The Prairie baseball team pulled out a 3-2 win over Kamiah for their first home win of the season last Tuesday, April 3 at Cottonwood.
Outstanding pitching by David Sigler and a home run by Dan Riener were the highlights for the Pirates.
Kamiah took the lead in the first inning. With 2 outs, strike 3 got past catcher Riener and the runner was able to reach first. He stole second and scored when the next batter singled up the middle.
Prairie tied the score in the bottom of the second with their own unearned run. Eric Daly walked on 4 pitches to lead off the inning, stole second and went to third when the catcher’s throw got past the Kamiah shortstop.
He scored when Conner Rieman reached on an error.
Prairie took the lead in the third inning when Riener his a 1 out homer over the fence in right center.
The Pirates added a need insurance run when Ben Schumacher led off the fifth with a single and went to second when the centerfielder misplayed the ball. Kyle Holthaus followed with a single to left that moved Schumacher over to third. Schumacher scored when Riener singled past the third baseman.
Sigler pitched 6 innings allowing just 4 hits with 14 strikeouts and 2 walks. He switched places with Riener for the seventh inning and although Riener struggled, he got out of the inning with just 1 run scoring.
Riener allowed a leadoff walk then got a called strike 3 on a full count. The next hitter popped up to short rightfield but the Prairie second baseman couldn’t make the catch. After another called strike 3, Kamiah’s best hitter was intentionally walked to load the bases.
Riener walked the next hitter to force in a run but then got his third stirkeout of the inning to end the game.
Prairie had 5 hits, a homer and single by Riener and a single each from Holthaus, Schumacher and Nate Kaschmitter.
Kamiah 1 0 0 0 0 0 1—2 4 5
Prairie 0 1 1 0 1 0 x—3 5 2
Pirates win at Lewis County
The Prairie baseball team picked up a league win at Nezperce Thursday, April 5, as they defeated Lewis County 8-1.
Dan Riener and David Sigler combined on a 3 hitter. Riener pitched 5 innings allowing the Eagles only run while striking out 7. Sigler pitched the final 2 innings and recorded 5 of his 6 outs by way of strikeouts.
Riener and Sigler also had a double and single each on offense.
Nate Kaschmitter and Ronnie Chandler each had a 2-run double.
Prairie pounded out 11 hits as Kyle and Eric Daly each had a pair of singles and Ben Schumacher added a single as well.
With the win Prairie improves to 6-3 overall and 3-1 in league play.
Prairie 0 0 2 1 4 1 0—8 11 1
Lewis County 0 0 0 0 1 0 0—1 3 9
Pirates lose at Grangeville
The Prairie baseball team had a tough time at Grangeville Saturday, April 7, as they were shut out by the Bulldogs 0-11.
Prairie mustered just 3 hits against the Bulldogs with Nate Kaschmitter collecting two of those. David Sigler had the other hit.
Eric Daly started on the mound for the Pirates and pitched into the second inning as the Bulldogs scored 9 of their 11 runs in the first two innings. Ronnie Chandler came on in relief in the second inning and pitched the rest of the way.
With the loss Prairie drops to 6-4 on the season.
Prairie 0 0 0 0 0— 0 3 2
Grangeville 4 5 0 2 x—11 9 0
Pirates sweep Troy
The Prairie baseball team swept a league doubleheader from Troy Monday, April 9 at Cottonwood.
David Sigler pitched a complete game 1-hitter in the opener as the Pirates beat the Trojans 6-1. In the second game the Pirates spotted Troy a 1-5 lead then came back to win 12-5 in a game called after 5 innings.
In the opener Troy’s leadoff man walked, stole second and third and scored on a groundout to second. Sigler proceeded to shut them out the rest of the way.
Prairie tied the game in the bottom of the first when Sigler reached on a 1-out single, stole second, advanced to third on a groundout and scored on a wild pitch.
Prairie took the lead in the fourth inning when Sigler led off with a shot off the third baseman’s glove that deflected under the fence for a ground-rule double. He went to third on a wild pitch. With one out Ronnie Chandler walked and he and Sigler pulled off a successful delayed double steal as Sigler came in to score as the throw went to second.
Prairie added a third run in the fifth inning as Conner Rieman led off with a single up the middle, stole second and went to third on a wild pitch. He scored on Sigler’s single to left.
The Pirates added three more runs in the sixth against Troy’s relief pitcher. Chandler greeted him with a single to right but was forced at second by Kyle Daly. Eric Daly followed with a single. Both runners advanced on a passed ball then Kyle scored on a wild pitch. Rieman walked and he and Eric pulled off another delayed double steal as Eric scored while the throw went to second. Ben Schumacher then blooped a single into short left field that 3 fielders surrounded but couldn’t catch as Rieman scored.
The only hit off Sigler was a double to right that Schumacher almost made a great catch on in the sixth inning.
Sigler wound up with 13 strikeouts and allowed only 4 baserunners with 2 walks and an error accounting for the other baserunners.
The Pirates had 7 hits with Sigler collecting a double and 2 singles. Chandler, Eric Daly, Rieman and Schumacher each added a single.
In the second game Prairie scored in the top of the first as Sigler hit a 1-out single, stole second, went to third on a wild pitch, then stole home, beating the throw home as the pitcher tried to pick him off third.
Troy tied the score in the bottom of the inning on a pair of singles off starter Dan Riener.
They took the lead in the bottom of the second when the leadoff hitter, the Troy catcher, walked. A courtesy runner then went to second on a wild pitch and Riener was called for a balk that moved him to third. He scored on a single.
In the third Riener’s control deserted him as he walked the leadoff batter then hit two of the next 3 batters to load the bases. Chandler was called on in relief and gave up a 2-run single to right to the first batter he faced. A wild pitch allowed a third run to score and Chandler walked 2 to reload the bases. He got out of the inning when the Troy leadoff hitter lined out to Rieman at third and Rieman, who had a great day defensively at third, doubled off the runner for the third out.
Down 1-5 entering the fourth, Prairie finally got to the Troy starting pitcher. Sigler led off the inning with a homer to left and Riener followed with a walk. Troy changed pitchers and Chandler greeted the new pitcher with a single up the middle that scored Riener who had stolen second. Kyle Daly followed with a walk. Eric Daly moved up the runners with a groundout and Chandler then scored from third on a wild pitch.
Nate Kaschmitter then grounded to third with the third baseman bobbling the ball for an error as Kyle Daly scored to tie the game.
Rieman grounded to second to force out Kaschmitter at second. After Rieman stole second, Schumacher singled to right center to score Rieman with the go-ahead run.
Chandler got the side out in order in the bottom of the fourth.
In the fifth Troy went back to their starting pitcher and he gave up 4 straight hits to start the inning. Sigler led off with a single and Riener followed with a triple to the fence in left center that scored Sigler. Riener scored on the play when the throw from center got away from the shortstop.
Chandler followed with a double to almost the same spot Riener hit his triple and Kyle Daly singled up the middle. Eric Daly was walked to load the bases and Chandler scored on Kaschmitter’s groundout to second. Rieman walked to reload the bases.
Schumacher then reached on an error with 2 runs scoring and after an out Sigler reached on another infield error with the game’s final run scoring.
In the bottom of the fifth Chandler got the first two hitters out then walked the bases loaded before ending the game with a strikeout.
Prairie wound up with 9 hits in the game with Sigler collecting a homer and 2 singles, making it 6 straight hits on the day before reaching on the error in the sixth inning. Chandler had a double and single, Riener a triple and Kyle Holthaus, Kyle Daly and Schumacher each had a single.
Riener allowed 5 runs on 3 hits with 2 walks and 3 hit batters while striking out 4 in 2 1/3 innings. Chandler pitched 2 2/3 innings allowing no runs on 1 hit with 5 walks and 3 strikeouts and picked up the win.
With the wins Prairie improves to 5-1 in league play and 8-4 overall.
Troy 1 0 0 0 0 0 0—1 1 0
Prairie 1 0 0 1 1 3 x—6 7 1
Prairie 1 0 0 5 6—12 9 0
Troy 1 1 3 0 0— 5 4 3
14-Council, there (2 games), noon MDT (Games cancelled, Council doesn't have a team this year)
17-Culdesac, here, 4:30 p.m.
20-Grangeville, here, 4 p.m.
23-C.V., here, 4:30 p.m.
24-Genesee, there, (2 games), 4 p.m.
26-Timberline, there, 4 p.m.
30-Lewis County, here, 4:30 p.m.
5-District 1st round, Gen. & Kendrick
11-12-District at Kendrick
18-19-State at Caldwell