Pirates win big at Lewis County
For the second time this season the Meghan VanderPas and Tiffany Schaeffer combined to pitch a no-hitter against Lewis County as the Pirates won 20-0 at Nezperce Tuesday, May 1.
The game was shortened to 3 innings due to the 15-run mercy rule.
Lewis County’s only baserunner was the first hitter of the game and she was called out at first but the umpire changed his call when he saw that the throw from third had pulled Kim Schaeffer off the bag at first for an error.
The runner went to second on an illegal pitch but that was it offensively for the Eagles as VanderPas retired the next six hitters she faced, 5 of them by strikeout. Schaeffer came in to pitch the third inning and got 3 straight groundball outs.
On offense the Pirates scored their first 5 runs without benefit of a hit as 5 walks and a hit batter in the first inning led to 3 runs and the first 4 batters of the second inning all walked with the fifth one being hit by a pitch.
Hilaree VanderPas then collected Prairie’s first hit of the game on a 2-run single to left.
3 more walks followed before Rachel Kaschmitter picked up the second hit of the game on a blooper that landed behind the second baseman to score a run.
Another walk forced in another run. Kara Guyer hit a sacrifice fly to right to score a run and Meghan VanderPas walked to reload the bases.
Hilaree VanderPas then hit a long fly to left that got all the way to the fence for a 3-run triple.
After a hit batsman and a walk reloaded the bases, the Eagles changed pitchers and Carolyn Sonnen greeted the new pitcher with the second 3-run triple of the inning as her hit went to deep right field.
Kim Schaeffer followed with a single to score Sonnen with the 16th and final run of the inning.
In the third inning Prairie sent all pinch-hitters to the plate as they gave their reserves a chance to hit. 4 of them walked to force in another run before the inning ended.
Prairie wound up with 6 hits in the game, a triple and single by Hilaree VanderPas, 2 singles by Kaschmitter, a triple by Sonnen and a single by Kim Schaeffer.
Prairie received 19 walks and 3 batters were hit. Tiffany Schaeffer walked all 4 times she batted and Meghan VanderPas, Brooke Holthaus and Alli Holthaus each received a free pass of one sort each time they batted. Meghan was hit twice and walked, Brooke was hit once and walked twice and Alli walked all three times.
With the win Prairie clinched sole possession of first place in the league although they had already clinched the league title as they had beaten second place Troy both times they played.
Prairie 3 16 1—20 6 1
Lewis County 0 0 0— 0 0 0
Girls complete unbeaten league season
The Prairie softball team completed league play with a perfect 14-0 record after beating Kendrick 24-0 in 3 innings at Kendrick Thursday, May 3.
Prairie scored 10 runs in the first inning and 11 in the second. They added 3 more in the third.
Meanwhile Meghan VanderPas and Tiffany Schaeffer combined for their second straight no-hitter with Meghan pitching the first 2 innings and Tiffany closing out the game. VanderPas walked one, hit one and struck out 4 while Tiffany got 3 groundouts in her inning of work with the only baserunner reaching on an error.
Prairie meanwhile pounded out 15 hits and took advantage of 15 walks to score all their runs.
In the first inning Hilaree VanderPas had a pair of 2-run doubles to knock in 4 of the 10 runs while Tiffany Schaeffer, Kylie Uhlorn, Rachel Kaschmitter and Kara Guyer each had a single. 5 walks also contributed to the scoring
In the second inning walks Uhlorn and Kim Schaeffer and a single by Kaschmitter loaded the bases. A walk to Tiffany Schaeffer forced in a run and Guyer followed with a 2-run single. Meghan VanderPas then hit a 3-run homer. Hilaree VanderPas followed with her third double of the game. She scored on Brooke Holthaus’ groundout. Alli Holthaus was walked and Kim Schaeffer singled her home. Kaschmitter walked and Tiffany Schaeffer followed with a 2-run double. Schaeffer then scored on a wild pitch to cap the scoring for the inning giving Prairie a 21-0 lead.
In the third inning a single by Carolyn Sonnen and 2 errors led to the 3 runs.
9 of the 15 hits came from the top 4 hitters in the order as leadoff hitter Tiffany Schaeffer had a double and a single and 5 RBI, Kara Guyer had 3 singles and scored 3 runs; Meghan VanderPas hit a 3-run homer and Hilaree VanderPas had 3 doubles and 5 RBI.
Also collecting hits were Rachel Kaschmitter with 2 singles and Kylie Uhlorn, Carolyn Sonnen and Kim Schaeffer with a single each.
Prairie ends the regular season with a 21-2 record and 16 straight wins.
Prairie 10 11 3—24 14 1
Kendrick 0 0 0— 0 0 4
Lady Pirates advance to championship game
The Prairie softball team had a pair of easy wins in the first two rounds of the District Tournament and advanced to the championship game that was set for Tuesday afternoon.
Prairie beat Lewis County 23-0 in a game called after 3 innings then beat Genesee 16-1 in another game called after 3 innings, both on the 15-run mercy rule.
They will face a familiar foe in the championship game as Culdesac edged Troy 15-14 to also advance.
In the opening game against Lewis County, Meghan VanderPas and Tiffany Schaeffer combined on their third no-hitter against the Eagles in as many tries. As in the first two games VanderPas pitched the first two innings and Schaeffer pitched the third.
Prairie didn’t score in the first inning as Kara Guyer was the only baserunner after reaching on an error.
In the second they adjusted to Lewis County’s pitcher and scored a whopping 23 runs, their biggest single inning output of the year.
Prairie went through their order 3 full times inning. Brooke Holthaus started off the inning with a single. Alli Holthaus, Kylie Uhlorn, Kim Schaeffer and Rachel Kaschmitter all followed with singles of their own with Uhlorn and Kaschmitter each picking up an RBI and Schaeffer picking up 2 RBI. Tiffany Schaeffer was hit by a pitch and Kara Guyer and Meghan VanderPas each walked. Hilaree VanderPas made the first out of the inning but it was on a sacrifice fly that scored Tiffany. Brooke Holthaus followed with her second hit of the inning, an RBI single. Alli Holthaus and Kylie Uhlorn each walked as did Kim Schaeffer. After the second out on an infield fly, Tiffany Schaeffer was hit by a pitch again and Guyer walked to force in another run. Meghan VanderPas was hit by a pitch to force in a run and then Hilaree VanderPas hit a bases clearing triple to score 3 more runs. Brooke Holthaus had another RBI single and Alli Holthaus singled and Uhlorn walked to reload the bases. Tabitha Seubert was hit by a pitch to force in another run and Camille Schumacher singled in another run. Justina Mader walked for an RBI and Guyer followed with a 3-run double. After Meghan and Hilaree both walked to reload the bases, Carly Behler, pinch-hitting for Brooke Holthaus, picked up the fourth hit of the inning from that spot in the order with an RBI single to score Guyer with the inning’s final run.
Prairie had 12 hits as Brooke Holthaus wound up with 3 singles while Alli Holthaus had 2 singles each. Hilaree VanderPas had a triple while Kara Guyer had a double. Kim Schaeffer, Kylie Uhlorn, Kaschmitter, Behler and Schumacher each added a single.
In her 2 innings of work Meghan VanderPas allowed just 1 baserunner on a walk and struck out 4. Tiffany Schaeffer walked 2 batters and struck out 1 in her inning in the circle.
In the Genesee game, the Bulldogs got to VanderPas for a run on 2 singles in the first inning but that was it for them as Meghan retired the final 7 hitters, 6 of the via strikeout as she had 7 strikeouts in the game.
Prairie responded with 9 runs in the bottom of the first as the first 8 hitters all reached base. After Tiffany Schaeffer led off and reached by getting hit by a pitch, Guyer put Prairie ahead with a 2-run homer. Meghan and Hilaree VanderPas each singled and Brooke Holthaus walked to load the bases. Alli Holthaus walked to force in a run and Uhlorn and Kim Schaeffer were both hit by pitches to force in 2 more runs. After 2 outs were made, Guyer walked to force in another run and Meghan VanderPas then hit a bases loaded triple that capped off the scoring in the inning.
In the second inning Prairie added 3 more runs. Alli Holthaus led off with a walk and later scored on a wild pitch. Uhlorn reached on an error. Kaschmitter grounded out with Holthaus scoring. Tiffany Schaeffer was walk and scored on Guyer’s single.
In the third inning Prairie needed 4 runs to end the game and got them. Meghan VanderPas walked to lead off the inning. Brooke Holthaus was hit by a pitch and both runners scored on Alli Holthaus’ single. Uhlorn singled and Kim Schaeffer was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Kaschmitter walked to force in a run and Tiffany Schaeffer was walked to force home the game-ending run.
Prairie had 7 hits in the game with Guyer having a single and a homer and 3 RBI and VanderPas having a single and a triple and 3 RBI. Uhlorn, Hilaree VanderPas and Alli Holthaus each added a single.
Prairie takes a 23-2 record into the district championship game.
Vs. Lewis County
L.C. 0 0 0— 0 0 3
Prairie 0 23 x—23 12 0
Genesee 1 0 0— 1 2 3
Prairie 9 3 4—16 7 0
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