Pirates beat Troy in semifinals
In her first outing since being injured in a vehicle accident, Sammi Frei tossed a 3 inning 1-hitter as Prairie knocked off Troy 16-1 to advance to the District Championship game Thursday, May 7 at Lewiston’s Airport Park.
Frei gave up a single and a walk in the first inning with a couple of errors contributing to Troy’s only run of the game.
The Pirates came back in the bottom of the first to score 3 runs and take the lead. Leora Laurino led off with a single to right and made it to second when the right fielder’s throw got away in the infield. She went to third on a wild pitch and scored when Amber Holthaus reached on an error.
Holthaus stole second, went to third on a groundout and scored on a wild pitch. Rachel Kaschmitter then doubled down the left field line and went to third when the left fielder’s throw got way. She scored on Megan Sigler’s groundout to short.
Prairie added 3 more runs in the second inning. Haleigh Schmidt reached on an error, advanced to second and then to third on wild pitches and scored on another error. Kednra Dinning walked and went to second on a groundout. She scored on Laurino’s single to right center. Laurino stole second and went to third on Holthaus’ infield single. She scored on Kara Guyer’s groundout to short to make it 6-1.
In the bottom of the third Prairie scored 10 runs to end the game on the 15-run mercy rule on just 4 hits with 3 walks, 3 physical errors and 1 mental error thrown in.
Kaschmitter started the inning by reaching when the Troy shortstop dropped a pop-up. Sigler walked and Alena Hoene singled to left to score Kaschmitter. A wild pitch mobbed the runners up to second and third leading to the mental error. Schmidt hit a grounder to the shortstop who, apparently thinking there was a force on threw to third where the third baseman tagged Sigler who was standing on the bag. All that resulted was that the bases were now loaded with still nobody out.
Next came a rare softball balk on Troy’s pitcher, who at just over 5 feet tall and maybe 100 lbs. was apparently disturbed in her windup by a gust of wind and came off the rubber toward the plate without throwing a pitch. After a discussion among the umpires as to what just happened, Sigler was sent home and the other two runners moved up.
Dinning then walked with a wild pitch on ball 4 allowing Hoene to score. Laurino doubled to right center to score Schmidt and Holthaus grounded out allowing Dinning to score.
Guyer reached on an error but Laurino had to hold at third on the play. Kaschmitter also reached on an error with Laurino scoring.
Sigler then hit a fly ball to left that on a normal day would’ve headed deep into the outfield but the gale-force wind blowing straight in from left knocked the ball down and it fell in for a double just behind the shortstop. Guyer scored on the play with Kaschmitter having to hold up in case the ball was caught and advancing only to third. Hoene walked to load the bases and Schmidt followed with a 2-run single.
Dinning then singled to center to score Hoene with the game-ending run.
Frei wound up with 6 strikeouts 2 walks. She allowed only 2 more baserunners after the first inning.
Prairie had 9 hits led by Laurino who had a double and 2 singles and 2 RBI. Sigler had a double and an RBI while Kaschmitter also had a double. Schmidt and Holthaus each had a single and 2 RBI while Hoene and Dinning each had a single and 1 RBI.
Troy 1 0 0— 1 1 8
Prairie 3 3 10—16 9 3
Lady Pirates lose to Genesee in title game
The Prairie Lady Pirates got plenty of baserunners in the District Championship game against Genesee but couldn’t get them to home plate as they fell 2-10 to the Bulldogs Friday, May 8 at Cottonwood.
In the first inning Leora Laurino led off with a walk and stole second. She advanced to third on a ground out but the inning ended with no score.
In the second inning Alena Hoene was hit by a pitch and Kendra Dinning walked but were also left on base.
In the third Amber Holthaus reached on an error and Kara Guyer was walked but neither was able to score.
By this point Prairie was down 0-4 as Genesee was able to get to Prairie pitcher Sammi Frei for runs in each of the first 3 innings.
A single, error and 2 wild pitches led to the first inning run. A double and a single led to a second inning run and a walk, triple and run scoring groundout led to 2 runs in the third.
Prairie finally got on the scoreboard in the fourth. Hoene led off with a single up the middle and Haleigh Schmidt followed with a triple to right field. After Dinning walked, Hilaree VanderPas, in her first at-bat of the season, grounded to second to score Schmidt. Laurino then walked and Amber Holthaus blooped a single to left to load the bases. It looked like Prairie might have a big inning but consecutive infield groundouts led to forceouts at home and the inning was over.
That was it for the Pirates as they wouldn’t get another runner past second base in the game.
Genesee meanwhile added 2 more in the fifth and knocked Frei out of the game in the sixth with a walk, hit batsman, triple and double that led to 4 more runs.
Frei wound up allowing 9 hits and 10 runs with 5 walks and 1 hit batsman in 5 plus innings. Megan Sigler came on to get the final three outs in the sixth while allowing a walk and a single.
Prairie managed just 4 hits against Genesee’s Cyd Blevins with Holthaus getting half of those on two singles. Schmidt had a triple and Hoene a single. Prairie wasn’t able to take advantage of the 6 walks and 2 hit batsmen they received.
Prairie 0 0 0 2 0 0 0— 2 4 1
Genesee 1 1 2 0 2 4 x—10 10 1
Lady Pirates clinch state berth
The Prairie Lady Pirates bounced back from their championship game loss to Genesee to beat Troy 12-2 in the second place game Friday, May 8 at Cottonwood.
The win puts them into the state tournament this weekend at Lewiston. They will play District 3 winner Greenleaf at noon on Friday, May 15, at Airport Park in Lewiston. Genesee will play Council, also at noon.
In the first inning Frei set down the Trojans in order but Prairie couldn’t score either despite a triple from Kara Guyer.
In the second inning Frei got 2 quick outs but then loaded the bases on a single and 2 walks but got out of the inning with a strikeout.
Megan Sigler led off the bottom of the second with a triple to right field and scored on Alena Hoene’s double to left. Meghan Bruner then managed and infield single to move Hoene to third. Hoene scored on a wild pitch with Bruner moving to second. Bruner scored when the Troy third baseman picked up a throwing error on Hilaree VanderPas grounder. Haleigh Schmidt followed with a double to the fence in left that scored VanderPas, despite her bad knee, all the way from first.
Troy finally got a pair of outs on an unusual double play. Leora Laurino struck out on a pitch in the dirt but was thrown out at first and Schmidt was then thrown out trying to score from third on the play. Prairie was able to add a couple more runs though as Amber Holthaus beat out an infield hit and Guyer was intentionally walked. Rachel Kaschmitter reached on an error with Holthaus scoring and Guyer scored on Sigler’s single to right center to make it 6-0.
Troy picked up a run in the third on 2 singles and a walk but Prairie got that run back in the bottom of the third. VanderPas walked with Kendra Dinning sent in to pinch run. Schmidt walked and then Laurino reached on an error with Dinning scoring.
Frei put Troy out in order in the fourth and Prairie came up with 4 runs in the bottom of the inning to take an 11-1 lead into the fifth. Guyer led off the inning with a homer to left and the next 4 hitters all reached base. Kaschmitter singled up the middle, Sigler walked and Hoene scored Kaschmitter with a double down the left field line. Bruner got another infield hit with Sigler scoring and Hoene going to third. VanderPas then grounded to short with Hoene scoring but Troy completed a double play as they caught Bruner trying to advance to third on the play.
If Troy didn’t score in the fifth the game would be over on the 10-run mercy rule but Frei hit the leadoff batter then had two wild pitches move her to third. A pickoff attempt then got past Sigler at third with the runner scoring. Frei then settled down and got the next three hitters out.
It took only 3 pitches in the bottom of the inning for Prairie to end the game. Laurino hit a pop fly double on the first pitch of the inning and went to third as the second pitch got past the catcher. Laurino then scored when Holthaus singled to left on the third pitch of the inning.
Prairie wound up with 13 hits in the game with Guyer having a homer and triple and an RBI. Hoene had 2 doubles and 2 RBI. Sigler had a triple and a single and an RBI. Holthaus and Bruner each had 2 singles and an RBI. Schmidt had a double and an RBI. Laurino had a double and Kaschmitter had a single. VanderPas had no hits but had an RBI.
Frei meanwhile gave up just 3 hits and 2 runs in 5 innings with 6 strikeouts, 3 walks and 1 hit batsman.
Prairie takes a 19-4 record into the state tournament.
Troy 0 0 1 0 1— 2 3 3
Prairie 0 6 1 4 1—12 13 1
Lady Pirates to play Greenleaf in state opener
The Prairie Lady Pirates will open up State Tournament play at noon on Friday, May 15, at Airport Park in Lewiston against Greenleaf.
Greenleaf was the District 3 champion.
District 3 runner-up Council will play Genesee, also at noon.
All four teams will play again at 3 p.m. with the winners playing each other in game 3 and the losers playing in game 4.
The winner of the losers bracket game will play the loser of the winners bracket game in game 5 at 10 a.m. on Saturday. The winner of that will play the game 3 winner at noon on Saturday. If the game 3 winner loses there will be a winner-take-all game played at 2 p.m.
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, won 11-0
May 2nd, 5th, & 7th District Tournament Cottonwood beat C.V. 20-1, beat Troy 16-1, lost to Genesee 2-10, beat Troy 12-2, 2nd place at District
May 15th & 16th State Tournament Lewiston Airport Park, noon and 3 p.m. Friday, May 15