District starts Saturday
The District Softball Tournament is set to start this Saturday, May 2 at the Wimer Ballfields in Cottonwood.
There will be 8 games played Saturday starting at 10 a.m. with games on both fields.
At 10 a.m. the #1 vs. #8 game and #4 vs. #5 games will start with the second round games for those 4 teams starting 20 minutes after the first games are finished.
The other 4 teams with start play at 1:30 p.m. with the #3 vs. #6 game and #2 vs. #7 game starting at that time.
20 minutes after those games are finished the second round games will be played.
The tournament will continue on Tuesday, May 5 at 3 p.m. with the two loser out games. The 3 p.m. winners and the championship game will follow at 5 p.m.
On Thursday, May 7 the loser of the championship game will play the winner of the loser’s bracket for second place to state.
At press time Prairie and Genesee were tied for first with 1 loss each in league play. Prairie would be the #2 seed on the tiebreaker so win or lose in Thursday’s final league game at Lewis County it appears Prairie will open district action in game 6 at 1:30 p.m. as the #2 seed.
The State Tournament this year is at Lewiston on May 15-16.
Lady Pirates beat Kamiah 14-4
The Prairie Lady Pirates scored in every inning with big innings in the first and third as they rolled to a 14-4 non-league win over Kamiah Tuesday, April 23 at Cottonwood.
Kamiah scored 3 runs in the top of the first but Prairie answered back with 5 in the bottom of the inning, highlighted by Kara Guyer’s 2-run homer.
Prairie added 1 run in the second, 6 in the third and 1 each in the fourth and fifth as they ended the game in the bottom of the fifth on the 10-run mercy rule.
Megan Sigler was the starting pitcher for Prairie and pitched the first 3 innings. Sammi Frei took over in the fourth and pitched final two innings. Combined they allowed just 4 hits with 7 strikeouts.
Prairie pounded out 14 hits as Guyer wound up with a homer and 2 singles and 4 RBI while Rachel Kaschmitter had a single, double and triple. Meghan Bruner had a single and triple and 3 RBI. Amber Holthaus also had a single and triple. Sigler had a pair of singles while Alena Hoene had a double and Haleigh Schmidt had a single.
Kamiah 3 0 0 0 1— 4 4 4
Prairie 5 1 6 1 1—14 14 1
Frei tosses no-hitter at Grangeville
Sammy Frei pitched a 5-inning no-hitter as the Prairie softball team beat Grangeville 10-0 on a cold, blustery day at Grangeville Thursday, April 23.
Prairie jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning. Leora Laurino led off the game by reaching on an error. She stole second then went to third on a passed ball and scored on Amber Holthaus’ single to right. Kara Guyer then was pretty much intentionally walked with the last couple of pitches being rolled over the plate. Rachel Kaschmitter followed with a 2-run single to right and came in to score on Alena Hoene’s single up the middle.
In the bottom of the inning Frei didn’t start out like she was going to toss a no-hit shutout as the walked the first batter, then after a forceout, hit the next two batters to load the bases. The runner on third was then picked off by catcher Guyer and Frei ended the inning with a strikeout.
Prairie meanwhile doubled their lead with another four runs in the second inning.
Holthaus started things with a 1-out single and Guyer was again intentionally walked. Kaschmitter then followed with a 2-run triple over the centerfielder’s head. Kaschmitter scored when Megan Sigler reached on an error. Sigler stole second and went to third when Hoene reached on an error. Sigler then scored on Kendra Dinning’s bloop single to left.
Prairie added 2 more runs in the third when Laurino walked to lead off the inning, moved to second on a wild pitch, stole third and scored on another wild pitch.
After an out Guyer was again intentionally walked, I believe it had something to do with the 5 hits and 8 RBI she had in the previous game against Grangeville. Kaschmitter was also walked on 4 pitches. Sigler grounded to short with Guyer being called out for interference, Hoene then singled to right to score Kaschmitter.
In the bottom of the third Grangeville had 3 baserunners on a hit batsman, walk and an error but the leadoff hitter was thrown out trying to score after the error as Hoene fielded the ball in left, threw to Kaschmitter at short and Kaschmitter gunned down the runner at home. Holthaus then got Prairie out of the inning by fielding a grounder, tagging the runner going by and then throwing to first to complete a double play. It was the second double play she started in the game as she had ended the previous inning by catching a line drive and then throwing to first to double off the baserunner, who had walked.
Prairie had 8 hits in the game with Kaschmitter having a triple and single and 4 RBI. Hoene had 2 singles and 2 RBI. Holthaus and Dinning each had 2 singles and an RBI. Guyer was intentionally walked all 4 plate appearances.
Frei allowed 4 walks, hit 3 batters and struck out 2 but gave up no hits or runs.
Prairie 4 4 2 0 0—10 8 1
Grangeville 0 0 0 0 0— 0 0 3
Lady Pirates beat Lewis County 11-3
The Prairie Lady Pirates posted 6 runs in the third inning to break open a tie game against Lewis County and went on to win 11-3 at Cottonwood Friday, April 24.
Lewis County scored a pair of runs in the top of the first inning while Prairie scored 1 each in the 1st and 2nd to tie the game.
The Eagles got two quick outs in the third an then pitcher Melissa Seitz ran into trouble as she walked 4 straight hitters to force in the go-ahead run and then Leora Laurino hit a 2-run double. Prairie added 3 more 2-out runs to take an 8-2 lead.
After the 2-run first Prairie pitcher Sammi Frei settled down and allowed just 1 more run over the final 6 innings.
Prairie added 1 more in the fourth and 2 in the sixth.
Prairie had 9 hits as Laurino had a double and triple while Amber Holthaus had 2 singles. Haleigh Schmidt had a double and Kara Guyer, Rachel Kaschmitter, Megan Sigler and Kendra Dinning each had a single.
Frei allowed just 4 hits with 7 walks while striking out 9. She allowed only 2 baserunners in the final 3 innings.
L.C. 2 0 0 1 0 0 0— 3 4 2
Prairie 1 1 6 1 0 2 x—11 9 0
Lady Pirates lose to St. Maries
The Prairie Lady Pirates lost a non-league encounter to St. Maries, 9-17, at Lewiston Monday, April 27.
Prairie took a 5-2 lead into the third inning but St. Maries erupted for 9 runs against Prairie pitcher Megan Sigler and the Lumberjacks controlled the game the rest of the way.
Prairie added a run in the bottom of the third and 3 more in the 7th.
Prairie had 8 hits in the game with Rachel Kaschmitter hitting a pair of triples while Sigler had 2 singles. Leora Laurino, Kara Guyer, Alena Hoene and Meghan Bruner had a single each.
With the loss Prairie drops to 15-3 on the season.
St. Maries 2 0 9 0 1 0 5—17 15 3
Prairie 1 4 1 0 0 0 3— 9 8 4
Girls basketball award winners. Back from left are Kayla Johnson, JV co-captain; MaKayla Schaeffer, JV most inspirational; Alena Hoene, varsity co-most inspirational; Kristi Poxleitner, co-captain; Kara Guyer, co-captain; and Kaylee Uhlenkott, co-captain and most valuable. Front from left are Haleigh Schmidt, JV co-captain; Samantha Keating, JV most improved; NaTosha Schaeffer, co-most inspirational; Megan Sigler, most improved and Jennifer Enneking, co-captain.
Basketball Cheerleader award winners from left were Rachel Kaschmitter, most inspirational; Chelsea Long, captain; and Justina Zigler, most improved. Not pictured is Ashley Shumway, most valuable.
Prairie Softball 2009
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, won 14-4
April 9th Home Lapwai (V&JV) 4:00, won 17-2
April 14th Away Genesee (2) (Lewiston) 4:30, lost first game 5-15, won second game 18-11
April 16th Home Kendrick (2) 4:00, won 11-0 and 23-5
April 17th Home C.V. (V&JV) 4:30, won 27-1
April 20th Away Troy (2) (Lewiston) 4:30, won 17-6 and 13-12
April 21st Home Kamiah(V&JV) 4:30, won 14-4, details next week
April 23rd Away Grangeville (V&JV) 4:00, won 10-0
April 24th Home Lewis Co.(V&JV) 4:30, won 11-3
April 27th Away St. Maries(Lewiston) 4:30, lost 9-17
April 28th Home Orofino (V&JV) 4:30, cancelled due to rain
April 30th Away Lewis Co. 4:30
May 2nd, 5th, & 7th District Tournament Cottonwood TBA
May 15th & 16th State Tournament Lewiston TBA