win District opener
The Prairie Pirates scored 7 runs in the first inning and cruised to a 14-2 win over Wallace in their opening round district baseball game at Genesee Friday, May 2.
Kyle Holthaus led off the game and reached on an error as the shortstop fumbled his grounder. He quickly wound up on third when the pitcher’s pickoff throw got past the first baseman. Holthaus scored on Eric Daly’s single up the middle.
Daly then wound up on third when the catcher’s pickoff throw to first also wound up deep in foul territory. Daly scored on Conner Rieman’s single to left. Rieman stole second and scored when Ronnie Chandler pounded a double that rolled to the fence in left center.
Steven Baerlocher followed with a single to right center that scored Chandler.
Joe Schumacher was hit by a pitch and Seth Guyer reached on an error by the first baseman with Baerlocher scoring. After a pair of outs, Holthaus singled up the middle to score both Schumacher and Guyer to make it 7-0 before Wallace got to bat.
Holthaus pitched for the Pirates and gave up a pair of singles but got out of the inning without any runs scoring thanks to a strike-em-out throw-em-out double play. He struck out Wallace’s cleanup hitter with 1 out and runners on first and second and catcher Rieman then threw out the runner on second as he tried to advance to third.
Prairie added 2 more runs in the second as Rieman led off with a single to right and Chandler reached when his grounder went through the third baseman’s legs. A wild pitch advanced both runners. Rieman scored when Joe Schumacher’s grounder to short took a bad hop and went straight up in the air about 15 feet for an infield single. Chandler then scored when he beat the throw home on Guyer’s grounder.
Wallace got on the board in the second inning on a leadoff double. A wild pitch advanced the runner to third and he scored on a grounder to first.
In the third Prairie added 2 more runs as Rieman walked and then wound up at third on another errant pickoff throw. Rieman scored when Chandler, hitting lefty, hit one through the first baseman’s legs this time. Chandler wound up at third on the play. Chandler then scored on Schumacher’s single up the middle.
In the bottom of the inning Wallace was able to load the bases with just 1 out on 2 walks and a single but Holthaus struck out the next two hitters to get out of trouble.
Wallace changed pitchers for the fourth inning and Prairie tacked on 3 more runs. Tyler Rogers walked to lead off the inning and went to second on a passed ball. He advanced to third on Holthaus’ single to left. Another errant pickoff throw to first allowed Rogers to score with Holthaus again advancing to third. Holthaus then scored on Rieman’s triple over the centerfielder’s head that wound up nearly in the football bleachers. Rieman scored Prairie’s final run of the game on Chandler’s groundout to first.
Wallace threatened again in their half of the fourth as a single and a walk put 2 runners on with nobody out. After a strikeout a bloop single loaded the bases. A passed ball almost led to a run but Rieman fielded the ball and threw to Holthaus who tagged the runner coming in from third for the second out of the inning. Holthaus then struck out the next hitter to end the inning.
Wallace tacked on a run in the fifth on two singles and a fielder’s choice but the game then ended on the 10-run mercy rule.
Prairie had 10 hits in the game with Rieman collecting a triple and 2 singles while Schumacher had 2 singles. Holthaus had 2 singles, Chandler had a double and Baerlocher had a single.
3 walks, 2 hit batsmen and 10 errors contributed to the Pirates scoring.
Holthaus scattered 8 hits and struck out 10 batters while walking 3.
Prairie 7 2 2 3 0—14 10 1
Wallace 0 1 0 0 1— 2 8 10
Pirates shut out by Genesee
Genesee showed why they were league champions and the tournament’s #1 seed as they shut out Prairie 0-10 in a second round district baseball game Saturday, May 3 at Genesee.
Genesee’s Tyler Souders limited the Pirates to just 3 singles while striking out 10 in 5 innings.
Joe Schumacher, in the second inning, was the only Prairie hitter to make it as far as second base. He hit a 1-out single and Seth Guyer walked but 2 strikeouts ended the threat.
A pair of double plays erased the only Prairie baserunners after that.
Conner Rieman and Steven Baerlocher had Prairie’s other 2 hits.
Ronnie Chandler pitched for the Pirates and pitched well through the first 4 innings as only 2 of Genesee’s first 4 runs were earned.
Things went bad in the fifth inning through as Genesee got to him with the first 6 batters all reaching base. Genesee wound up ending the game on the 10-run rule, scoring 6 runs with only 1 out.
Chandler gave up 10 runs on 10 hits with 2 walks and 1 hit batsman and 3 strikeouts.
Prairie’s next game will be against Troy on Friday, May 9 at Juliaetta at approximately 5:30 p.m. The winner of that game will play the winner of the Lewis County-Culdesac game at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 10. The winner of that game will play the loser of the Kendrick-Genesee championship game at approximately 2 p.m. for second place and a berth at state.
The state tournament will be held at Juliaetta May 16-17.
Prairie 0 0 0 0 0— 0 3 4
Genesee 2 0 1 1 6—10 10 1
PIRATES BOYS BASEBALL SCHEDULE FOR 2008
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. Lost to Genesee 0-10
9-10-vs. Troy at 5:30 p.m. May 9 at Juliaetta. If Prairie wins they'll play again Saturday at 10 a.m.
16-17-State at Juliaetta