District starts Friday
The District Baseball Tournament will start Friday, May 1 with games scheduled for both Genesee and Juliaetta starting at 3:30 p.m.
At Juliaetta the #4 vs. #5 game will be played at 3:30 followed by the #1 vs. #8 game at 5:30.
At Genesee the #2 vs. #7 game will be at 3:30 with the #3 vs. #6 game at 5:30.
At press time Genesee, Prairie and Kendrick were all tied for first place with 2 losses each. If they finish that way the tiebreaker has Kendrick as the #1, Prairie as #2 and Genesee as #3 meaning Prairie would likely play at 3:30 Friday at Genesee.
The rest of the tournament is all at Juliaetta with 4 games scheduled for Saturday, May 2. The 2 loser out games will be at 10 a.m. and noon with the winner’s bracket games to follow at 2 and 4 p.m. The teams that played at Juliaetta Friday will be first up in each section which means a Prairie win Friday would have them playing at 4 p.m. Saturday and a loss would have them playing at noon.
On Friday, May 8 the next round of loser out games will be played at 3:30 and 5:30 at Juliaetta.
On Saturday, May 9, the loser’s bracket final will be played at 10 a.m. with the championship game set for noon. The championship game loser will play the 10 a.m. winner at 2 p.m. for second place to state.
The State Tournament is set for Caldwell May 15-16.
Pirates fall to Kendrick 8-11
The Prairie Pirates led after 4 innings but Kendrick rallied for 6 runs in the 5th and 6th innings to win 8-11 and sweep the season series with Prairie Tuesday, April 21 at Cottonwood.
Both sides had trouble fielding the ball as each team committed 6 errors in the game.
2 of Prairie’s errors occurred in Kendrick’s 5-run second inning while 3 more of them came in the 4-run 6th.
Prairie didn’t take as much advantage of the Kendrick errors as only 3 occurred in an inning that Prairie scored in.
Kendrick took a 0-5 lead in the top of the second on 2 errors and 4 hits, 3 of which were doubles.
Prairie answered right back in the bottom of the 2nd with 5 runs of their own. Seth Guyer led off with a single to left and Steven Baerlocher reached on an error by the third baseman. Joe Schumacher doubled to left to score Guyer and Kyle Daly singled up the middle to score Baerlocher. After a pair of outs David Sigler hit a high fly to deep centerfield which was dropped by the fielder for an error with Schumacher and Daly scoring. Sigler then stole second and scored the tying run on Ronnie Chandler’s double down the left field line.
Prairie took the lead in the third. Baerlocher hit a 1-out single up the middle and Schumacher also singled but got picked off. Kyle Daly walked and stole second then Eric Daly grounded to short but reached first with Baerlocher scoring when the first baseman dropped the throw for an error.
Prairie added a run in the fourth when Chandler hit a 1-out double and scored on Guyer’s 2-out single up the middle to give Prairie a 7-5 lead.
Kendrick tied it in the fifth thanks in part to some wildness by pitcher Sigler. Sigler struck out the leadoff hitter and then had the second hitter swing and miss on strike 3 but the pitch was a curveball in the dirt and got past the catcher with the batter reaching first. A wild pitch moved him to second and the next hitter singled to right and stole second. With runners on 2nd and 3rd, a single up the middle scored both runners.
Kendrick then added 4 more runs in the 6th on 3 errors and 3 singles. 2 of the singles were bloop hits that fell just behind the infielders and in front of the outfielders.
Conner Rieman led off the bottom of the sixth with a homer to cut the lead to 3 and in the bottom of the 7th Sigler his a 2-out double and Chandler walked. Rieman then swung at strike 3 but beat the throw to first to load the bases and bring the winning run to the plate but a strikeout ended the game.
Prairie had 14 hits in the game with Schumacher collecting a double and 2 singles and an RBI, Chandler 2 doubles and an RBI, Kyle Daly a double and single and an RBI, Guyer and Baerlocher 2 singles each with Guyer also having an RBI, Rieman a homer and an RBI, Sigler a double and Eric Daly a single.
Sigler pitched all 7 innings and gave up 12 hits and 1 walk with 11 strikeouts. 8 of the 11 runs were unearned.
Kendrick 0 5 0 0 2 4 0—11 12 6
Prairie 0 5 1 1 0 1 0— 8 14 6
Pirates win big over CV
The Prairie Pirates took advantage of 10 errors by Clearwater Valley to beat the Rams 15-3 in a league game at Cottonwood Thursday, April 23.
Before play started C.V. coaches said they only wanted to play one game and after some negotiating as to whether to make the 1 game count twice, it was decided they would forfeit the second game to Prairie.
Prairie scored 4 runs in the first and 2 in the second despite just 1 total hit in those two innings as C.V. committed 6 of their 10 errors in that span.
Prairie then pushed across 9 runs in the third on 7 hits and 4 more errors.
Prairie totaled 8 hits in the game led by Conner Rieman who had a single and a triple. David Sigler had a double and Eric Daly, Ronnie Chandler, Steven Baerlocher, Silas Whitley and Kyle Daly each had a single.
Chandler pitched all five innings and allowed 5 hits and 3 runs. He took a shutout into the fifth before allowing 3 runs. Prairie still was able to end the game on the 10-run mercy rule after the top of the fifth.
C.V. 0 0 0 0 3— 3 5 10
Prairie 4 2 9 0 x—15 8 4
Pirates beat Genesee 15-1
The Prairie baseball team pounded out 17 hits while allowing just 3 as they beat Genesee 15-1 Saturday, April 25 at Genesee. It was Prairie’s first win at Genesee in several years.
The win creates a 3-way tie atop the White Pine League standings as Prairie, Kendrick and Genesee each have 2 losses. If they wind up that way Kendrick would be the #1 seed at district with Prairie #2 and Genesee #3 according to the tiebreakers determined at a league athletic directors meeting.
Prairie jumped out on top with 4 runs in the first inning highlighted by Conner Rieman’s 2-run homer. They added 6 more runs in the second inning.
Coach Pat Holthaus said they hit the ball real hard against Genesee pitcher Tyler Souders and when the outfielders backed up to try to cut off the extra-base hits, Prairie started dropping some bloopers in front of them.
Prairie was held scoreless from the third through fifth inning but put 5 runs on the board in the top of the sixth to end the game on the 10-run mercy rule.
Everyone in the lineup wound up with at least 1 hits led by Ronnie Chandler who had 2 doubles and a single. David Sigler added 3 singles while Rieman had a homer and a single and 4 RBI. Joe Schumacher had a double and single while Kyle Holthaus and Steven Baerlocher each had a pair of singles. Eric Daly and Kyle Daly had 1 single each.
Sigler pitched for the Pirates and after giving up a double to the first batter of the game which led to a first inning run, settled down and gave up just 2 more hits and had 13 strikeouts.
With the win Prairie improves to 14-2 on the season and 10-2 in league play.
Prairie 4 6 0 0 0 5—15 17 5
Genesee 1 0 0 0 0 0— 1 3 4
Holthaus tosses no-hitter
Kyle Holthaus tossed a 5-inning no-hitter as the Prairie baseball team clobbered St. Maries 14-0 in a non-league game played at Harris Field in Lewiston Monday, April 27.
Holthaus struck out 7 and walked 4 in his first-ever no-hitter for PHS.
Meanwhile the Pirates got on the board in unusual fashion in the first inning. It appeared St. Maries had got out of the inning with a strikeout of Conner Rieman except that the catcher didn’t hang on to the pitch to complete the out and Rieman wound up reaching first with the two baserunners advancing.
With the bases now loaded, Seth Guyer blooped a single into the outfield that scored 2 runs.
The Pirates then put the game away with 6-run outbursts in both the third and fourth innings.
The Pirates wound up with 9 hits, all singles. Holthaus and Kyle Daly had 2 hits each while Eric Daly, Ronnie Chandler, Guyer, Steven Baerlocher and Joe Schumacher each had 1 hit.
Prairie also took advantage of 4 St. Maries errors.
With the win Prairie is now 15-2 on the season.
Prairie 2 0 6 6 0—14 9 0
St. Maries 0 0 0 0 0— 0 0 4
Pirates pick up two forfeit wins
Prairie High School athletic director Travis Mader informed the Chronicle Tuesday morning that Timberline was forfeiting their two league games scheduled for that afternoon due to a shortage of players due in part to eligibility problems.
That means the PHS baseball team will finish the regular season with a 17-2 record overall and a 12-2 record in league play, good for no worse than a tie for first place.
The PHS boys varsity basketball team received awards Sunday, April 26. From left are Kyle Daly, most rebounds, defensive award, co-captain and Senior award; Tyler Forsmann, co-captain and senior award; Devin Schmidt, 6th man award; David Sigler, most valuable, Assists and co-captain; Branden Waller, hustle award; Eric Daly, most improved, Most Inspirational and Pirate award; and Kyle Holthaus, Hustle award.
JV boys basketball award winners are shown. From left are Brock Heath, co-captain, hustle and defensive awards; Beau Schlader, co-captain, assists and most inspirational; Justin Schmidt, most improved and Seth Guyer, co-captain, Pirate award, and most valuable. Not shown are Andrew Gabica, rebounds award and Derek Schaeffer, 6th man.
Shown are the boys C team award winners. From left are Tim Frei, most improved; Troy Lorentz, Pirate award and Kyle Uhlenkott, most inspirational. Bottom from left are Brock Heath, co-captain, hustle and defensive awards; Beau Schlader, co-captain, assists and most inspirational; Justin Schmidt, most improved and Seth Guyer, co-captain, Pirate award, and most valuable. Not shown are Andrew Gabica, rebounds award and Derek Schaeffer, 6th man.
Prairie Baseball 2009
March 19th Away Culdesac 4:00, Won 11-1
March 20th Away Kamiah 4:30, Won 14-1
March 21st Away Grangeville (2) 11:00, Won 10-1
March 24th Away C.V. (2) 4:00, postponed due to weather
March 26th Away Kendrick 4:30, lost 0-9
March 27th Away Troy-Lewiston 4:30, won 16-3
April 6th Home Troy 4:30, won 14-0
April 7th Home Genesee 4:30, won 7-5
April 9th Home Lewis Co. 4:30, won 5-4 in 8 innings.
April 11th Here Timberline 11:00 Cancelled again. Will be played as part of doubleheader at Cottonwood on April 28
April 13th Away C.V. (2) 4:00 makeup of March 24 postponement - Cancelled due to flooded field.
April 14th Home Kamiah 4:30, won 25-0
April 16th Home Grangeville 4:30 won 14-11
April 17th Home Culdesac 4:30 won by forfeit 7-0
April 20th Away Lewis Co. 4:00 won 20-5
April 21st Home Kendrick 4:30 lost 8-11,
April 23rd Home C.V., (2 varsity games) 4:00 won 15-3, CV forfeited 2nd game.
April 25th Away Genesee. 11:00 won 15-1
April 27th Away St. Maries-LCSC 4:30, won 14-0
April 28th Home Timberline (2) 4:00, Timberline forfeited both games
May 1, 2, 8, & 9 Dist. Tour. 3:30 p.m. at Genesee vs. #7 seeded team. Will play at either noon or 4 p.m. (with a Friday win) Saturday at Juliaetta.
May 15th & 16th State Tour. Caldwell TBA