erase 9 run deficit, then lose
In a wild, sloppy game, played Thursday, April 12 at Cottonwood, Kendrick outlasted the Prairie baseball team 14-16.
Both starting pitchers had trouble with control and the defenses behind them didn’t provide a lot of help either.
Kendrick sent 9 men to the plate in the first inning, scoring 3 runs on 2 hits, 3 walks and 3 errors. Prairie’s Ronnie Chandler got out of the inning with a strikeout, leaving the bases loaded.
Prairie came right back against Kendrick’s Addison Mortensen to score 3 runs on 1 hit with 2 walks, a hit batsman and an error.
Eric Daly reached on a walk, Dan Riener followed by reaching on an error. Chandler was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Riener got picked off second but Nate Kaschmitter was then walked to reload the bases. Ben Schumacher got Prairie’s only hit of the inning on a single to left to score 2 runs. Kaschmitter wound up scoring on a botched pickoff play at third to tie the game.
Kendrick batted around again in the second inning, adding 4 more runs on 3 hits, a walk and 2 errors.
Prairie closed within 4-7 in the bottom of the second as Joe Schumacher hit a 1-out double to deep left field. He went to third when Kyle Holthaus reached first on a passed ball on strike 3. Schumacher then scored on a bad pickoff throw to first.
Kendrick sent 10 runners to the plate in the third inning, scoring 6 runs for a 4-13 lead. This time it was good hitting on their part as they pounded out 7 hits in the inning including a 2-run homer and a 2-run double.
Prairie came right back with their own big inning as they sent 11 batters to the plate in the bottom of the third.
Kaschmitter and Ben Schumacher each walked then Ben Forsmann reached on a throwing error by the shortstop with Kaschmitter scoring.
Schumacher tried to score from third on a passed ball but was put out.
Joe Schumacher walked and Holthaus reached for the second straight time on a passed ball on strike 3 to load the bases. Eric Daly then singled to left to bring in a run.
Riener then stepped to the plate and hit the first pitch he saw over the short right field fence for a grand slam homer the cut the Kendrick lead to 10-13.
Both teams changed pitchers for the fourth inning with Kaschmitter taking over for Prairie. He got a fly ball out and 2 strikeouts to set down the Tigers in order.
The Pirates also went down in order in the bottom of the inning.
In the fifth Kaschmitter gave up a single and a walk but got out of the inning with 3 ground ball outs and no runs scored.
In the bottom of the fifth Prairie got to Kendrick reliever Ben Warner for 3 runs to tie the game.
Holthaus led off the inning with a double to the fence in left center. Daly walked and both runners moved up on a wild pitch. Riener was intentionally walked to load the bases.
After an out, Kaschmitter drew a walk to force in a run.
After another out, Forsmann singled between third and short to score two more runs and tie the game.
The lead was short lived though as Kendrick got to Kaschmitter for 3 runs in the sixth. After 2 walks a fly ball was dropped for an error, loading the bases. After a strikeout, Kendrick got a 3-run double to take a 13-16 lead. The inning ended as Riener threw out the hitter trying to go to third on the throw home.
Prairie went down in order in the bottom of the sixth and Kaschmitter got through the seventh without any more runs scoring.
Riener led off the bottom of the seventh with his second homer of the game but that was it for the Pirates.
Prairie had 8 hits in the game with Riener having 2 homers, Holthaus and Joe Schumacher a double each and Daly, Kaschmitter, Ben Schumacher and Forsmann each had a single.
With the loss Prairie drops to 5-2 in league play and 8-5 overall.
Kendrick 3 4 6 0 0 3 0—16 17 8
Prairie 3 1 6 0 3 0 1—14 8 9
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