The Lady Pirates beat Culdesac 8-5 in the District championship game Tuesday, May 9. Details in next week's update. We also hope to have the game times for the state tournament by then.
VanderPas no-hits Lapwai
In their final league game of the season Meghan VanderPas tossed another no-hitter as the Prairie softball team beat Lapwai 15-0 in 3 innings Tuesday, May 2 at Cottonwood.
Prairie put the game away with an 11-run second inning highlighted by a 3-run double by Brooke Holthaus and a 2-run triple by Tiffany Schaeffer.
Ashley Schaeffer put Prairie on the board in the first inning with a solo home run.
Prairie ended the game after three innings on the 15-run rule with a 4-run third. Kara Guyer had the big hit in that inning with a 2-run homer.
VanderPas struck out 8 of the 9 batters she faced and the only baserunner for Lapwai got picked off.
Prairie had 7 hits in the game led by Brooke Holthaus who had 2 doubles and a single and 5 RBI. Ashley Schaeffer and Guyer each had a homer, Tiffany Schaeffer a triple and Kylie Uhlorn a single.
Prairie ends their league season with an 11-1 record, tied for first with Culdesac. Culdesac wound up with the #1 seed into district due to a better draw in the tiebreaking procedure.
Lapwai 0 0 0— 0 0 3
Prairie 1 11 4—15 7 0
Lady Pirates shut out Grangeville
The Prairie softball team ended their regular season with a 10-0 win over Grangeville Thursday, May 4 at Cottonwood.
Meghan VanderPas had another outstanding outing as she held Grangeville to just 3 hits, all singles, and 4 walks. She struck out 9.
She also had 3 hits including 2 triples.
Prairie scored 2 runs in the first, 4 in the second, 1 each in the fourth and fifth and ended the game on the 10-run mercy rule with 2 runs in the sixth.
The Lady Pirates pounded out 14 hits in the game. In addition to VanderPas’ 3 hits, Ashley Schaeffer had a single and triple and Alli and Brooke Holthaus each had 2 singles. Tiffany Schaeffer, Natalie Arnzen, Kara Guyer, Kim Altman and Lindsey Crea each added a single.
Alli Holthaus had 3 RBI on her two singles.
With the win Prairie ends their regular season with a 16-3 record.
Grangeville 0 0 0 0 0 0— 0 3 2
Prairie 2 4 0 1 1 2—10 14 0
Lady Pirates reach championship game
The Prairie softball team had little trouble reaching the District championship game as they won both their games Saturday, May 6 by 15 runs.
They opened the tournament by beating Timberline 15-0 as Meghan VanderPas tossed a no-hitter.
They then earned a spot in the championship game by beating Lewis County 17-2 with VanderPas allowing only 1 hit.
In the opener against Timberline, Prairie didn’t get to see too many hittable pitches. They drew 9 walks and 6 batters were hit by pitches. That along with 5 errors explains why they were able to score 15 runs despite having just 2 hits.
Prairie manufactured a run in the first inning as Tiffany Schaeffer led off with a walk, stole second, went to third on a passed ball and scored on Ashley Schaeffer’s groundout to first.
In the second inning Prairie scored 5 runs on just 1 hit. Kara Guyer walked and Kylie Uhlorn was hit by a pitch. Guyer eventually scored on a wild pitch and Uhlorn came home on an error.
Lindsey Crea then hit a fly ball that wound up bouncing off the forehead of the Timberline centerfielder for a 2-base error. Tiffany Schaeffer walked and Ashley Schaeffer picked up Prairie’s first hit with a single to left with Crea scoring. After the leftfielder misplayed the ball Tiffany scored and Ashley wound up on third.
VanderPas was hit by a pitch and Carolyn Sonnen went in to run. Ashley Schaeffer then scored on Natalie Arnzen’s grounder to second.
In the third inning Prairie ended the game on the 15-run rule by scoring 9 runs.
The only hit of the inning was Guyer’s leadoff single up the middle.
Brooke Holthaus and Uhlorn were both hit by pitches to load the bases and Crea walked to force home Guyer. Tiffany Schaeffer was then hit by a pitch to force home Kim Altman who was running for Holthaus. Ashley Schaeffer walked to force in Uhlorn.
Crea and Tiffany Schaeffer both scored on wild pitches.
VanderPas walked and Sonnen went in to run again. Ashley Schaeffer and Sonnen both wound up scoring on wild pitches.
After an out, Alli Holthaus worked a 3-0 count and then Timberline changed pitchers. Holthaus walked and Guyer popped out.
Brooke Holthaus was hit by a pitch and Altman went in as a courtesy runner.
Alli Holthaus scored when a pickoff throw went into left field with Altman advancing to third.
Uhlorn then hit a pop-up to first that was dropped for an error with Altman scoring the game-ending run.
VanderPas allowed Timberline only 3 baserunners and 2 of those were caught stealing.
She hit the first batter of the game. Brooke Holthaus tried to pick the runner off but the throw got past first baseman Kim Schaeffer. Rightfielder Tiffany Schaeffer backed up the play and threw the runner out at second.
In the third inning the second batter walked and was then called out at second on a steal attempt. She appeared to have beaten the throw by plenty but was called out by the umpire.
VanderPas hit one other batter and struck out 5.
Ashley Schaeffer and Guyer had Prairie’s only hits.
Against Lewis County Prairie was able to find their hitting stroke as they pounded out 11 hits including 5 for extra bases.
VanderPas limited the Eagles to just 4 base runners as she hit two batters, walked one and gave up a single. She struck out 8.
Prairie scored 4 runs in the first inning on 4 hits with the big hit being a 2-run homer to the rightfield corner by Alli Holthaus. 3 of the 4 runs came after 2 were out.
Ashley Schaeffer beat out an infield single then worked her way around the bases on wild pitches and passed balls to score the first run.
VanderPas walked and Sonnen went in to run. She went to third after two passed balls before scoring on Alli’s homer.
Following Alli’s big hit, Guyer beat out an infield single and stole second. She went to third on Brooke Holthaus’ single and scored on a passed ball.
Neither team scored in the second inning.
In the third Lewis County got on the board when a walk, hit batter and single to right loaded the bases. The run scored on a groundout back to VanderPas who took the out at first as the runner off third got a great jump. The inning ended when the new runner on third got picked off.
Prairie put the game away in the bottom of the third with an 8-run rally.
Arnzen reached on an error and scored when Alli Holthaus tripled to left center. Alli then scored on a passed ball.
Guyer walked and stole second and went to third on a passed ball. After an out Uhlorn walked and went to second on a wild pitch as Guyer scored.
After a second out Tiffany Schaeffer pounded one to deep left field for a 2-run homer.
Ashley Schaeffer reached on an error and VanderPas and Arnzen were hit by pitches to load the bases. Sonnen went in to run for VanderPas. Schaeffer and Sonnen both scored on passed balls. Alli Holthaus then walked and Guyer singled to right to score Arnzen.
Lewis County added another run in the fourth when a hit batter came around to score on an errant pickoff throw.
Prairie needed 5 runs in the bottom of the fourth to end the game on the 15-run rule.
Uhlorn started the inning with an infield single and went to second on a wild pitch. Tiffany Schaeffer hit a pop-fly double to right with Uhlorn only going to third as she had to hold on the fly ball. Uhlorn scored on Ashley Schaeffer’s sacrifice fly to right. Tiffany moved to third on the play and scored on a passed ball.
VanderPas singled up the middle and Arnzen was hit by a pitch. Sonnen, again running for VanderPas, and Arnzen pulled off a double steal.
Both runners scored when the second baseman dropped Alli Holthaus’ short fly ball. Alli moved to third on a stolen base and passed ball and scored on Guyer’s RBI double to right to end the game.
For the game Guyer had a double and 2 singles, Alli Holthaus and homer and triple, Tiffany Schaeffer a homer and double and Ashley Schaeffer, VanderPas, Brooke Holthaus and Uhlorn a single each.
Prairie takes an 18-3 record into the championship game against Culdesac. The game was to be played Tuesday, May 9, after the Chronicle went to the printer. The loser of the championship game was to play Lewis County for the second seed to state.
Timberline 0 0 0— 0 0 5
Prairie 1 5 9—15 2 0
Vs. Lewis County
Lewis County 0 0 1 1— 2 1 3
Prairie 4 0 8 5—17 12 1
LADY PIRATES SOFTBALL 2006