Pirates edge Culdesac
The Lady Pirates softball team barely kept their winning streak alive in cold, windy conditions at Lewiston Tuesday, April 15 as they edged Culdesac 7-6.
Prairie took the early lead with a 2-run first but Culdesac got to Prairie pitcher Sam Frei for 3 runs in the top of the second.
Prairie took back the lead with a 2-run third but Culdesac scored 2 in the fifth to make it 4-5.
Prairie tied it in the bottom of the fifth and that’s where it was going into the top of the seventh.
Culdesac pushed across a run to make it 5-6.
In the bottom of the inning Prairie had the bottom of the order coming up. No. 8 hitter Rachel Kaschmitter started the rally though with a double down the left field line. She scored to tie the game on Tiffany Schaeffer’s single.
That set up Hilaree VanderPas for the game-winning hit. Culdesac appeared to be trying to give her an intentional pass. In softball you have to go through with the pitches unlike high school baseball where the coach can just tell the umpire he wants the hitter walked. The Culdesac pitcher’s first pitch was close to the plate and Prairie coach Travis Mader told VanderPas to take a shot if the next pitch is that close. Sure enough it was and VanderPas pounded the ball to left-center to score Schaeffer with the winning run.
Frei limited Culdesac to just 3 hits with 10 strikeouts but 4 errors cost the Pirates some runs.
Prairie meanwhile got just 6 hits off of Culdesac’s Kayla Dau, 3 of them, including a double, by VanderPas. Kara Guyer added a triple, Kaschmitter a double and Schaeffer a single.
Culdesac 0 3 0 0 2 0 1—6 3 2
Prairie 2 0 2 0 1 0 2—7 6 4
Prairie beats Kamiah 15-2
A 12-run third inning led to a 15-2 win for the Prairie Lady Pirates over Kamiah in the first game all season played at their home field Thursday, April 17.
Prairie took the early lead with 2 runs in the bottom of the first but led just 2-1 heading into the bottom of the third.
Prairie came up with a 10-hit barrage in that inning and scored 12 runs. Kara Guyer, Hilaree VanderPas, Brooke Holthaus and Alli Holthaus each had 2 hits in the inning with one of Guyer’s being a triple and one of VanderPas’ being a double.
Each team added a run in the fourth and Prairie shut out Kamiah in the fifth to end the game on the 10-run mercy rule.
Prairie wound up with 12 hits in the game with Tiffany Schaeffer and Guyer each collecting a triple and a single, VanderPas had a double and a single and Brooke Holthaus, Alli Holthaus and Rachel Kaschmitter each had 2 singles.
Pitcher Sam Frei gave up just 3 hits and had 4 strikeouts and 2 walks.
Kamiah 0 0 1 1 0— 2 3 4
Prairie 2 0 12 1 x—15 12 1
Lady Pirates sweep doubleheader
The Prairie Lady Pirates swept a league doubleheader from Troy Saturday, April 19 at Lewiston to run their win streak to 37 games, 14-1 and 24-10.
In the opening game pitcher Sam Frei got into a jam right away when a walk and two singles loaded the bases. She got out of it when the next 3 hitters all hit infield grounders for 3 consecutive forceouts at home plate.
She had an easier time of it in the second as she struck out the side.
Prairie picked up a run in the second when Kim Schaeffer led off with a double to center. Leora Laurino struck out but made it to first when the ball got away from the catcher. Schaeffer then scored when Rachel Kaschmitter reached on an error.
Troy tied the score in the third on two walks and a single with a double steal scoring the run.
In the third Prairie put together a huge inning as they sent 19 batters to the plate.
An out started the inning but then Kara Guyer and Hilaree VanderPas each singled up the middle. Brooke Holthaus, Alli Holthaus and Kim Schaeffer each walked with 2 runs scoring. Laurino then cleared the bases with a triple to right field. She scored when Kaschmitter beat out an infield single. After a second out Tiffany Schaeffer doubled to left. Guyer reached on an error with Tiffany scoring. Guyer stole second and advanced to home on a pair of wild pitches. VanderPas was hit by a pitch and Brooke and Alli Holthaus both walked to load the bases. Kim Schaeffer hit a 2-run single to left and Laurino walked to reload the bases. Troy then changed pitchers and the new pitcher walked Kaschmitter and hit Alena Hoene with a pitch to force in 2 more runs before getting the final out of the inning.
Tiffany Schaeffer pitched the final 2 innings for the Pirates. She got into a jam right off the bat when an error, single and walk loaded the bases with nobody out. A pop-up to Guyer at third and a grounder to Guyer that saw her force out the runner at home got the first two outs. A short fly to center followed with centerfielder VanderPas able to force the runner at second base. The runner mistakenly held up on the fly ball, even with 2 outs.
The game ended after the top of the fifth on the 10-run mercy rule.
Frei gave up 1 run on 3 hits with 4 strikeouts in 3 innings with 3 walks. Schaeffer gave up no runs and 1 hit with 1 walk in 2innings with 1 strikeout.
Prairie had 8 hits with Guyer and Kim Schaeffer each collecting a double and single, Laurino a triple, Tiffany Schaeffer a double and VanderPas and Kaschmitter a single each.
In the second game Prairie jumped on Troy for 6 runs in the top of the first. Tiffany Schaeffer was hit by a pitch and stole second. Guyer singled her home then stole second and went to third when the throw went into centerfield. VanderPas then doubled off the fence in left to score Guyer. Alli Holthaus singled to left with VanderPas moving to third. VanderPas then scored when Kim Schaeffer reached on an error. Laurino reached on a fielder’s choice when the pitcher failed to get the runner at third. Alena Hoene then hit a 2-run single to make it 5-0. Walks to Tiffany Schaeffer and Guyer forced home another run.
Troy got on the board in the bottom of the inning on a walk and a double.
Prairie added a run in the second when Brooke Holthaus hit a leadoff double down the leftfield line. Courtesy runner Amber Holthaus moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on Alli Holthaus’ sacrifice fly to center.
Two walks and a single helped Troy make it 7-2 after 2 innings.
Prairie added 3 in the third on Guyer’s 2-run triple after Hoene had walked and Tiffany Schaeffer had reached on an error.
Brooke Holthaus then scored Guyer with a single.
Troy cut the lead to 10-7 with 1 run in the third and 4 runs in the fourth. Two walks, 2 singles and a double led to the 4-run fourth.
Prairie pulled away again in the fifth when they posted 6 runs. Guyer led off with her second triple of the game and scored on VanderPas bloop single to right. Brooke Holthaus singled and Alli Holthaus scored VanderPas when she lined one between the legs of the third baseman for a 2-base error. A sacrifice fly by Kim Schaeffer and a run scoring single by Laurino brought home 2 more runs. Another run scored on Hoene’s groundout to the pitcher and Tiffany Schaeffer doubled home another run to make it 16-7.
Troy didn’t score in the bottom of the fifth and Prairie poured it on in the top of the sixth with 8 more runs.
VanderPas and Brooke Holthaus each singled and Alli Holthaus brought in a run with double over the left fielder’s head. Another sacrifice fly by Kim Schaeffer brought in another run. Laurino walked and Kaschmitter hit a run scoring single.
Sam Spencer worked a walk after falling behind 1-2 and Tiffany Schaeffer pounded another double down the left field line to score another run. Guyer was hit by a pitch to load the bases and VanderPas doubled to center to bring home 3 runs. VanderPas then scored when Brooke Holthaus reached on an error to make it 24-7.
Troy tried to send the game to the seventh inning with a walk, 2 singles and double but Frei was able to end the game on the 10-run mercy rule with a called third strike.
Frei gave up 10 runs on 9 hits with 7 walks and 2 strikeouts.
Prairie pounded out 20 hits led by VanderPas who had 2 doubles, 2 singles and 5 RBI and Brooke Holthaus who had a double and 3 singles.
Guyer had 2 triples, a single and 4 RBI while Kaschmitter had a double and 2 singles.
Tiffany Schaeffer had 2 doubles, Alli Holthaus had a double and a single and Laurino and Hoene each had a single. Hoene and Kim Schaeffer each had 3 RBI.
With the wins Prairie improves to 15-0 on the season and 9-0 in league play.
Troy 0 1 0 0 0— 1 4 3
Prairie 0 1 13 0 x—14 8 2
Prairie 6 1 3 0 6 8—24 20 2
Troy 1 1 1 4 0 3—10 9 7
Lady Pirates pick up two wins by forfeit
The Prairie Lady Pirates stretched their win streak to 39 games without having to step on the field Tuesday, April 22.
Lapwai had several players declared ineligible and couldn’t field a team, thus forfeiting their two leagues games.
With the pair of 7-0 forfeit wins (we assume high school is like the pros where you get 1 run for each inning in a forfeit) Prairie improves to 11-0 in league play and 17-0 overall.
Prairie Girls Softball 2008 schedule
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.
14-Grangeville here, cancelled due to weather
15-Culdesac here, won 7-6
17-Kamiah here, won 15-2
19-Troy, 2 games, won 14-1, 24-10
21-at Grangeville, cancelled due to weather
22-Lapwai here (2), forfeited by Lapwai, not enough players eligible
24-vs. Genesee at Airport Park, Lewiston, 2 games - both teams currently unbeaten in league play.
28-at Lewis County
3, 5, 7-District at Prairie
16-17-State at Caldwell