inning does in Pirates in title game
One bad inning did in the Prairie baseball team in the District Championship game against Kendrick as they lost 7-12 Saturday, May 9 at Juliaetta.
Prairie got on the board first with a run in the second inning and 2 walks and a groundout. Conner Rieman walked with 1 out and Seth Guyer also walked. Rieman had moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on Steven Baerlocher’s grounder to second. The play went home and Prairie still had 2 runners on and only 1 out. A double play ball followed to end the inning.
Kendrick tied it in the bottom of the second with a single, wild pitch, balk and sacrifice fly.
Prairie took the lead back in the third with a 3-run rally. Eric Daly got Prairie’s first hit of the game on a single up the middle and Kyle Holthaus followed with another single. Daly was forced out at third but Ronnie Chandler beat out an infield hit with Holthaus scoring the go-ahead run. Rieman then doubled to right to score both baserunners for a 4-1 lead.
Kendrick changed pitchers to start the fourth but Joe Schumacher worked him for a walk to lead off the inning and Kyle Daly reached on an error when the third baseman bobbled his grounder. Holthaus then doubled to right to score both runners and give Prairie a 6-1 lead heading into the bottom of the fourth inning where they appeared headed to a District title and state tournament berth but everything fell apart in that inning.
In the fourth Holthaus hit Kendrick’s lead off batter then gave up consecutive singles to load the bases. A bases loaded walk scored one run and then a grounder to short brought in another run. On that play the throw went to third instead of second where it probably should’ve gone and not only did Kendrick score but there were still no outs. There was an error on an attempted forceout on the next play but Prairie still got an out when second baseman Seth Guyer threw out the Kendrick runner trying to score. Holthaus then hit the next two batters to force in another run as Kendrick pulled within a run at 6-5
At that point coach Pat Holthaus had Kyle Holthaus and catcher Conner Rieman trade places. Rieman, in only his third outing on the mound of the season, struggled as he hit the first two batters he faced to force in the tying and go-ahead runs. Another error brought home 2 more runs and all of a sudden Kendrick had a 6-9 lead with 8 runs scoring in the fourth on just 2 hits with 5 hit batsmen, a walk and 2 errors contributing to the scoring.
Rieman went back out to start the next inning although Eric Daly had warmed up while Prairie was hitting in the 5th. Two more errors, a walk, single and another hit batsman led to 3 more Kendrick runs before Daly was brought in to pitch. On the second pitch Daly threw he got a line drive back to him that he caught and turned into a double play by catching the baserunner off first.
After the rocky start to the fourth inning, Kendrick’s pitcher settled down and gave up only 4 baserunners in the final 3 innings.
Prairie managed to score in the top of the seventh as Ronnie Chandler led off with a double. After two outs were made, Baerlocher singled to right to score Chandler. Joe Schumacher then followed with a deep fly to center but it was caught for the game-ending out.
Prairie had managed 7 hits in the game with Holthaus having 3 of them on a double and 2 singles with 2 RBI. Chandler had a double and a single and an RBI. Rieman had a double and 2 RBI, Baerlocher had a single and 2 RBI and Eric Daly had a single.
Holthaus gave up 8 runs in 3 1/3 innings on 5 hits with 4 hit batsmen, 1 walk and 1 strikeout. Rieman gave up 4 runs in 1 innings on just 1 hit with 1 walk and 3 hit batsmen. Daly pitched 1 2/3 innings and gave up no hits and no walks with no strikeouts.
Prairie 0 1 3 2 0 0 1— 7 7 5
Kendrick 0 1 0 8 3 0 x—12 7 1
Genesee end Prairie's season
In a disappointing ending to what had been a great season the Prairie Pirates lost to Genesee 0-2 in the second place game at District Saturday, May 9 at Juliaetta.
David Sigler and Genesee’s Beau Dahmen hooked up in a rematch of their game from Monday, May 4, but this time the outcome was a lot different as Dahmen held the Pirates to only 1 infield hit while striking out 11.
Sigler gave up only 4 hits and struck out 9 but Genesee got to him for single runs in the fifth and sixth innings.
Sigler wasn’t as sharp as he had been Monday but battled the whole game and kept his team in the game. He got out of a bases loaded no out jam in the first inning after 2 walks and a bunt single had loaded the bases. He induced cleanup batter Tyler Souders to hit a comebacker to the mound for a pitcher to catcher to first double play then got a strikeout to end the inning.
Dahmen also had a rocky first inning as he walked 3 hitters but a double play also helped him get out of the inning unscathed.
Prairie didn’t get another baserunner until Sigler reached on an error to lead off the fourth. He made it as far as third after a wild pitch and groundout but that’s where he was when the inning ended.
Genesee got a leadoff walk in the fifth from leadoff hitter Jaymon Udy. He then stole second and went to third on a passed ball. He then scored on a groundout to second.
In the fifth Genesee added another run without benefit of a hit. After Sigler got the first two hitters out and error, 2 hit batsmen and a walk led to the second run.
Prairie meanwhile got only 2 baserunners on against Dahmen in the final 3 innings. Steven Baerlocher led off the fifth with Prairie’s only hit against Dahmen but never got off first base as the next three hitters were all put out.
In the sixth Ronnie Chandler drew a 2-out walk but that was it. Dahmen struck out 7 of the final 9 hitters he faced. The warm weather seemed to add a couple miles per hour to his fastball and was painting the corners as 3 of those final 7 strikeouts were called third strikes.
Sigler allowed 5 walks and had 3 hit batsmen in the game in addition to the 4 hits by Genesee.
With the loss Prairie ends the season at 19-4 as they lost as many games on May 9 as they had the rest of the season.
Genesee 0 0 0 0 1 1 0—2 4 1
Prairie 0 0 0 0 0 0 0—0 1 1
Football meeting is Monday
There will be a parent-player meeting for football next Monday, May 18 at Prairie High School.
The meeting will start at 6 p.m. and discussed will be football camp, football for next year and any other football related issues.
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. Beat Timberline 28-3, beat Genesee 13-1, lost to Kendrick 7-12, lost to Genesee 0-2.