Pirates edge Genesee for first ever District title
Eric Daly came up with a game-saving catch in the bottom of the seventh inning as Prairie beat Genesee 3-1 in the district championship baseball game Friday, May 12 at Juliaetta.The team with the first place trophy.
We believe this is Prairie’s first ever district title. Despite the fact they have gone to state many times, it has always been as the second or third team from the district.
C.J. Rieman pitched an outstanding game for the Pirates allowing just 6 hits and recording 13 straight outs at one point.
Prairie managed just 3 hits in the game but two of them figured in the scoring.
Mat Forsmann led off the game with a base hit to left. He stole second and went to third as the throw went into centerfield.
Rieman then grounded out to first but Forsmann was able to score on the play for a 1-0 Prairie lead.
Genesee came right back in the bottom of the first with a leadoff double and subsequent single that scored the runner.
The team erupted out of the dugout after Eric Daly's catch to celebrate on the field.Rieman allowed another hit but the runner was held at third. Rieman then got out of the inning with a strikeout.
Sam Forsmann led off the second inning with a single but a double play kept Prairie from scoring.
In the third Nate Kaschmitter led off and drew a walk on 4 pitches. Chris Schumacher was then hit with the next pitch putting two runners on. Mat Forsmann followed with a single to right that scored Kaschmitter and advanced Schumacher to second. A groundout by Rieman advanced the runners. Dan Riener was then walked intentionally to load the bases.
Phil Henry then hit a short fly ball behind second. The second baseman caught it but his throw home was wide allowing Schumacher to score.
Prairie had base runners on in the fifth and sixth but bring them in. Schumacher led off the fifth against a new Genesee pitcher with a walk but was forced at second by Mat Forsmann. Forsmann stole second and again advanced to third on a bad pickoff throw. A lineout to short and a strikeout ended the threat.Nate Kaschmitter scores the go-ahead and eventual winning run on a single by Mat Forsmann.
In the sixth Phil Henry walked and stole second. Sam Forsmann followed with a walk. Henry was then caught trying to steal third. After Ron Chandler was walked, Genesee got out of the inning with a pair of groundouts back to the pitcher.
Meanwhile Genesee mounted a threat in the sixth with a 1 out double and 2-out hit batsman but Rieman struck the next hitter out to end the threat.
In the seventh the first hitter grounded out to first but the next hitter singled down the third base line and the next hitter doubled to left to put runners on second and third with just 1 out. Genesee’s leadoff hitter struck out for the second out.
C.J. Rieman pitched an outstanding game to pick up the win.The next hitter hit a liner to left that should have scored the tying runs and put himself on second, except Eric Daly would have none of that as he raced toward the sinking liner, dove and got his glove under the ball just before it hit the ground for the game-ending out.
Mat Forsmann had 2 of Prairie’s 3 hits in the game while Sam Forsmann had the other. Rieman, Henry and Mat Forsmann each had an RBI.
Rieman allowed 6 hits with no walks and 2 hit batsmen and had 10 strikeouts.
Prairie will face District 3 runner-up Rimrock Thursday, May 18 at 5 p.m. at Juliaetta. Genesee edged Kendrick for the second seed to state. They’ll play at 3 p.m.
Prairie takes a 14-4 record into the state tournament.
Prairie    1 0 2 0 0 0 0—3 3 0
Genesee 1 0 0 0 0 0 0—1 6 2

Prairie to play Rimrock in opener at State
The 1-A state baseball tournament will start Thursday, May 18 at Kendrick’s home field in Juliaetta.
Genesee will face District 3 champion Council at 3 p.m. with Prairie to face Rimrock at 5 p.m.
The losers will play at 10 a.m. (game 3) on Friday with the losers to play at noon (game 4).
The winner of game 3 will face the loser of game 4 at 2 p.m. (game 5).
The game 5 winner will play the game 4 winner at noon on Saturday (game 6). If the game 4 winner wins game 6 they will be the champion. If the game 5 winner wins, there will be a game 7 at 2 p.m. Saturday with the winner of that being the state champion.

Nida, Riener win Regional titles
Nicole Nida swept the sprints while J.D. Riener won the discus at the Regional Track Meet Friday and Saturday, May 12 and 13 at Kamiah.Nicole Nida beat the defending state champ to win the 200 at Regionals, breaking the meet record in the process.
The top 4 in each event plus the top two relays advance to state.
As a team the girls took second place, just 5 points behind District champ Genesee and 2 points ahead of Kootenai.
Nida won the 100 in 12.8, the 200 in 26.7 and the 400 in 1:00.7, breaking Regional Meet records in each event. In the 200 she beat the defending state champion, Darcy Collins of Kootenai, who was second in 27.3.
Riener also broke the meet record with his 156’11” mark in the discus. Riener will also compete at state in the shot put where he took second with a personal best mark of 49’3½”.
Tabitha Sonnen qualified for state in 3 events as she was second in both the 100 hurdles and triple jump and third in the 300 hurdles. She had a time of 16.9 in the 100 hurdles, 50.7 in the 300 hurdles and jumped 31’4¾” in the triple jump.
Gina Holthaus took second in the long jump with a personal best mark of 15’9¾”. She was just ¼” out of first.
Kaylee Uhlenkott took third in the shot put with a mark of 33’2”.
Charlene Duman took fourth in the discus with a mark of 103’10”.
Tim Russell took third in the boys 800 in a personal best time of 2:07.7.
J.D. Riener broke the regional meet record to win the discus competition.The girls 4x400 relay also qualified for state as the team of Casandra Schaeffer, Sonnen, Kayla Lorentz and Nida took second place in 4:24.2. Nida took the baton for the anchor leg about 20 yards behind Genesee but was able to make up the deficit to get the team to state.
At state Duman will be the first competitor as she’ll compete in the discus at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 18. She has the fourth best qualifying mark as the top 6 marks are all from our region.
Most everybody else will get into action on Friday, May 19.
Holthaus in the long jump, Riener in the shot put and Uhlenkott in the shot put will compete at 9 a.m. Holthaus has the fifth best qualifying mark and will compete in the second flight. Riener has the second best mark and will compete in the second flight. Uhlenkott has the fourth best mark and will also be in the second flight.
Sonnen in the triple jump and Riener in the discus will compete at 10:30 a.m. Sonnen has the tenth best qualifying mark and will compete in the first flight. Riener has the top qualifying mark and will compete last in the second flight.
Running prelims start at 11:30 a.m. and will proceed in order of 3A, 2A and 1A. Sonnen will be in the second of 3 heats in the 100 hurdles prelims. She has the fourth best qualifying time among the competitors.
Nida will be in the second heat of the 100 prelims. She has the second best qualifying time. She will be in the second heat of the 400 and has the best qualifying time. She also has the best qualifying time in the 200 and will be in the second heat.
Sonnen will be in the second of 3 heat in the 300 hurdles and has the sixth best qualifying mark among 17 competitors.
The 800 meter final for Russell will be on Saturday. He has the ninth best qualifying mark.
The 4x400 relay will be the final girls event on Saturday. Prairie has the third best qualifying time.
Charlene Duman took fourth to qualify for state in the discus.
Tabitha Sonnen took second in the triple jump to qualify for state.
Nicole Nida won the 100 in meet record time.
Tabitha Sonnen has just handed to Kayla Lorentz in the 4x400 relay.
Tabitha Sonnen took second in the 100 hurdles.
Tim Russell broke his personal record by a bunch to qualify for state in the 800. He finished third.
Jake Holthaus set a personal best in the triple jump but came up just inches short of qualifying for state.

18-20-State at Lewiston. First game vs. Rimrock at 5 p.m. Thursday, May 18.

18-20-State at Boise. See story above for event times.

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