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Lady Pirates win district
Lady Pirates beat Troy 17-2
The Prairie Lady Pirates advanced to the district championship game with a 17-2 win over Troy in a second round game at Lewiston Saturday, May 3.
Sam Frei pitched for the Pirates and allowed just 1 baserunner in the first 3 innings, that on an error.
In that time Prairie built a 6-0 lead. Kara Guyer walked with 1 out in the first, stole second and scored on Brooke Holthaus’ single to left.
Prairie plated 5 runs in the second inning. Kim Schaeffer led off with a walk and went to second on a passed ball. The next two hitters both made outs but Prairie then put together a 2-out rally. Alena Hoene blooped a single to right that scored Schaeffer. Tiffany Schaeffer followed with a walk and Guyer doubled to left to score both runners. Hilaree VanderPas singled to left to score Guyer and Brooke Holthaus doubled to left to score VanderPas.
Frei ran into trouble in the fourth, giving up 2 walks, 2 singles and hitting 1 batter.
She got out of bigger trouble with a pair of ground balls after 2 runs were already in and the bases loaded. A grounder to Guyer at third resulted in a forceout at home and the next hitter grounded one to short for a forceout at second.
Prairie took a 6-2 lead into the bottom of the fourth.
Troy’s pitcher at that point ran out of gas after pitching a near-complete game to beat Kendrick in their opening round game. She walked Prairie’s first 4 hitters to force in a run. Brooke Holthaus then doubled to left to score 2 runs.
After an out, Kim Schaeffer walked to reload the bases. After another out Rachel Kaschmitter ground to short but the shortstop bobbled the play with a run scoring. Hoene followed with an RBI walk and Tiffany Schaeffer then cleared the bases with a 3-run double. Guyer followed with a triple to the fence in right center to score Tiffany and VanderPas singled home Guyer. Brooke Holthaus then picked up her fourth hit and fifth RBI on a single to score VanderPas and end the game on the 15-run mercy rule.
Prairie had 11 hits in the game with Brooke collecting 2 doubles and 2 singles and 5 RBI. Guyer had a double and a triple and 3 RBI while VanderPas had 2 singles and 2 RBI and Tiffany Schaeffer had a double and 3 RBI. Hoene added a single and 2 RBI.
Frei allowed just 2 hits and 2 runs in 4 innings with 3 strikeouts, 2 walks and 1 hit batter.
Troy 0 0 0 2— 2 2 1
Prairie 1 5 0 11—17 11 2
Lady Pirates win District title
The Prairie Lady Pirates won their third straight district softball championship by defeating the only team they lost to all year 13-0 Monday, May 5 at Cottonwood.
Sam Frei, who’d been touched up for 17 runs on 17 hits in her previous outing against the Lady Bulldogs was dominant this time around, giving up just 3 hits while striking out 8 and walking just 3.
Genesee had only 1 runner get as far as third base and that came in the second inning, mainly as a result of Prairie’s only error of the game.
Genesee’s Cyd Blevins was matching Frei through 4 innings in a great pitcher’s duel.
The dam broke though in the top of the fifth. Kara Guyer led off and hit a grounder right through the legs of the Genesee second baseman, Genesee’s first error of the game. Hilaree VanderPas followed with a double to the gap in right center that scored Guyer with the game’s first run.
Brooke Holthaus followed with a single to left and Alli Holthaus was hit by a pitch. Kim Schaeffer then dropped a single into the hole between the infielders and the rightfielder to score VanderPas.
With the bases still loaded, Leora Laurino came up with the big hit of the inning as the lefty batter pounded the ball to left, away from where the outfield was playing her. It got past the leftfielder and by the time she was done running she had a 3-run triple.
Rachel Kaschmitter followed with a perfectly placed looper that got just past the first baseman and landed 3 inches inside the foul line behind first base for a single. Laurino scored on the play to make it 6-0.
Alena Hoene followed with a perfect sacrifice bunt that moved Kaschmitter to second. Kaschmitter then moved to third when Genesee’s catcher tried a pickoff throw. The only problem was neither the shortstop or second baseman moved to cover second. Kaschmitter then scored on Tiffany Schaeffer’s groundout to short.
Guyer followed with a single to left and VanderPas hit her second RBI double of the inning to make it 8-0.
In the top of the sixth Prairie added on as Genesee was visibly down after giving up the 8 runs in the fifth.
After an out Kim Schaeffer walked. Laurino then hit a grounder that, like Guyer’s ball earlier, went between the legs of the second baseman for an error. Kaschmitter then hit a grounder to shortstop that she fumbled with for a second straight error with Schaeffer scoring. Hoene grounded out, moving the runners up to second and third. Tiffany Schaeffer was hit in the back by the next pitch to load the bases. Guyer then singled to bring in Laurino and VanderPas followed with her third straight double to deep right center. This brought in 3 runs to make it 13-0.
Frei gave up a hit in the bottom of the inning but struck out 2 hitters and got a popup to the catcher to end the game on the 10-run mercy rule.
Prairie’s championship game experience helped them a lot in this game as it was Genesee’s first since they restarted their softball program a couple years ago.
Prairie pounded out 12 hits in the game led by VanderPas who had 3 doubles and 5 RBI. Guyer and Tiffany Schaeffer had 2 singles each while Laurino had a triple and 3 RBI and Brooke Holthaus, Alli Holthaus, Kim Schaeffer and Kaschmitter each had a single.
Prairie takes a 20-2 record into their fourth straight 1-A state tournament and seventh straight state appearance overall. They’ve appeared in the last 3 state championship games, winning it last year.
Genesee was to play Troy for the second seed at state on Wednesday.
The state tournament will be at Caldwell May 16-17 making for a long layoff for the Lady Pirates.
Prairie 0 0 0 0 8 5—13 12 1
Genesee 0 0 0 0 0 0— 0 3 4
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 Beat L.C. 8-4, beat Troy 17-2, beat Genesee 13-0 to win district title.
16-17-State at Caldwell
To get to Caldwell Quad Complex - take exit 29 (also east end of Caldwell). If coming from the west, take left at top of the ramp onto Franklin Road. Go to Smead Rd. and you should be able to see it from the intersection. If coming from Boise, take right at top of the ramp.