Lady Pirates lose opener
On a cold drizzly day in Orofino the Prairie Lady Pirates opened their softball season with a 5-13 loss to the Maniacs Tuesday, March 17.
Prairie took a 1-0 lead in the first as Leora Laurino’s fly ball was dropped in the left for a 2-base error and she came around to scored on Amber Holthaus’ ground out.Prairie didn’t score again though until the fifth inning and by that time they trailed 1-6.Rachel Kaschmitter takes a swing at a low pitch in the Orofino game.
Orofino scored 4 in the bottom of the first on 2 hits, an error and 2 strikeouts that wound up with the runner reaching as they swung at breaking balls from Sammi Frei that wound up bouncing past catcher Kara Guyer, who was in her first game ever at the position.
Orofino added 2 more in the third on a hit batter, single and 2 errors.
In the fifth Haleigh Schmidt led off with a walk for Prairie but was thrown out at third on Laurino’s double to left. After Holthaus was walked, Guyer pounded the ball over the fence just right of straightaway center for a 3-run homer that cut the Orofino lead to 4-6.
Orofino added a run to the lead in the bottom of the fifth then picked up 6 runs in the sixth on 3 hits, 3 walks and an error.
Prairie added a run in the seventh as Guyer led off with an infield hit, when to second on a wild pitch and scored on pinch hitter Kendra Dinning’s 2-out single.
Prairie had just 4 hits in the game, a homer and single by Guyer, a double by Laurino and a single by Dinning.
Orofino had 8 hits against Frei who walked 6, hit 1 and struck out 8.
Prairie also lost the JV game 12-14.
Prairie   1 0 0 0 3 0 1—  5 4 4
Orofino  4 0 2 0 1 6 x—13 8 3

Frei tosses no-hitter at CV
Sammi Frei tossed a 5-inning no-hitter to give the Prairie softball team their first win of the season, 24-0 at Clearwater Valley Thursday, March 19.
She had 10 strikeouts and walked 3 in the game.
Meanwhile Prairie pounded out 21 hits led by Kara Guyer who was 5 for 5 with 2 doubles and 7 RBI.
Sam Spencer added 4 hits including a double while Rachel Kaschmitter had a double and a single and Amber Holthaus, Kendra Dinning and Camille Schumacher each had 2 singles. Megan Sigler had a triple while Leora Laurino had a double and Alena Hoene and Meghan Bruner each had a single.
This was C.V.’s first game in 3 years as they didn’t field a team either of the past two years.
Prairie   5 12 7 0 0—24 21 2
C.V.      0   0 0 0 0—  0   0 6

Lady Pirates sweep Timberline
The Prairie Lady Pirates picked up a pair of mercy-rule ended wins as they swept a league doubleheader against Timberline 13-0 and 17-1 at Sunset Park in Lewiston Saturday, March 21.
Sammi Frei tossed a 3-hit shutout in the first game with 6 strikeouts and 3 walks while freshman Megan Sigler gave up just 2 hits and 1 run in the second game. She had 2 walks and 2 strikeouts.
Kara Guyer paced the offense in the opener with a triple and a single and 3 RBI. Alena Hoene also had a triple while Sigler had a double and Rachel Kaschmitter and Haleigh Schmidt each had a single in the opening game.
Prairie scored at least 2 runs in every inning and had 5 runs in the third.
In the second game Guyer had 3 more hits including a homer while Sigler also had 3 hits. Leora Laurino had a triple and a single while Kaschmitter and Hoene had 2 singles each. Amber Holthaus, Sam Spencer and Schmidt each had a single.
With the wins Prairie improves to 3-1 overall and 3-0 in league play.
Game 1
Timberline 0 0 0 0 0—  0 3 4
Prairie       2 3 5 3 x—13 6 2
Game 2
Prairie       4 2 3 8 0—17 15 4
Timberline 0 1 0 0 0—  1   2 5

Lady Pirates win big at Lapwai
A 15-run third inning led to a 20-3 three-inning mercy rule win by the Prairie Lady Pirates at Lapwai Monday, March 23.
Prairie jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first inning on just 2 hits as Lapwai’s pitcher struggled to find the plate, walking 4 hitters and hitting another.
Leora Laurino led off the game by beating out an infield hit. She then stole second and moved to third on a passed ball.
Amber Holthaus followed with a walk and stole second. 
Sammi Frei pitches against Lapwai. At left is third baseman Megan Sigler.Kara Guyer then knocked in both runners with a solid single to left. Kendra Dinning went in as a courtesy runner for Guyer who is the Prairie catcher.
Dinning, Megan Sigler, who walked, and Alena Hoene, who was hit by a pitch, all wound up eventually scoring on wild pitches.
In the bottom of the first Prairie pitcher Sammi Frei hit two batters and gave up an infield hit but got out of the inning without any runs scoring.
After Prairie failed to score in the second, Lapwai put 2 runs on the board thanks to an error, two walks and a hit.
Prairie then had their huge inning. The first 8 batters all reached base with Lapwai changing pitchers after the first 6 reached base.
Hoene was hit by a pitch again, Sam Spencer walked, Meghan Bruner reached on an error with a run scoring and Haleigh Schmidt walked to load the bases. Laurino hit a 2-RBI single up the middle and Holthaus walked to reload the bases.
After the change in pitchers, Guyer was walked on 4 pitches to force in a run. Rachel Kaschmitter single in Laurino and finally Lapwai recorded an out. Hoene then doubled to left center to bring in 2 more runs. She advanced to third and then home on wild pitches.
Spencer, Bruner and Schmidt all were walked to reload the bases with Spencer scoring when Laurino dropped a flare in front of the right fielder for a hit. Holthaus then cleared the bases with a 3-run double down the left field line. Guyer then reached when they tried to make a play on Holthaus going to third on Guyer’s grounder. Holthaus wound up scoring on the play. Guyer eventually scored on Sigler’s single to make it 20-2.
Lapwai added a run in the bottom of the third without benefit of a hit.
Frei wound up allowing just 2 hits while walking 3 batters and hitting 3 others. She struck out 7.
Prairie had 8 hits with Laurino collecting 3 singles with 3 RBI. Holthaus had a double and 3 RBI while Hoene had a double and 2 RBI. Guyer had a single and 4 RBI and Kaschmitter and Sigler each had a single with 1 RBI.
With the win Prairie improves to 4-1 overall and 4-0 in league play. They don’t play again until after Spring Break on April 7 when they host Grangeville.
The JV game was very similar to the varsity game as Prairie rolled to a 22-0 win.
Prairie scored 5 in the first inning, 8 in the second and 9 in the third. 
Prairie again benefited from a bunch of free passes as they collected only 8 hits.
Bruner had 2 singles and 4 RBI in the game while Schmidt had a double and single and 3 RBI. Sigler had a single and 2 RBI while Sheri Schumacher had a single and 2 RBI and Spencer had a single and 1 RBI.
Camille Schumacher and Emily Lerandeau each had 2 RBI.
Sigler pitched and allowed just 1 hit with 1 walk while striking out 1. 
The game was called after 3 innings due to a combination of darkness and the 15-run mercy rule.
Prairie   5 0 15—20 8 2
Lapwai  0 2   1—  3 2 1

Women’s Volleyball Tournament held
The 2009 Women’s Volleyball tournament was held Saturday, March 21st at the Prairie Middle School Gym in Cottonwood. All eleven teams in the league participated in the day long tournament.    Finishing in first place was Riggins, second place, Orofino and third place was Cottonwood Primeland team consisting of Lynn Johnson, Linda Nida, Paige Forsmann, Stacey Skinner and Brandy McElroy.  
The season starts in January and ends in March with the tournament.  Teams are from Kamiah, Riggins, Orofino, three Grangeville teams and five Cottonwood teams.

Prairie Softball 2009
March 16th   Away   Kamiah(V&JV)  4:30, postponed due to wet field
March 17th    Away   Orofino (V &JV)  4:30, lost 5-13
March 19th    Away   C.V. (V& JV)  4:00, won 24-0
March 21st    Away   Timberline (2) (Lewiston) 11 a.m. won 13-0 and 17-1
March 23rd    Away   Lapwai (V&JV)  4:00, won 20-3
April 7th       Home   Grangeville  (V&JV) 4:00 
April 9th     Home   Lapwai (V&JV)   4:00 
April 14th    Away   Genesee (2) (Lewiston) 4:30 
April 16th   Away   Kendrick (2)  4:00
April 17th    Home   C.V. (V&JV)  4:30
April 20th    Away   Troy (2) (Lewiston) 4:30
April 21st    Home   Kamiah(V&JV)  4:30
April 23rd    Away   Grangeville (V&JV) 4:00 
April 24th    Home   Lewis Co.(V&JV)  4:30
April 27th    Away   St. Maries(Lewiston) 4:30
April 28th    Home   Orofino (V&JV)  4:30 
April 30th    Away   Lewis Co.   4:30 
May 2nd, 5th, & 7th  District Tournament Cottonwood TBA 
May 15th & 16th   State Tournament  Lewiston  TBA 
Cottonwood, Idaho 83522


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