Pirates beat Kendrick 22-2
The Prairie baseball team clobbered a long-time nemesis when they beat the Kendrick Tigers 22-2 at Cottonwood Tuesday, May 2. It was their final regular season game.Phil Henry is greeted at the plate after his leadoff homer in the 4th inning.
Last year they beat Kendrick just once in 4 tries and before that it had been many years since they beat the Tigers. They lost to them earlier this year 2-4.
Pitcher Mat Forsmann gave up two doubles in the first inning as Kendrick took a 0-1 lead.
He then led off the bottom of the inning with a deep fly out to center.  The next 11 Pirate hitters all reached base though as Prairie piled up 9 runs in the bottom of the first.
C. J. Rieman started things with a double and scored on Dan Riener’s single to left. Phil Henry walked and Ronnie Chandler reached on an error by the shortstop to load the bases. Sean Daly singled up the middle to score 2 runners. Sam Forsmann and Chris Schumacher each walked to reload the bases and Eric Lerandeau reached on another shortstop error with a run scoring. Mat Forsmann then knocked in another run with a fielder’s choice as Schumacher was forced at third. 
Rieman singled to center to score another run and reached second when the ball was misplayed by the centerfielder. 
Riener then knocked in two more runs with a single to left.
The Pirates made it 10-1 with a run in the second.
Chandler led off with a single to right. Daly followed with a single to left with the runners moving to second and third on another outfield error.
Chandler then scored on Schumacher’s groundout to second.
Kendrick scored their second run in the third when a leadoff error and a double to left center put runners on second and third. The run came in on a groundout to short.
Prairie put the game out of reach in the bottom of the third with 8 more runs.
Eric Lerandeau connects for a hit against Kendrick.Mat Forsmann led off with a single and went to third on a wild pitch and a passed ball. Ryan Daly went in as a courtesy runner at that point and scored when Rieman reached on an error by the third baseman. Rieman went to second on the error and to third on another wild pitch. Riener then picked up another RBI with another single to left.
Henry walked and Kendrick then changed pitchers. Chandler greeted the new pitcher with a double to left with 2 runs scoring.
After a groundout Sam Forsmann reached on an error and Schumacher was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Lerandeau singled to right with two runs scoring. Another error allowed Schumacher and Lerandeau to move to second and third. Mat Forsmann hit a flyball single to right with only one run scoring as the runners had to hold. Lerandeau scored the final run of the inning on Rieman’s groundout to second.
Prairie added 4 more in the bottom of the fourth. Henry led off with a homer to right center. After an out Daly singled to left and Sam Forsmann reached on an error. A bad pickoff throw allowed both runners to move up. Schumacher singled to center to score Daly and Nate Kaschmitter singled to center to score Sam Forsmann. Mat Schumacher dropped a flare behind third for a single to load the bases and Riener walked to force home Schumacher.
Riener wound up with 3 singles and 5 RBI in the game.
Prairie pounded out 17 hits in the game with 9 Kendrick errors helping their cause.
In addition to Riener’s 3 hits Sean Daly and Mat Forsmann had 3 singles each, Rieman and Chandler each had a double and single, Henry had a homer and Schumacher, Lerandeau and Kaschmitter each had a single.
Mat Forsmann pitched all 5 innings allowing just 3 hits and 2 runs. He walked none, hit 2 and struck out 7.
With the win Prairie ends their regular season with an 11-4 record overall and a 10-2 record in league, good for second place behind Genesee.
The JV team played and struggled defensively in a 2-14 loss. Most of the damage was done in a 12-run third inning which saw 6 Pirate errors. None of the runs were earned.
Prairie scored both their runs in the third inning. 
Ron Chandler and Kyle Daly each singled. Josh Gabica walked to load the bases and Nick Johnson hit a 2-run single to left.
Those three hits were also the JVs’ only hits in the game.
Pitcher Eric Daly went 2 2/3 innings and allowed 13 runs on 8 hits with 1 walk, 3 hit batters and 2 strikeouts. Chandler pitched the final 2 1/3 innings allowing 1 run on 3 hits with no walks and 3 strikeouts.
Kendrick 1 0 1 0 0—  2   3 9
Prairie      9 1 8 4 x—22 17 2

Pirates advance to championship game
The Prairie baseball team earned a trip to the district championship game with a pair of wins at Juliaetta Saturday, May 6.Mat Forsmann steals second after reaching on a bunt single to lead off the sixth. He ignited the game-winning rally.
They defeated Culdesac 13-6 and then beat Kendrick 8-3.
They will face Genesee at Juliaetta at 3 p.m. Friday, May 12 in the championship game. 
In their opener against Culdesac the Pirates jumped out to a 6-0 lead with 2 runs in the first and 4 more in the third.
Culdesac rallied in the fourth inning though with 5 hits off Prairie starter Phil Henry, who had sailed through the first three innings. The Wolves tied the score at 6 before Mat Forsmann was put in for relief and got the Pirates out of the inning and shut down the Wolves the rest of the way.
The Pirates then came right back with 4 runs in the bottom of the inning, including a solo homer by Forsmann, to retake the lead.
They added 1 more in the fifth and 2 in the sixth for the final margin.
Prairie had 12 hits and also took advantage of 5 errors by the Wolves.
Mat and Sam Forsmann each had 3 hits for the Pirates. Mat had a homer and 2 singles while Sam had a double and 2 singles. C. J. Rieman, Dan Riener, Henry, Ronnie Chandler, Eric Lerandeau and Chris Schumacher each added a single.
Later in the day the Pirates faced Kendrick for the right to face Genesee in the championship game.
Kendrick had a 2-out rally in the top of the first with 2 singles bracketing an error to score 2 runs.
Prairie came right back in the bottom of the inning though with 3 runs to take the lead.
Mat Forsmann reached on an error leading off and stole second. Rieman singled to left to score Mat. Riener walked and Henry singled up the middle to score Rieman. Sam Forsmann beat out an infield single to load the bases. Lerandeau then walked to force in Riener with the go-ahead run. With the bases still loaded and nobody out, Prairie could’ve had a really big inning but a strikeout, pop-up and fielder’s choice got the Tigers out of the inning with no further damage.
In the third inning Kendrick tied the score with a double and single and then pulled off a delayed double steal for the run.
After Kendrick tied the score Rieman toughened on the mound and allowed only 3 more baserunners the rest of the game.
Prairie had their chances in the third, fourth and fifth innings but couldn’t get a run in. In the third Sam Forsmann and Lerandeau each singled with 1 out but a pair of fly ball outs kept the runners from scoring.
Sam Forsmann beats a pickoff attempt at first. He had 3 hits in each game Saturday.In the fourth Mat Forsmann walked with 1 out and Riener was intentionally walked with 2 out. Henry was then hit by a pitch but the home plate umpire felt he had ducked into the pitch and kept him at the plate. He struck out on the next pitch to end the inning. That was a big out as it would’ve loaded the bases for hot hitter Sam Forsmann who already had 5 hits on the day.
Sam led off the next inning by beating out an infield hit. He was forced at second by Lerandeau. Lerandeau went to second on a passed ball and advanced to third when Sean Daly reached on an error. Daly then got picked off in the old fake-to-third-throw-to-first play with Chandler at the plate in a pinch-hitting role. Instead of first and third with 1 out it was now a runner on third with 2 outs. Chandler was walked and Kendrick then got out of the inning with a groundout.
Prairie finally got a rally together in the sixth. Mat Forsmann started it with a perfect bunt down the third base line for a hit. He then stole second. Rieman flew out to right and Riener was intentionally walked. Henry beat out an infield single with Mat Forsmann scoring the go-ahead run. Sam Forsmann then forced Henry at second. After Sam stole second, Lerandeau worked a walk. On ball four the ball got past the catcher and Riener scored from third. Forsmann then scored when Daly reached on an error by the second baseman.
Nat Kaschmitter walked on a 3-2 pitch with the ball again getting away allowing Lerandeau to score from third.
Chris Schumacher then grounded to third but the throw went wide and Daly scored to make it 8-3.
In the top of the seventh Rieman got 2 outs then gave up a single down the third base line. The leadoff hitter for Kendrick was up next and worked a 3-2 count before Rieman got him swinging for the fourth time to end the game.
Prairie had 8 hits in the game led by Sam Forsmann who had 3 singles. Henry had 2 singles and Mat Forsmann, Rieman and Lerandeau each had a single.
Rieman allowed 6 hits with no walks and struck out 11. 2 of the 3 runs Kendrick scored were unearned.
Prairie takes a 13-4 record into the championship game. The loser of the championship game will face the winner of the game just prior to the championship game for the second seed to state.
Vs. Culdesac
Culdesac 0 0 0 6 0 0 0—  6   8 5
Prairie      2 0 4 4 1 2 x—13 12 1
Vs. Kendrick
Kendrick 2 0 1 0 0 0 0—3 6 4
Prairie 3 0 0 0 0 5 x—8 8 2

Riener, Sonnen win at Area Best Meet
J.D. Riener won the discus competition and Tabitha Sonnen won the triple jump at the annual Meet of Champions at Lewiston Thursday, May 4.
Riener’s mark of 146’1” was a foot better than the second place mark. He also took second in the shot put at 47’9”.
Sonnen meanwhile was competing in the triple jump for the first time all year. She qualified for the meet with a mark she put up in practice earlier in the week. She won with a jump of 32’3½”. She was also third in the 100 hurdles in a personal best mark of 16.4 and was fourth in the 300 hurdles in 49.7.
Nicole Nida also placed in 3 events as she was second in both the 100 and 400 and fourth in the 200. She had season best times of 12.7 in the 100 and 1:01.0 in the 400. Her time was 26.3 in the 200.
The girls also picked up a third in the 4x400 relay as the team of Kayla Lorentz, Gina Holthaus, Sonnen and Nida had a time of 4:23.1. Nida ran anchor and passed two other team, including Grangeville to finish third.
The track team will be competing at the Regional meet at Kamiah this Friday and Saturday. The top 4 in each individual event and top 2 relays advance to state.
JD Riener won the discus event with this toss.
In her first try at the triple jump this year, Tabitha Sonnen won at Lewiston last week.
Casandra Schaeffer hands off to Kayla Lorentz in one of the relays.
Nicole Nida ran so fast her hair came undone as she finishes up the 4x400 relay.

12-Championship game vs. Genesee, 3 p.m.; Loser plays again at 5 p.m. for second place to state.
18-20-State at Lewiston

12-13-Regionals at Kamiah, 2 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. Saturday
19-20-State at Boise

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