swept at Genesee
The Prairie baseball team had a tough road trip to Genesee Tuesday, April 24 as they managed just 5 hits and 1 run in losing both ends of a double header 1-20 and 0-13.
Dan Riener started on the mound in the first game and was throwing well but was wild as he walked 9 batters and hit another in 3 innings of work. He allowed only 2 hits but they came back to back in 5-run third inning for the Bulldogs.
Eric Daly went in to pitch in the fourth and Genesee hit him pretty well but Pirate errors made it even worse as Prairie committed 9 of their 12 errors in that inning and saw Genesee pile up 13 runs.
On offense Prairie got just 2 hits of Genesee ace Tyler Souders but those came in the same inning. Kyle Daly had a 1-out double and 2 batters later Ronnie Chandler hit a 2-out double that score Kyle for Prairie’s only run of the day.
In the second game Chandler pitched all 5 innings allowing 13 hits and 13 runs with 5 strikeouts, 3 walks and 4 hit batsmen.
4 more errors were committed by the Pirates with 5 of the runs being unearned.
Prairie had 3 hits in the game, 2 of them by Kyle Holthaus with Nate Kaschmitter collecting the other hit. All were singles. Genesee’s Beau Dahman, who probably throws harder than Souders, struck out 12 Pirate hitters while walking 3.
The Pirates drop to 6-4 in league play and 9-7 overall with the losses.
Prairie 0 0 0 1 0— 1 2 12
Genesee 1 1 5 13 x—20 7 0
Genesee 3 4 0 3 3—13 13 0
Prairie 0 0 0 0 0— 0 3 4
Pirates come back to win at Timberline
The Prairie baseball rallied for 5 runs in the top of the 7th inning to beat Timberline 9-6 at the Spartans home field at Fraser Thursday, April 26.
Prairie took the early lead in the game as Kyle Daly reached on an error in the first inning. 2 subsequent errors and a steal of third led to his scoring the game’s first run.
In the top of the third the first two Prairie batters were put out but Kyle Daly reached on a 2-out walk. Dan Riener followed with a monster home run that gave Prairie a 3-0 lead.
Timberline got to Prairie starting pitcher Nate Kaschmitter for a run in the bottom of the third as 3 singles led to a run.
Timberline closed within 3-2 in the bottom of the fifth with another run as an interference call put a runner on and a double followed to drive in the run.
In the sixth Riener hit a 1-out single and proceeded to steal his way around the bases to give Prairie a 4-2 lead.
In the bottom of the sixth Kaschmitter hit the leadoff batter and was lifted in favor of Riener. Riener quickly got 2 outs on a popup and a strikeout then ran into trouble. A walk, 2 singles and an error led to 4 runs scoring as Timberline took the lead, 4-6.
Prairie responded in the top of the seventh as Kaschmitter led off with a walk. He was forced at second by Conner Rieman. Ben Schumacher reached on an error and Joe Schumacher, pinchhitting for Ben Forsmann, hit a 2-run single. After a second out was made, Kyle Daly had an RBI double to put the Pirates ahead 7-6. Riener was walked and Ronnie Chandler capped off the inning with a 2-run double.
In the bottom of the seventh Riener struck out the first two hitters then gave up a single but then the game ended on a fly ball out to right field.
Prairie had 8 hits in the game with Riener collecting a homer and a single. Chandler had a single and a double, Rieman had 2 singles, Kyle Daly had a double and Joe Schumacher had a single. Riener, Chandler and Joe Schumacher each had 2 RBI.
Kaschmitter pitched 5 innings allowing 3 runs on 5 hits with 2 walks, a hit batsman and 5 strikeouts. Riener pitched 2 innings allowing 3 runs on 3 hits with 2 walks and 3 strikeouts and picked up the win in relief.
Prairie 1 0 2 0 0 1 5—9 8 3
Timberline 0 0 1 0 1 4 0—6 8 4
Pirates win home finale
On senior night the Prairie Pirates spotted Lewis County a 3-run lead then came back to win 12-7 in the final home game of the season Monday, April 30.
Kyle Holthaus had a rocky start on the mound as he walked the leadoff hitter on 4 pitches then gave up 2 singles and a run. He got a pair of strikeouts and appeared about to get out of the inning without further damage when he gave up a 2-run double on an 0-2 pitch.
After that tough start, he settled down and allowed just 4 hits and no runs over the next 5 innings.
The Pirates offense meanwhile came back to tie the score in the bottom of the second with some help from the Eagles’ defense.
Nate Kaschmitter singled to right and moved to second on a balk. Conner Rieman then reached on a passed ball on strike three with Kaschmitter going to third. Another passed ball allowed Kaschmitter to score from third with Rieman advancing to third. Ben Schumacher walked and attempted to steal. The catcher’s throw wound up in centerfield with Rieman scoring. Schumacher then scored when Holthaus reached on an error.
Prairie took the lead in the third inning when Kyle Daly led off with a walk, stole second, went to third on a groundout and scored on his brother Eric’s single to left.
In the fourth Holthaus hit a 2-out single to left and Kyle Daly followed with a long drive over the left fielder’s head for a run-scoring double to make it 5-3.
The Pirates had a big inning in the fifth when they plated 5 runs to break the game open.
Ronnie Chandler led off with a drive to the fence in left center for a double. Eric Daly followed with an infield single and stole second. Chandler wound up scoring on a wild pitch which moved Daly over to third. Kaschmitter doubled past the left fielder to score Eric Daly. A wild pitch sent Kaschmitter to third and an errant pickoff throw allowed him to score. Conner Rieman then just missed a homer as he hit a long fly to right center for a double. He went to third on a wild pitch and scored on Ben Forsmann’s RBI single to right. Forsmann later scored on Dan Riener’s single to right to make it 10-3.
Prairie added a couple more runs in the sixth. Kaschmitter got his fourth hit of the day with a single to right then went to third on an error. He scored on Rieman’s single up the middle. Rieman stole second and eventually scored on Holthaus’ single up the middle.
In the top of the seventh the Eagles got to Holthaus for 5 hits and 4 runs as he tried to close out the complete game victory. A solo homer with one out started the scoring then a walk and a single followed. After the second out was made the Eagles put together 3 straight singles. Prairie got the final out on a baserunning mistake as the Eagles wound up with 2 runners on second. One headed for third while Riener, who had taken the throw home from left fielder Eric Daly, ran right at the runner heading back toward first and tagged him for the final out.
Prairie wound up with 15 hits in the game led by Kaschmitter who had a double and 3 singles. Rieman had a double and a single, Holthaus and Eric Daly had 2 singles each, Kyle Daly and Chandler a double each and Riener, Ben Schumacher and Ben Forsmann each had a single. It’s appropriate on senior night that all four seniors, Kaschmitter, Riener, Schumacher and Forsmann, each had at least one hit.
Holthaus pitched all 7 innings allowing 7 runs on 13 hits with 2 walks and 8 strikeouts.
With one regular season game left to play Prairie has an 11-7 record overall, 8-4 in league play.
Lewis County 3 0 0 0 0 0 4— 7 13 7
Prairie 0 3 1 1 5 2 x—12 15 3
District baseball starts Saturday
The District II 1-A Baseball tournament gets underway this Saturday with games at Genesee and Juliaetta (Kendrick’s home field).
Prairie will be the #3 seed regardless of how the game went at Kendrick Tuesday. They will play the #6 seed, likely to be Troy, at 10 a.m. at Juliaetta with Kendrick to play C.V. at noon. The two losers will play at approximately 3 p.m. while the two winners will play at approximately 4 p.m.
The #1 seeded Genesee will receive a first round bye as there are only 7 teams still playing baseball. #4 seeded Timberline will play the #5 seed, likely Lewis County, at 1 p.m. at Genesee. The winner will face Genesee at 3 p.m. while the loser gets a bye into a loser out game on May 11.
The tournament continues at Juliaetta with a pair of loser-out games on Friday, May 11. Friday’s winners will play for third place and a trip to state at noon on Saturday, May 12. The championship game, with both teams advancing to state, will follow at about 2 p.m.
The Cottonwood Wrestling Team held a banquet on April 25th. Tony Duman had the most near falls and he tied with Jake for most pins. Jake Wimer had the most reversals. Tyrell Langston had the most take downs and most escapes. The teams overall medal count was 13. Shown in the top photo are Tony Duman with a plaque with his medals over his 4 years of wrestling and his most outstanding wrestler plaque and Jake Wimer with his Most Improved plaque. In the lower photo is the entire team. In front are Chance Ratcliff and Tyrell Langston. Back from left are coach Steve Lamont, Brandon Poxleitner, Tony Duman, Jake Wimer, Ronnie Chandler and coach Dan Altman.
11-12-District continues at Kendrick
18-19-State at Lewiston?