softball moved to Lewiston's Airport Park
The 1-A District Softball Tournament is set to start at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 3 at Airport Park in Lewiston.
It was moved to Airport Park due to a 40% chance of rain for Cottonwood on Saturday. Prairie coach Travis Mader said they could probably play at Cottonwood but he didn't want to wake up Saturday with it raining and then have to figure out what to do now.
They'll play 3 games at 10 a.m. with Culdesac playing Timberline, Troy playing Kendrick and Prairie playing Lewis County.
At noon the Culdesac-Timberline winner will play Genesee while the winners of the other two games will play each other as will the other game's losers
The tournament will continue on Monday with 4 more games. Those may have to be at Cottonwood as the Lewiston fields are booked. Two loser-out games are scheduled for 3 p.m. The winners of those two games will play at 5 with the championship game also being played at 5 p.m. The loser's bracket survivor will play the championship game loser on Wednesday, May 7 at 5 p.m. for the second seed to state.
State will be at Caldwell May 16-17.
Genesee ends Prairie's win streak
The Prairie Lady Pirates lost their first league games in two seasons when they were swept by Genesee 13-17 and 3-18 at Lewiston Thursday, April 24.
In the opener Genesee got on the board with 4 runs in the first inning when they shouldn’t have scored at all. Pitcher Sam Frei got the first two hitters out then gave up a single, with wild pitches advancing her to third, and a walk. The next batter hit one right back to her but instead of throwing to first for the out she went home and the runner slid under the tag for the game’s first run. Another single loaded the bases and a double emptied them for a 0-4 Genesee lead.
Prairie came back with a run in the bottom of the inning as Kara Guyer beat out and infield single and Hilaree VanderPas followed with a single up the middle. Brooke Holthaus singled home Guyer but two ground balls got Genesee out of the inning.
Genesee added 5 more runs in the second on 2 doubles, 2 triples and a single and another run in the third on a pair of singles.
Prairie answered with 3 runs in the second to cut a 1-9 deficit to 4-9 as Leora Laurino led off with a double and Alena Hoene singled. Tiffany Schaeffer scored Laurino and Guyer singled to load the bases. After Hone was forced out at home by VanderPas, Brooke Holthaus singled to score both Schaeffer and Guyer.
In the bottom of the third Prairie was able to cut the lead to 10-8 with 4 runs. Laurino walked and Rachel Kaschmitter singled. Hoene hit a grounder to third but a throwing error loaded the bases. Tiffany Schaeffer singled down the left field line to bring in two runs. Guyer forced Hoene at third and then VanderPas doubled home Schaeffer and Guyer.
Genesee extended their lead each of the next 3 inning with 2 in the fourth, 3 in the fifth and 2 in the sixth to take an 8-17 lead into the bottom of the seventh.
Prairie then put together their best rally of the game. After a leadoff out Guyer single, VanderPas walked and Brooke Holthaus singled to score Guyer. Haleigh Schmidt pinchran for VanderPas and Amber Holthaus ran for Brooke. Alli Holthaus then doubled down the left field line but the ball went out of play for a ground rule double with only Schmidt scoring. Amber would have scored easily if the ball had stayed in play and Alli might’ve reached third.
Kim Schaeffer then beat out an infield single but a baserunner foulup led to an out at home. Laurino singled home Alli and Kaschmitter singled home Kim Schaeffer. Hoene singled home Laurino and Tiffany Schaeffer was hit by a pitch to load the bases. That brought up Guyer as the tying run. She hit the ball hard but unfortunately right to the shortstop who was able to force out Tiffany at second and end the game along with Prairie’s 39-game winning streak.
Prairie had 19 hits in the game with Guyer and Brooke Holthaus having 3 singles each. VanderPas, Alli Holthaus and Laurino had a double and single each. Kim Schaeffer, Kaschmitter and Hoene each had 2 singles and Tiffany Schaeffer had a single.
Frei gave up 17 runs on 17 hits with 6 walks, 1 hit batsman and 2 strikeouts.
In the second game Tiffany Schaeffer pitched for the Pirates and struggled, giving up 18 runs on 14 hits in 4 innings with 8 walks, a hit batsman and 2 strikeouts.
Offensively Prairie had a big letdown after suffering their first loss since early last season as they managed just 6 hits and 3 runs.
Prairie was behind 0-8 before they could score. They put 2 runs on the board in the third inning with a 2-run single by Brooke Holthaus scoring Tiffany Schaeffer and Guyer. They added a run in the fourth when Kim Schaeffer singled, moved to second on a groundout and scored on Kaschmitter’s single to right.
Tiffany Schaeffer, Brooke Holthaus, Alli Holthaus, Kim Schaeffer, Kaschmitter and Hoene each had 1 single in the game.
The losses drop Prairie to 16-2 on the season and 11-2 in league play.
Genesee 4 5 1 2 3 2 0—17 17 2
Prairie 1 3 4 0 0 0 5—13 19 6
Prairie 0 0 2 1— 3 6 3
Genesee 2 6 2 8—18 14 1
Prairie beats Kamiah 15-2
The Prairie Lady Pirates scored 10 runs in the first inning as they cruised to a 16-5 win over Lewis County at Nezperce Monday, April 28.
Kara Guyer had 2 home runs in the inning as Prairie sent 14 hitters to the plate.
Tiffany Schaeffer led of with a walk and Guyer followed with her first homer, a shot over the left fielder’s head that rolled all the way to the fence, which on the Nezperce Lions field is a long ways from home plate.
Brooke Holthaus walked and Alli Holthaus singled. A walk by Leora Laurino loaded the bases. Rachel Kaschmitter hit a grounder to third and the third baseman tried to go home but Amber Holthaus, running for Brooke, beat the throw and everyone was safe. Sam Frei then helped her own cause with a 2-run single up the middle. An infield hit by Alena Hoene reloaded the bases.
Tiffany Schaeffer cleared the bases with a triple and Guyer followed with her second homer, this time over the centerfielder’s head and nearly to the distant fence.
That made it 10-0 before the Eagles could even take their turn at bat.
In the bottom of the first Frei loaded the bases on 2 walks and a hit batter but got out of the inning with no runs scoring.
Prairie added 5 more runs in the second to take a 15-0 lead. Laurino led off with a walk and Kaschmitter followed with a single up the middle. Frei walked to load the bases. Hoene brought in a run with a groundout to third and Tiffany Schaeffer followed with a 2-run double down the left field line. Guyer scored Schaeffer with a single and came in to score when Alli Holthaus reached on an error.
LC scored their first run in the bottom of the second when Frei walked the bases loaded and then gave up her first hit of the game.
Prairie scored just once in the third. Laurino led off with a double to left, went to third on a ground out and scored on Frei’s ground out to short.
Hoene hit a double to left but was left on base as the inning ended.
Frei shut out the Eagles in the bottom of the inning and the game could’ve ended there on the 15-run rule but the teams decided to go 5 innings.
LC scored 1 run in the fourth and 3 more in the fifth as Prairie’s intensity level dropped considerably from the early innings.
Frei wound up allowing just 5 hits and had 9 strikeouts. She struggled with control as she walked 8 and hit 3. Lewis County only put 10 balls in play the entire game out of 30 batters.
Prairie had 12 hits led by Guyer who had 2 homers and a single. Tiffany Schaeffer had a double and triple while Hoene had a double and single. Laurino had a double and Brooke Holthaus, Alli Holthaus, Kaschmitter and Frei each had a single.
With the win Prairie ends their regular season at 17-2 overall and 12-2 in league play. They will be the second seed at the District Tournament and will play at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 3. They will play a second game right after that, win or lose.
Prairie also played a JV game and won that 15-3 in five innings.
Tiffany Schaeffer pitched and allowed 7 hits and 2 earned runs.
Prairie had 7 hits and took advantage of 18 free passes.
Hailey Schmidt had 3 hits in the game, a triple and 2 singles. Camille Schumacher had a double and a single while Sam Spencer had a double and Leora Laurino had a single.
Prairie 10 5 1 0 0—16 12 0
Lewis County 0 1 0 1 3— 5 5 2
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, lost 13-17, 3-18
28-at Lewis County, won 16-5
3, 5, 7-District at Prairie May 3 games moved to Lewiston's Airport Park.
16-17-State at Caldwell