team jumped out to a 2-0 lead but couldn’t make it stand up as they lost 2-4 at Kendrick Saturday, April 22.
It was their first league loss of the season.
Dan Riener got the Pirates on the board with a 2-run homer in the first inning but that was all the scoring the Pirates would get in the game.
Kendrick came right back in the bottom of the first to tie the score and won it with 2 runs in the fifth. Prairie managed 7 hits in the game but after the first couldn’t get the key hit when they need it.
Riener wound up with 3 hits while Eric Daly had 2 singles. C.J. Rieman and Eric Lerandeau each had a double.
Rieman pitched for Prairie and allowed 5 hits.
Prairie          2 0 0 0 0 0 0—2 7 2
Kendrick      2 0 0 0 2 0 0—4 5 2

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