baseball starts Thursday, Prairie to play Friday
The 1-A District Baseball Tournament will start this Thursday, May 1 with a play-in game between the 7th place league team and Culdesac.
Culdesac wasn’t sure they would have a team at the season’s start and didn’t play a full league schedule so has been designated as the #9 seed.
Wallace will be taking part in the tournament and has been inserted as the #4 seed.
Prairie will be the #5 seed and will play Wallace at Genesee on Friday, May 2. (At this writing it could be either 3:30 or 5:30, likely 3:30 as Wallace wants to go back home that evening.)
The other game at Genesee on Friday will pit #1 Genesee against the Thursday winner.
Lewis County wound up as the #2 seed and will play Timberline at Juliaetta at 3:30 followed by Kendrick versus Troy.
The Friday losers at Genesee will play at 11 a.m. at Genesee while the winners will play at 1 p.m.
Same for the Friday losers and winners at Juliaetta.
On May 9 the tournament switches to Juliaetta where the loser’s bracket winner from Genesee will play the winner’s bracket loser from Juliaetta at 3:30 followed by the loser’s bracket winner from Juliaetta will play the winner’s bracket loser from Genesee.
On Saturday May 10 the Friday winners will play at 10 a.m. followed by the championship game at noon. The championship game loser will then play the 10 a.m. winner at 2 p.m. for the number 2 seed to state.
State will also be at Juliaetta on May 15-17.
Timberline edges Prairie in bottom of 7th
Timberline came up with 2 runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to edge Prairie 7-8 in a baseball game played at Kamiah Tuesday, April 22.
The game was a scoreless pitchers’ duel for the first 3 innings with Eric Daly allowing just 3 hits while Prairie could manage just 1, a single by Joe Schumacher in the second.
In the top of the fourth Prairie took the lead when Schumacher led off with a walk and went to second on a wild pitch. Silas Whitley reached on an error and Tyler Rogers followed with a single to left that scored Schumacher. Kyle Holthaus then singled up the middle to score Whitley.
Daly followed with an infield single that loaded the bases but Prairie left them stranded.
Timberline answered right back with 3 runs in the bottom of the inning on 3 singles and 2 walks. Timberline managed to score the 3 runs despite hitting just one ball out of the infield.
Prairie took back the lead in the top of the fifth. Steven Baerlocher hit a 1-out double and Seth Guyer reached on a 2-out walk. Both runners scored when Whitley’s fly ball to left was dropped for a 2-base error.
Timberline tied the score in the bottom of the fifth thanks to 2 errors.
In the top of the sixth Prairie added another 2 runs to take back the lead. Daly led off with a single, went to second on a passed ball and scored on Conner Rieman’s single to right. Ronnie Chandler followed with a double to left but Rieman had to hold up to make sure the ball wasn’t caught and was only able to advance to third. Rieman then scored on Baerlocher’s groundout to short.
Timberline came right back to tie the score in the bottom of the sixth. Rieman had replaced Daly on the mound as Daly had reached his innings limit, having pitched 2 innings the night before at Genesee.
An error and a double led to one run and the second run scored as Prairie turned a double play.
Prairie took back the lead in the top of the seventh when Rogers led off with a walk and went to second on a passed ball. Rieman then hit a 2-out single up the middle to score Rogers as Prairie took a 7-6 lead.
Prairie couldn’t hold it though as the bottom of Timberline’s order came through for them. Two singles and a walk loaded the bases with 1 out and another single ended the game as 2 runs scored.
Daly had allowed 4 runs on 7 hits with 3 walks, 1 hit batsman and 3 strikeouts in 5 innings. Rieman had allowed 4 runs on 4 hits with 2 walks and 1 strikeout in 1 1/3 innings.
Prairie had 9 hits in the game with Daly and Rieman having 2 singles each. Chandler and Baerlocher each had a double while Holthaus, Schumacher and Rogers each had a single.
Prairie 0 0 0 2 2 2 1—7 9 4
Timberline 0 0 0 3 1 2 2—8 11 3
Pirates split with Lewis County
The Prairie baseball team split a doubleheader with Lewis County at Cottonwood Thursday, April 24, losing the first game 9-10 then routing the Eagles 23-2 in the second game.
Prairie was the home team in the opener and the Eagles’ ace pitcher, Bryce Stigum, held the Pirates scoreless through the first 4 innings.
The Eagles got to Kyle Holthaus for 3 runs in the third inning on 2 hits and 3 errors.
The Eagles pushed across 3 more runs in the top of the fifth as Prairie committed 4 more errors.
The Pirates got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fifth when Holthaus led off and reached on an error. He stole second then went to third on a wild pitch. He scored when Ronnie Chandler hit a 2-out double.
Lewis County made it 1-7 with a run in the sixth on a double and 2 singles.
Prairie then made their rally in the bottom of that inning. Seth Guyer led off with a single and stole second. After an out, Rogers scored Guyer with a single. Holthaus added a single and Eric Daly doubled to score 2 runs. Conner Rieman reached on an error and Chandler walked to load the bases. Steven Baerlocher then doubled home 2 runs. Joe Schumacher was hit by a pitch and Guyer and Silas Whitley each singled as Prairie scored 7 runs in the inning before a double play ended it as Prairie took an 8-7 lead.
Prairie looked like they might win it as they got two quick outs in the top of the seventh but a single, walk, 2 more singles and another walk led to 3 runs as the Eagles took an 8-10 lead.
Prairie made two quick outs in the bottom of the seventh before Rieman pounded his first ever varsity homer to cut the lead to 1. A strikeout then ended the game.
Holthaus had allowed 10 runs on 9 hits with 6 walks and 7 strikeouts.
Prairie had managed 13 hits with Daly having a double and 2 singles. Holthaus and Guyer each had a pair of singles while Rieman had a homer, Chandler and Baerlocher a double each and Schumacher, Whitley and Rogers a single each.
In the second game Prairie batted around twice in the first inning as Lewis County’s starting pitcher recorded only 1 out.
Prairie had 9 hits in the inning and scored 13 runs as 2 errors, 3 walks and a hit batsman also contributed. Schumacher had 2 doubles in the inning while Daly and Whitley had 2 singles each. Holthaus and Rieman each had a double.
Prairie added 4 more runs in the second inning on 4 extra base hits. Holthaus led off with a double and scored on Daly’s double. Daly scored on Rieman’s triple and Rieman scored when Chandler homered to make it 17-0.
Prairie added 5 more runs in the third when Rogers led off with a single and Holthaus followed with a 2-run homer. Rieman singled, Chandler reached on an error and Baerlocher walked to load the bases. Two errors helped make it 22-0 heading to the bottom of the third.
Lewis County scored both of their runs in the bottom of the third. Chandler had pitched the first two innings and had 4 strikeouts and given up just 1 hit and 1 walk. Daly came on to pitch the third and gave up 2 hits then appeared about to get out of it as a popup to first and a comebacker followed. An error allowed both runners to score though before Daly got out of the inning with a strikeout. He gave up just 1 walk in the final two innings.
Prairie added another run in the fourth and the game ended after 5innings on the 10-run mercy rule.
L.C. managed just 3 hits while Prairie pounded out 18 hits, 9 for extra bases. Rieman went 4 for 4 with 2 singles a double and a triple. Holthaus had 2 doubles and a homer while Daly had a double and 2 singles and Whitley had 3 singles. Schumacher had 2 doubles while Chandler had a homer and Guyer and Rogers had a single each.
Lewis County 0 0 3 0 3 1 3—10 9 3
Prairie 0 0 0 0 1 7 1—9 13 7
Prairie 13 4 5 1 0—23 18 3
Lewis County 0 0 2 0 0— 2 3 3
Pirates edge Kendrick 12-10
The Prairie Pirates jumped out to an 8-2 lead but then had to come from behind to beat Kendrick 12-10 at Cottonwood Friday, April 25.
Kendrick took the early lead with 2 runs on 3 hits in the top of the first inning but Prairie came back strong in the bottom of the inning.
Kendrick’s starting pitcher faced 5 batters without recording an out. He hit Kyle Holthaus on his first pitch of the game then walked Eric Daly on 5 pitches. Rieman was hit on the next pitch to load the bases. Chandler hit one deep in the hole at short for a single as the shortstop had nowhere to make a play with Holthaus scoring. A wild pitch brought home Daly with the other two runners moving up. Steven Baerlocher singled home Rieman and Kendrick changed pitchers.
Joe Schumacher hit one deep in the hole at short for another single that scored Chandler. Guyer walked to load the bases and Silas Whitley blooped a single just past the shortstop to left to score Baerlocher. Tyler Rogers then doubled to center to bring home 2 more runs. Kendrick then sent their third pitcher of the inning to the mound. He got the first out of the inning on a fielder’s choice with Whitley being put out at home. Daly then followed with a single up the middle to score Rogers and make it 8-0. Rieman was hit by a pitch again to load the bases but a forceout at home and a pop fly to second ended the inning with the bases loaded.
Chandler got through the second inning on just 4 pitches but then ran into trouble in the third. Two doubles, a singles, a walk and another single started the inning before Prairie got an out on an infield fly. An error helped 2 runs score before Prairie got out of the inning with a double play. Daly caught a fly ball in left threw to cutoff man Holthaus at short who threw to Schumacher at third who tagged the runner trying to advance from second.
Kendrick took the lead with 2 runs in the fourth on a double and 3 singles.
Prairie had at least 2 runners on in the second third and fourth innings but couldn’t get any of them home.
They finally pushed another run across in the fifth when Chandler was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. Baerlocher followed with a double but Chandler had to hold up at third. Chandler then scored on Schumacher sacrifice fly to deep center.
Prairie took back the lead in the bottom of the sixth. Rogers reached on an error leading off the inning. After a flyball out, Daly singled up the middle.
Kendrick brought in their fourth pitcher of the game and he got a strikeout but then walked both Chandler (intentionally) and Baerlocher to force in a run. Schumacher then hit a 2-run single to left to give Prairie a 12-9 lead heading into the seventh.
Rieman was pitching by this time as Chandler had run out of innings, pitching 2 the night before and 5 in this game. Rieman had loaded the bases in the sixth inning on a hit batsman and 2 walks but had got out of the jam with a fly ball to right that was caught by Whitley. In the seventh he gave up consecutive singles for a run then got an out at second on a comebacker to the mound. Another single put runners on first and third with just 1 out but a pop up to the mound and a strikeout ended the game.
Chandler allowed 9 runs on 13 hits with 2 walks and 1 hit batsman in 5 innings. Rieman allowed 1 run on 3 hits with 2 strikeouts, 2 walks and a hit batsman in 2 innings.
Prairie pounded out 13 hits with Baerlocher having a double and 2 singles and Schumacher 3 singles to lead the team. Daly and Whitley had 2 singles each while Rogers had a double and Chandler and Guyer each had a single.
With the win Prairie improves to 7-6 overall and 6-5 in league play.
Kendrick 2 0 5 2 0 0 1—10 12 2
Prairie 8 0 0 0 1 3 x—12 13 1
Pirates come from behind twice against Troy
The Prairie baseball team came from behind in both games to sweep a doubleheader from Troy at Lewiston’s Clearwater Park Monday, April 28, 16-13 and 17-11.
The opening game was a real slugfest early on as Prairie scored 3 runs each in the first, second and third innings but still trailed 9-11.
They took the lead with a 4-run fourth inning and held it until the bottom of the seventh when Troy came up with 2 runs to tie the game and send it into extra innings.
Kyle Holthaus had started on the mound and struggled. Eric Daly came on in the fourth inning and shut Troy out until that bottom of the seventh.
The Pirates came up with 3 runs in the top of the 8th, aided by walks and Ronnie Chandler’s RBI double, and Daly shut out the Trojans in the bottom of the inning as Prairie held on for the win.
Prairie had 16 hits in the opening game with everyone in the lineup collecting at least 1 hit. Chandler had a double and 2 singles to lead the way. Seth Guyer had a double and a single while Holthaus, Daly, Conner Rieman, Steven Baerlocher and Tyler Rogers had 2 singles each and Joe Schumacher and Silas Whitley each had a single.
In the second game Troy took an 11-2 lead by the top of the third inning against starting pitcher Chandler. Rieman came on in the fourth inning and shut out the Trojans the rest of the way.
Prairie meanwhile got their offense going as they scored 1 in the third, 5 in the fourth and tied it in the fifth with 3 runs.
They plated 6 runs in the sixth to pull away for the win.
Prairie had 15 hits in the game led by Chandler who had 2 homers, a double and a single. Holthaus and Schumacher had 3 singles each while Rieman had a triple and Daly, Baerlocher, Guyer and Rogers each had a single.
With the wins Prairie improves to 9-6 on the season and 8-5 in league play (6-5 not counting the Culdesac wins, which might not be counted in the league standings.)
Prairie 3 3 3 4 0 0 0 3—16 16 5
Troy 2 5 4 0 0 0 2 0—13 15 5
Troy 2 2 7 0 0 0 0—11 13 4
Prairie 2 0 1 5 3 6 x—17 15 6
7-at Orofino Tournament vs. St. Maries, lost 1-11
8-at Orofino Tournament vs. Colton, 9 a.m.; wet fields, didn't play
11-at Kamiah, no game, Kamiah doesn't have a team this year
13-vs. Potlatch at Lewiston (2 games), 4:30 p.m. Cancelled.
17-at C.V. (Non-league) won 10-0
20-at Culdesac, won 19-3
3-Kamiah, here - cancelled, Kamiah has no team this year
15-Culdesac, won 25-15
17-Timberline, won 15-5
18-at Kendrick, lost 4-9
19-McCall, here, cancelled
21-at Genesee (2 games) lost 0-21, 6-8
22-Timberline, played at Kamiah, lost 7-8
24-Lewis County, here lost 9-10, won 24-3
25-Kendrick, won 12-10
28-at Troy, won 16-13, 17-11
29-C.V. here, cancelled due to weather
3-Second round of District Tournament at Juliaetta and Genesee
9-10-District continues at Juliaetta
16-17-State at Juliaetta