Pirates open District with huge win
The Prairie baseball team had little trouble in their opening round district tournament game as they pummeled Timberline 28-3 at Genesee Friday, May 1.
Prairie scored at least 5 runs in every inning to make up for their defensive struggles as they committed 6 errors in the game with Timberline scoring only 1 earned run.
Timberline had their own defensive problems as 2 errors helped Prairie score their 5 first inning runs.Eric Daly rounds third on his way to scoring a run against Timberline.
It started with the first hitter as Eric Daly struck out on a pitch in the dirt but wound up at third base when the catcher threw the ball wide of first into right field. Kyle Holthaus walked and stole second. David Sigler then singled home both runners.
Ronnie Chandler singled to left, moving Sigler to third. He then stole second and a wild pitch scored Sigler and moved Chandler to third. Conner Rieman then grounded to third but reached first with Chandler scoring as the third baseman bobbled the ball. Rieman stole second and went to third on Seth Guyer’s groundout to Shot. Rieman then scored on Steven Baerlocher’s groundout.
Timberline got on the board against Eric Daly in the second inning with a single and a triple for their only earned run of the game.
In the bottom of the second Prairie sent 11 batters to the plate. Kyle Daly hit a bloop single to left and Eric Daly followed with a single to left. After an out, Sigler triple to the fence to score both Dalys. Chandler then singled home Sigler. Rieman forced Chandler at second but stole second, went to third on a wild pitch and then scored on another wild pitch on ball 4 as Guyer was walked. Guyer stole second and went to third on a wild pitch. Baerlocher walked and Guyer scored on Joe Schumacher’s double to left. Kyle Daly then had a great at bat as he fouled off 5 pitches after reaching strike 2. He finally swung at one in the dirt and missed but reached first on the play to load the bases. Eric Daly then appeared to hit a 2-run single but was called out for stepping out of the batter’s box to reach the soft tossing Timberline pitcher’s delivery. That ended the inning.
Timberline picked up a pair of unearned runs in the top of the third thanks to 3 errors. That was all they would get though as Eric Daly wound up tossing a 4-hitter with 6 strikeouts and 2 walks.
Meanwhile Prairie sent another 9 hitters to the plate in the third inning for 5 more runs. 
Holthaus was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and Sigler singled to left. A passed ball moved up the runners. Chandler, now hitting lefthanded, doubled to right field to score both runners. Rieman followed with a double of his own to score Chandler. He then stole third and then scored on a wild pitch. After an out Baerlocher was hit by a pitch and moved to second and third on pitches that got past the catcher. He scored when Kyle Daly’s grounder to third was mishandled for an error.
In the fourth Prairie plated 13 more runs as 18 hitters went to the plate.
Holthaus led things off with a triple to center. Sigler reached on an error at third with Holthaus having to hold on the play. Chandler then doubled to left to score both runners. Chandler was then put out on Rieman’s grounder to third but Guyer followed with an infield single and Baerlocher was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Joe Schumacher followed with his first ever triple and he hit the ball deep to right field.
Kyle Daly walked and after an out, Robert Nau singled home Schumacher. With 2 out, Sigler struck out on a pitch in the dirt but reached first to load the bases. Chandler was hit by a pitch to force in a run and Rieman emptied the bases with a double to left. Guyer was walked and Timberline then changed pitchers to try and get the final out of the inning. Baerlocher reached on an error to score Rieman and Schumacher singled in Guyer. Daly hit a fly ball to left that was dropped allowing Baerlocher to score and then Troy Lorentz, batting for the second time in the inning as a pinchhitter for Eric Daly, appeared to beat out a grounder to short but was called out at first to end the inning.
Eric Daly re-entered to pitch the final inning and blanked Timberline in the fifth despite a single and 2 errors.
Prairie wound up with 17 hits in the game with Chandler collecting 2 doubles and 2 singles and 5 RBI. Schumacher had a single, double and triple and 5 RBI. Sigler had a triple and 2 singles and 4 RBI. Rieman had 2 doubles and 5 RBI, Holthaus had a triple and Eric Daly, Guyer, Kyle Daly and Nau each had a single.
Timberline  0 1 2   0 0—  3   4 6
Prairie        5 5 5 13 x—28 17 6

Sigler 1-hits Genesee
David Sigler tossed a 1-hitter while the Prairie offense erupted for 12 runs combined in the third and fourth innings as the Pirates beat Genesee 13-1 in a second round District game at Juliaetta Monday, May 4.David Sigler walked the first two hitters but then settled down to toss a 1-hitter against Genesee.
The game was originally scheduled to be played Saturday but was postponed to Monday due to rain. With the win the Pirates advance to the District championship game against Kendrick Saturday, May 9 at noon at Juliaetta.
Sigler struggled early with control, walking the first two batters he faced and 3 of the first 5 but settled down and after the only hit he gave up scored Genesee’s only run, he settled down to retire the final 10 hitters he faced.
Sigler struck out 8 while allowing the 3 walks.
Meanwhile the offense also got off to a slow start as they scored just 1 run over the first 2 innings and left 3 men on base.
Prairie took the lead in the first inning when Kyle Holthaus reached on a 1-out walk. Sigler also walked and Ronnie Chandler came and while facing a 1-2 count just tried to stay alive by fouling off a pitch and wound up poking the ball over the third baseman down the left field line for a single with Holthaus scoring from second on the play.
Genesee tied the game in the top of the second and that’s where the score stood heading into the bottom of the third.
Holthaus led off the third with a double to center and Sigler followed with a ground rule double to right center that likely would’ve been a triple if the ball hadn’t bounced over the fence. Holthaus scored to put the Pirates ahead for good but they weren’t done in the inning by a long ways.
Chandler followed with a run scoring single to left. After an out Seth Guyer was walked on 4 pitches. Following another out, Joe Schumacher worked a walk to load the bases. Kyle Daly then walked to force in a run. Eric Daly and Holthaus each followed with 2 run singles to make it 8-1.
The Pirates also knocked Genesee starter Beau Dahmen out of the game in that inning as he was replaced by Jaymon Udy to start the next inning.
Udy didn’t do any better as the first 5 Pirate hitters in the fourth all reached base and scored.
Chandler was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and Conner Rieman followed with a single to right with Chandler advancing to third. A wild pitch moved Rieman to second but Chandler had to hold at third. Seth Guyer then singled to center to score both runners. Steven Baerlocher and Schumacher were both walked to load the bases.
Kyle Daly then struck out but the ball got away from the catcher. Daly was automatically out as first base was occupied with less than 2 outs but all the runners advanced as Guyer scored. After a second out, Holthaus had another 2-run single to left to score both Troy Lorentz, who pinchran for Baerlocher, and Schumacher and make it 13-1.
The Pirates wound up with 10 hits in the game led by Holthaus who had a double and 2 singles and 4 RBI. Kyle Holthaus went a long ways into left field to make this catch and then wound up tumbling over backward.
Chandler had 2 singles and 2 RBI while Sigler had a double and an RBI. Eric Daly and Guyer each had a single and 2 RBI while Rieman and Schumacher each had a single. Kyle Daly didn’t have a hit but did have an RBI.
The Pirates are now 19-2 on the season.
If they win Saturday’s game against Kendrick they would advance to state as the District champion. The loser of that game has to play again right away for the second seed to state.
Genesee 0 1 0 0 0—  1   1 0
Prairie     1 0 7 5 x—13 10 0

Prairie Baseball 2009
March 17th    Away   Timberline- Lewiston 4:30, postponed due to weather
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.   Beat Timberline 28-3, beat Genesee 13-1, to play Kendrick at noon May 9 for District Championship. Loser plays again at 2 p.m. for second place and a trip to state.
May 15th & 16th     State Tour.  Caldwell   TBA

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