Lady Pirates sweep Timberline
The Prairie Lady Pirates swept a doubleheader from Timberline 17-1 and 12-0 at Lewiston Tuesday, March 18.Alena Hoene slid under the tag and was safe at second on this play against Timberline.
Pitcher Sam Frei allowed only 2 hits and 1 run over 7 innings in the two games, tossing a no-hit shutout in the second game.
In the opening game Prairie jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning as Tiffany Schaeffer led off with a double, Kara Guyer walked and Hilaree VanderPas and Brooke Holthaus each hit 1-run singles and Alli Holthaus hit a 2-run single.
In the second inning Alena Hoene was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and Tiffany Schaeffer reached on an error with Hoene scoring. Kara Guyer then managed to hit a triple to left into the stiff wind that was blowing toward home plate, that scored Tiffany. Guyer then scored on a passed ball.
VanderPas and Alli Holthaus each walked and VanderPas scored on a double steal. Alli went to third on a wild pitch and scored on Leora Laurino’s groundout to first to make it 9-0 after 2 innings.
In the third Hoene and Tiffany Schaeffer each walked and moved up on a passed ball. Guyer beat out an infield hit with Hoene scoring to make it 10-0.
In the fourth Prairie sent 11 hitters to the plate, scoring 7 runs. Kim Schaeffer singled to left and Laurino followed with a single up the middle that was misplayed by the centerfielder allowing the runners to move to second and third. Rachel Kaschmitter singled to left to score both runners. Hoene reached on an error and Tiffany Schaeffer walked to load the bases. Guyer scored Kaschmitter with a sacrifice fly and VanderPas doubled to deep right center to score the other two runners.
Brooke Holthaus walked and Amber Holthaus was put in to run. Both runners moved up on a passed ball and Alli Holthaus followed with a single to center that scored both runners.
Timberline was able to break through for a run in the bottom of the inning. The leadoff hitter walked and the next batter doubled to left. Another walk loaded the bases and a third walk forced in the run. A comebacker to Frei allowed her to force the runner at home and a grounder to second ended the game on the 15-run mercy rule.
Frei allowed just 2 hits with 5 strikeouts and 4 walks in the game.
Leora Laurino throws the ball to the infield in the Orofino game.Prairie had 11 hits led by Guyer who had a triple and a single and 2 RBI. VanderPas had a double and a single and 3 RBI. Alli Holthaus had 2 singles and 4 RBI. Tiffany Schaeffer had a double and Kim Schaeffer, Brooke Holthaus, Laurino and Kaschmitter each had a single.
In the second game Timberline’s first hitter reached on an error but the next 3 hitters all grounded out to Guyer at third.
Guyer then came up with 1 out in the bottom of the first and hit a liner over the head of the left fielder and raced around the bases for a home run.
VanderPas followed with a shot to deep left center for a double, went to third on a passed ball and scored on Brooke Holthaus’ groundout. 
Alli Holthaus beat out an infield hit and scored on Kim Schaeffer’s single to right. 
Laurino beat out an infield single with Schaeffer scoring when a throwing error was made on the play.
In the second inning Hoene reached on a passed ball on strike three and advanced all the way around the bases on 3 more passed balls.
Tiffany Schaeffer walked and stole second. Guyer followed with a walk and 2 straight wild pitches allowed Tiffany to score. VanderPas singled home Guyer and scored when Brooke Holthaus reached on an error. Amber Holthaus, running for Brooke, wound up scoring on another error. Alli Holthaus singled to left and wound up scoring when Laurino reached on a passed ball third strike to make it 10-0 after 2 innings.
In the bottom of the third Tiffany Schaeffer led off with a single to left and went all the way to third when the left fielder misplayed the ball. Guyer and VanderPas both walked. About this time lightning and thunder started over Lewiston. Brooke Holthaus scored Tiffany with a sacrifice fly and Guyer scored on an error.
After a strikeout Kim Schaeffer walked but the inning ended when Camille Schumacher, who was running for VanderPas, got thrown out trying to go to third on a passed ball.
As the inning ended the rains came followed by hail and it was decided to call the game. It was made an official game by mutual agreement of the coaches.
Frei allowed no hits in the game and 2 walks with 1 strikeout. 
Prairie had 8 hits led by VanderPas who had a double and single and Alli Holthaus who had 2 singles. Guyer had a homer and Tiffany Schaeffer, Kim Schaeffer and Laurino each had a single.
With the wins Prairie improves to 2-0 in league play and 5-0 on the season.
Game 1
Prairie       4 5 1 7—17 11 0
Timberline 0 0 0 1—  1   2 4
Game 2
Timberline 0 0 0—  0 0 5
Prairie       4 6 2—12 8 1

Lady Pirates edge Orofino
The Prairie Lady Pirates took a 6-3 lead into the bottom of the 6th at Orofino, lost the lead, rallied back in the 7th and held on for an 11-10 win Wednesday, March 19.
Prairie took the early lead with a 3-run second inning. Brooke Holthaus led off with a single up the middle and Kim Schaeffer and Leora Laurino each had a single to right.  Amber Holthaus, running for Brooke, scored the game’s first running as she escaped a rundown between third and home on Schaeffer’s single. Schaeffer moved to second on the play and scored on Laurino’s single. Laurino scored when Rachel Kaschmitter reached on a passed ball third strike. 
Prairie added 3 more runs in the fifth. Kaschmitter led off with a double to the wall in center. Alena Hoene walked and Tiffany Schaeffer and Kara Guyer each had run scoring singles. Tiffany scored on Brooke Holthaus’ groundout to third. Brooke Holthaus connects for a single against Orofino.
Prairie pitcher Sam Frei had held Orofino to 3 runs on just 5 hits with only 2 walks through the first 5 innings. In the sixth she ran into trouble walking 3 of the first 4 hitters with a double and a single also that led to 5 runs by the Maniacs. It’s likely she was tiring after pitching 7 innings the night before.
The Prairie offense bounced back in the top of the seventh though as Hilaree VanderPas led off with a single to left and both Brooke and Alli Holthaus walked. 
After an out, Leora Laurino singled to right to score VanderPas. Kaschmitter then collected her second double as Orofino’s centerfielder wasn’t able to hang on to her deep drive. That scored 2 runs to give Prairie back the lead at 9-8.
After another out, Tiffany Schaeffer doubled down the left field line to bring home both Laurino and Kaschmitter to make it 11-9. Those wound up being two big runs.
In the bottom of the seventh Frei walked the leadoff hitter then got a groundout with the runner going to second. Another walk and a passed ball put runners on second and third.
After a flyout to center with the runners holding, Orofino got a 2-run double.
Frei was then able to get a strikeout to end the game.
The win is Prairie’s 29th in a row as they close in on the all-time longest winning streak for a Prairie girl’s team, the 32 straight wins recorded by the girls basketball team from the third place game at state in the 1975-76 season until the game at Highland in the 6th game of the 1977-78 season. They went 26-0 in 1976-77.
We believe this is also the first time ever a Prairie softball team has beaten Orofino, a perennial softball powerhouse, twice in the same season.
Frei gave up 10 runs on 8 hits with 4 strikeouts, 7 walks, and 2 hit batters.
Prairie pounded out 11 hits led by Tiffany Schaeffer who had 2 doubles and a single with 3 RBI. 
Kaschmitter had 2 doubles and 2 RBI while Laurino had 2 singles and 2 RBI. Guyer, VanderPas, Brooke Holthaus and Kim Schaeffer each had a single.
With the win Prairie improves to 7-0 as they go into Spring Break. Their next games will be against Potlatch at Lewiston’s Airport Park on April 1.
Prairie   0 3 0 0 3 0 5—11 11 1
Orofino 0 0 0 2 1 5 2—10   8 2

Prairie Girls Softball 2008 schedule
All games start at 4 p.m. unless indicated
7-At Orofino Tournament-vs. St. Maries, won 11-7; vs. Orofino, won 7-6
8-At Orofino Tournament, due to weather delays, didn't play
11-at Culdesac, won 15-1
13-at Lapwai, rained out. rescheduled to April 22 as part of doubleheader
17-at Kamiah, won 24-0
18-vs. Timberline at Sunset Park in Lewiston (2 games), won 17-1, 12-0
19-at Orofino, 4:30 p.m., won 11-10
1-vs. Potlatch at Lewiston, 2 games, 4 p.m. (change from vs. C.V. as C.V. doesn't have a team this year)
3-Lewis County here (date changed to April 3)
8-at Kendrick, 2 games, 3:30 p.m.
14-Grangeville here
15-Culdesac here
17-Kamiah here
19-Troy here, 2 games, 11 a.m.
21-at Grangeville
22-Lapwai here (2)
24-vs. Genesee at Airport Park, Lewiston, 2 games
28-at Lewis County
3, 5, 7-District at Prairie
16-17-State at Caldwell
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