Lady Pirates hold off Potlatch 13-11
The Lady Pirates softball team showed some rust on defense from the long Spring Break layoff as they committed 6 errors but still managed to hold on for a 13-11 win over Potlatch Tuesday, April 1 at Lewiston.
Potlatch benefited from 3 errors in the first two innings as they took a 1-4 lead into the bottom of the second inning. 
In the bottom of the second Prairie took advantage of 7 walks and a hit batter which combined with a double each from Rachel Kaschmitter and Leora Laurino led to 8 runs. Laurino’s double came with the bases loaded and 2 outs and cleared the bases. She later scored the 8th run of the inning on a passed ball.
Potlatch added 4 runs in the fourth to trim the lead to 8-9 on a walk, hit batter, single and 3-run double. Another error led to the fourth run scoring.
Prairie answered back with 4 runs of their own in the bottom of the fifth 
Haleigh Schmidt was hit by a pitch, Tiffany Schaeffer singled and Alena Hoene was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Hilaree VanderPas then cleared the bases with a 3-run triple. She later scored when Alli Holthaus reached on an error.
Two more errors helped Potlatch add 3 runs in the top of the sixth but Prairie pitcher Sam Frei got 6 of the next 7 batters out to keep Potlatch from getting any closer.
Frei wound up allowing 5 hits with 5 walks and 1 hit batter. She had 4 strikeouts. Only 5 of Potlatch’s 11 runs were earned.
The Pirates got 6 hits led by VanderPas with a triple and 4 RBI. Laurino had a double and 3 RBI while Kaschmitter had a double and Tiffany Schaeffer, Alli Holthaus and Schmidt each had a single.
Potlatch’s pitcher gave up 11 walks and hit 3 batters while recording 5 strikeouts.
Potlatch     2 2 0 4 0 3 0—11 5 2
Prairie        1 8 0 0 4 0 x—13 6 6

Lady Pirates beat Lewis County 17-7
The Prairie Lady Pirates picked up their 31st straight win as they beat Lewis County 17-7 in a league contest played at Lewiston Thursday, April 3.
Lewis County converted 2 singles and a walk into a run in the first inning but their lead didn’t last long as Prairie sent 15 hitters to the plate in the bottom of the first, scoring 10 runs.Alli Holthaus throws out a Lewis County runner at first.
Tiffany Schaeffer led off with a triple to the left field fence. Alena Hoene walked and Hilaree VanderPas clubbed a 2-run double to left. Brooke Holthaus followed with another double. After an out Leora Laurino singled to right and Rachel Kaschmitter singled to left. Haleigh Schmidt reached on an error and Amber Holthaus singled.
Tiffany Schaeffer walked and Hoene then struck out but wound up making it to second when the ball got past the catcher for a passed ball. VanderPas then hit her second double of the inning and came in to score the tenth run on Alli Holthaus’ single.
Lewis County rallied back in the second with 5 runs of their own on 2 walks, 4 singles and an error but Prairie pitcher Sam Frei was allowed just 1 more run after that although she had to pitch out of a couple of jams to do it.
In the third inning she gave up a 1 out walk and the next hitter had what appeared to be a single to left but Laurino was able to force out the baserunner at second. The next hitter doubled but the Eagles held up the runner at third and a groundout to third got Prairie out of the inning. 
In the fourth Lewis County loaded the bases on a single and 2 walks but two called third strikes got Frei out of that jam.
Prairie meanwhile added 2 runs in the third. Schaeffer led off with a walk, stole second and went to third on a wild pitch. Hoene also walked. VanderPas scored Schaeffer with a sacrifice fly and Hoene scored on Brooke Holthaus’ second double of the game.
In the bottom of the fourth Prairie added 5 more runs. Schmidt and Kendra Dinning each reached on errors and Schaeffer followed with an infield single to load the bases. Hoene walked to force in a run. VanderPas then blooped a single to right that scored Dinning and Alli Holthaus doubled to right to score both Schaeffer and Hoene.
Lewis County came up with a run in the top of the fifth but it wasn’t enough to keep the game from ending on the 10-run mercy rule.
Frei allowed 7 runs on 8 hits with 6 walks and 6 strikeouts.
Prairie pounded out 12 hits led by VanderPas who had 2 doubles and a single and 5 RBI. Schaeffer had a triple and a single. Brooke Holthaus had 2 doubles and 2 RBI. Alli Holthaus had a double and a single and 2 RBI. Laurino, Kaschmitter and Amber Holthaus each had a single. Hoene didn’t have any hits but reached base 4 times and scored all 4 times on 3 walks and a dropped third strike.
With the win Prairie improves to 8-0 on the season and 4-0 in league play.
Lewis County             1 5 0 0 1—  7   8 4
Prairie                      10 0 2 5 x—17 12 1
Alena Hoene slides safely into second base. . .after striking out! She made it all the way to second on the passed ball.
Brooke Holthaus rounds first on a double.
Tiffany Schaeffer heads for third with a triple to lead off the game.

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,  4 p.m. won 13-10
3-Lewis County at Airport Park in Lewiston won 17-7
8-at Kendrick, 2 games won 21-1 and 17-5 details next week. 33 wins in a row!!
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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