Pirates pound Culdesac 16-3
The Prairie softball team pounded out 16 hits, 5 for extra bases, as they beat Culdesac 16-3 at Lewiston Tuesday, April 17.
The game was moved to Lewiston due to wet field conditions at Culdesac.
Prairie took the early lead in the first inning with a 2-out rally. After 2 outs, Meghan and Hilaree VanderPas each drew a walk. They moved to second and third on a passed ball and both scored on Brooke Holthaus’ single to left. Alena Hoene went in to run for Holthaus and she scored on Alli Holthaus’ single to left to make it 3-0.
In the second inning Kim Schaeffer led off with a double to left but 3 straight pop-ups left her stranded on the bases.
In the third Prairie added 4 more runs. Meghan VanderPas tripled to the left field corner. Hilaree VanderPas walked and stole second. Meghan scored on Alli Holthaus bloop single to left and took second when the third baseman let the ball get away on an attempted play on Hilaree. Both runners scored on Carolyn Sonnen’s single up the middle. Sonnen took second on the throw to the plate.
After Sonnen’s single Culdesac changed pitchers.
Sonnen moved to third on Kim Schaeffer’s groundout and scored on Rachel Kaschmitter’s single.
Culdesac got on the board in the bottom of the third on a single, error and a double as they scored 2 runs.
Prairie got those runs right back in the top of the fourth as VanderPas hit a single to left, stole second and scored on Hilaree VanderPas’ double to the base of the wall in left.
Brooke Holthaus beat out an infield single with Hilaree moving to third. Hilaree then scored on an error on a pickoff attempt.
Culdesac added another run in the fourth on a pair of singles to cut the lead to 9-3.
In the top of the fifth Prairie pounded out 6 hits as they scored 6 runs.
Kaschmitter led off with an infield single. After an out Kara Guyer singles to left. Both runners scored when Meghan VanderPas just missed hitting a homer as her deep drive to straightaway center hit about a foot from the top of the fence. She was given the chance to hit what turned into a double when Culdesac’s third baseman dropped her foul pop-up.
Hilaree VanderPas reached when the second baseman dropped her popup and the VanderPas sisters both scored when Brooke Holthaus hit a triple to the wall in left for her third hit of the day and third and fourth RBI.
Alli Holthaus followed with her third hit and third RBI with another single to left. Kim Schaeffer walked and Kaschmitter picked up her third single of the game to score both runners for her second and third RBI.
Meghan VanderPas got the Wolves out in order in the bottom of the fifth to end the game on the 10-run mercy rule.
Meghan gave up 5 hits and 3 runs with no walks and 9 strikeouts.
Four players had 3 hits each as Meghan VanderPas had a single, double and triple, Brooke Holthaus had a triple and 2 singles and Alli Holthaus and Kaschmitter each had 3 singles. Kim Schaeffer and Hilaree VanderPas each had a double and Guyer and Sonnen each had a single.
Prairie 3 0 4 2 6—16 16 1
Culdesac 0 0 2 1 0— 3 5 4
Lady Pirates beat Kendrick 13-1
Meghan VanderPas allowed just 3 baserunners and 1 run as the Prairie softball team routed Kendrick 13-1 Thursday, April 19 at Cottonwood.
All 3 of Kendrick’s baserunners came in the same inning as they went down in order in all but the third. A 1-out single, walk and a double led to their only run. VanderPas struck out 8 and Tiffany Schaeffer came on in the fifth inning to get the final 2 outs and added a strikeout of her own.
On offense Prairie put their first five batters of the game on base and all scored as Prairie took a 5-0 lead.
Tiffany Schaeffer walked and stole second and scored on Kara Guyer’s single to right. Meghan VanderPas beat out an infield single and Hilaree VanderPas was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Brooke Holthaus then walked to force in Guyer. Meghan scored from third on a passed ball and Hilaree scored on Kylie Uhlorn’s sacrifice fly to center. Tabitha Seubert was put in to run for catcher Brooke Holthaus and she scored when she stole third and the throw from the catcher went into left field.
Prairie added another run in the second. Tiffany Schaeffer, for the second straight inning, led off with a walk. She moved to second on Guyer’s bloop single behind the second baseman. Both runners stole then Meghan VanderPas walked to load the bases.
Schaeffer scored on Hilaree VanderPas’ grounder to short with Guyer forced out at third on the play.
Prairie added 4 more runs in the third inning. Uhlorn reached when the second baseman dropped her pop-up. She stole second and like Seubert in the first inning, scored on a steal of third when the catcher’s throw got past the third baseman.
Rachel Kaschmitter walked and went to second on a wild pitch. She scored on Guyer’s single to left. Guyer stole second and scored on Meghan VanderPas’ single up the middle. Meghan stole second, then stole third and scored on Hilaree VanderPas’ single up the middle.
In the fourth inning Brooke Holthaus reached on an error and Alena Hoene went in to run. Alli Holthaus walked and Uhlorn singled to right to score Hoene. A passed ball moved Alli Holthaus to third and Uhlorn to second. An errant pickoff throw allowed Alli Holthaus to score.
Uhlorn scored when Justina Mader reached on an error as the third baseman’s throw pulled the first baseman off the bag.
That gave Prairie a 12-run lead going into the fifth and when the Tigers went down in order the game ended on the 10-run mercy rule.
Prairie had 7 hits led by Guyer who had 3 singles and 2 RBI. Meghan VanderPas had 2 singles and an RBI and Uhlorn and Hilaree VanderPas each had a single and 2 RBI.
With the win Prairie improves to 8-0 in league and 15-2 overall.
Kendrick 0 0 1 0 0— 1 2 6
Prairie 5 1 4 3 x—13 7 1
Lady Pirates sweep Troy
The Prairie softball team remains as the only league unbeaten after sweeping Troy 6-2 and 14-0 at Troy Saturday, April 21.
Meghan VanderPas limited the Trojans to just 2 hits and 2 unearned runs on the day while hitting 3 home runs in the second game.
Three errors in the first inning allowed Troy to score first in the opening game and they held that 0-1 lead until the bottom of the third.
Prairie tied the score in the third when Kim Schaeffer walked to lead off the inning. She scored on Tiffany Schaeffer’s single.
Troy took the lead back with another unearned run in the top of the fourth as Prairie committed 2 more errors.
Prairie took the lead with a 5-run fourth inning, all after there were 2 outs.
With two outs Kylie Uhlorn singled and Kim Schaeffer walked. Rachel Kaschmitter then tied it with a 2-run single. Kaschmitter scored on Tiffany Schaeffer’s single for the go-ahead run and Kara Guyer followed with a 2-run homer to make it 6-1.
Prairie had 8 hits in the game with Tiffany Schaeffer collecting 2 singles, Guyer a homer and Hilaree VanderPas, Brooke Holthaus, Alli Holthaus, Uhlorn and Kaschmitter a single each.
Meghan VanderPas had 9 strikeouts in the game and no walks while allowing only a 7th inning triple for the only hit.
In the second game Prairie seemed to have adjusted to Troy’s pitcher as they pounded out 11 hits and scored 14 runs.
Meghan VanderPas hit her first homer of the day in the top of the first to give Prairie a 2-0 lead as Guyer had walked ahead of her.
Prairie made it 3-0 in the second when Kaschmitter hit a 2-out single, and worked her way around the bases on wild pitches.
Meghan hit a 1-out homer in the third to make it 4-0 and Brooke Holthaus and Alli Holthaus each singled to account for another run.
In the fourth Kim Schaeffer led off with a single advanced to second and third on a steal and wild pitch and scored on Kaschmitter’s ground out to short.
Prairie had an 8-run fifth inning to end give them enough of a lead to end to game after the inning on the 10-run mercy rule.
Hilaree VanderPas singled with 1 out and Brooke Holthaus followed with a single and Alli Holthaus walked to load the bases. Carolyn Sonnen then walked to force in a run. Kim Schaeffer singled home another run and Kaschmitter singled home two more runs.
Guyer walked and Meghan hit her third homer of the game to score the final 3 runs.
Meghan VanderPas allowed just a first inning single with 5 strikeouts and 3 walks.
Troy’s only real scoring threat came in the fifth inning as they had 3 baserunners but Uhlorn threw out a runner at the plate from centerfield to preserve the shutout.
Meghan VanderPas had the 3 homers to lead the hitting attack with Kim Schaeffer, Kaschmitter and Brooke Holthaus each collecting 2 singles. Alli Holthaus and Hilaree VanderPas each had a single.
Prairie and Troy also played a JV game and Prairie broke open that game with an 8-run 7th inning that turned a tie game into a 15-9 win.
Each team scored 4 runs in the first inning with Brooke Holthaus’ 3-run homer highlighting the inning for the Pirates. Alli Holthaus, Alena Hoene and Hilaree VanderPas each had a single in the inning.
Prairie scored 2 in the second to take the lead as Brooke Holthaus had the only hit, a single, while Guyer and Leora Laurino scored the runs. Guyer having reached on a forceout and Laurino having walked.
Troy scored 1 in the bottom of the second and tied it in the third with another run. They took the lead with a run in the fifth but Prairie came back to tie it with a run in the sixth.
Samantha Spencer led off with a single and singles by Kim Schaeffer and Hilaree VanderPas loaded the bases.
Tiffany Schaeffer then struck out on a pitch in the dirt that got past the catcher and she beat it out while Spencer scored.
In the top of the seventh Prairie put together 4 singles, 5 walks and 3 hit batters for the 8 runs to take a 15-7 lead.
Justina Mader started the inning with a single and Carly Behler was hit by a pitch. Camille Schumacher walked to load the bases and Spencer walked to force in a run. Kim Schaeffer single home another run and Laurino walked to force home a run. Hilaree VanderPas singled home a run as did Tiffany Schaeffer. Hoene and Mader were both hit by pitches with Mader’s forcing home another run. Wild pitches allowed 2 more runs to score and Behler and Schumacher were walked to reload the bases before the final out was made.
In the bottom of the inning Troy responded with 2 runs on 3 straight singles before getting out of the inning.
Hilaree VanderPas pitched the JV game and gave up 7 hits with 6 strikeouts and 8 walks. She had 6 of those walks in the first inning before settling down and throwing strikes.
Troy 1 0 0 1 0 0 0—2 1 3
Prairie 0 0 3 3 0 0 x—6 8 6
Prairie 2 1 2 1 8—14 11 0
Troy 0 0 0 0 0— 0 1 3
Prairie 4 2 0 0 0 1 8—15 14 1
Troy 4 1 1 0 1 0 2— 9 7 0
Lady Pirates clobber Lapwai
The Prairie softball team had 3 home runs and 7 total extra-base hits as they pounded Lapwai 16-1 in a game stopped in the 4th inning on the 15-run mercy rule Monday, April 23 at Cottonwood.
Prairie had 3 triples and a double in the first inning as they put 7 runs on the board.
Tiffany Schaeffer and Kara Guyer both walked and Meghan VanderPas hit a triple to score both of them. Hilaree VanderPas followed with a triple to score Meghan. Hilaree scored on Alli Holthaus’ single and Alli scored on Kylie Uhlorn’s double. Uhlorn came home on Kim Schaeffer’s triple and Schaeffer scored on Rachel Kaschmitter’s single for a 7-0 Pirate lead.
Prairie added 3 more runs in the second inning as Meghan VanderPas led off with a homerun. With one out Brooke Holthaus singled and she scored when Uhlorn reached on an error. Uhlorn then scored when Kim Schaeffer doubled to left.
Prairie put up 4 runs in the third inning as the first four hitters of the inning all had hits. Tiffany Schaeffer led off with a single and scored on Guyer’s 2-run homer. Leora Laurino singled and scored on Carolyn Sonnen’s single. Brooke Holthaus reached on an error and then 2 outs were made. Camille Schumacher then singled home Sonnen to make it 14-0.
Lapwai got on the scoreboard in the top of the fourth with a leadoff single and a 1-out double plating a run.
In the bottom of the fourth Prairie needed 2 runs to end the game and got them on a leadoff homer by Tiffany Schaeffer and 2 walks and then a run-scoring single by Sonnen.
Tiffany Schaeffer pitched and allowed just 3 hits in the game with one walk and 2 strikeouts.
Prairie pounded out 16 hits by 12 different players. Meghan VanderPas had a triple and a homer, Kim Schaeffer had a triple and double, Tiffany Schaeffer had a homer and a single and Sonnen 2 singles. Guyer had a homer, Hilaree VanderPas a triple, Uhlorn a double and Laurino, Schumacher, Brooke Holthaus, Alli Holthaus and Kaschmitter each had a single.
The win improves the Pirates’ record to 11-0 in league play and 18-2 overall.
Lapwai 0 0 0 1— 1 2 4
Prairie 7 3 4 2—16 16 0
PHS Softball Schedule
3-Kendrick there, 4 p.m. (reschedule of cancelled March 12 game)
5, 8, 10-District at Prairie
18-19-State at Lewiston
Games in italics are additions to the schedule.