Pirates start 3-0, 1-0 in league
The Prairie baseball team won their season opener 19-10 at Kamiah Thursday, March 18 in a game stopped in the top of the seventh due to darkness.
Prairie broke open a close game with a 2-out rally in the fifth inning as they scored 7 runs.Conner Rieman watches the flight of the ball after crushing it for a home run at Kamiah.
Prairie got on the board first with a pair of runs in the first inning.  Kyle Holthaus ripped a ball through the third baseman’s legs down the left field line for an error, stole second, stole third and scored on a wild pitch. With 2 outs David Sigler was hit by a pitch. He went to third on a single by Seth Guyer and the scored on another wild pitch to make it 2-0.
The Pirates added 3 more runs in the second. Shawn Seubert led off with a walk and Troy Lorentz followed with a single. Devin Schmidt doubled home Seubert and Holthaus singled to left to score both Lorentz and Schmidt.
Prairie pitcher Kyle Holthaus sailed through the first inning but ran into trouble in the second. He struck out the lead off hitter but a walk and 3 straight singles led to 2 runs. 2 errors, another walk and a single led to Kamiah taking the lead at 5-6.
Kamiah held the lead until the fourth inning when Prairie scored 3 runs. Holthaus hit a 1-out double and went to third on a wild pitch. Conner Rieman walked and stole second. Guyer singled up the middle to bring in both runners and then scored on Joe Schumacher’s single up the middle.
Holthaus meanwhile got out of a couple of jams in the third and fourth innings without allowing any more runs. Kamiah had runners on second and third with 1 out in the third but a strikeout and a groundout to short got Holthaus out of the inning. In the fourth, 2 singles and a walk loaded the bases with 2 outs but Holthaus got the next hitter to pop out to short.
In the fifth Kamiah changed pitchers and the new pitcher got two quick outs then things fell apart.
Schmidt singled to left and stole second. Then advanced to third and then scored on wild pitches. Holthaus walked and stole second and scored when Rieman hit a 2-run homer to the right of the scoreboard in left center. Quite often a homer like that will end a rally but Sigler was hit by a pitch, Guyer singled, Schumacher reached on an error, Silas Whitley walked and Justin Schmidt was hit by a pitch as Prairie added 4 more runs to make it 15-6. Lorentz beat out an infield hit but Justin Schmidt was thrown out at the plate trying to score as the inning ended.
Each team added 4 runs in the sixth and Prairie loaded the bases with just 1 out in the top of the seventh when the game was called.
Guyer had 3 hits and 3 RBI in the game while Holthaus and Devin Schmidt each had a double and single. Lorentz had 2 singles while Rieman had a homer, Sigler had a double and Schumacher had a single as Prairie pounded out 12 hits.
Kamiah had 9 hits but 8 of them were singles with 1 double.
Holthaus pitched into the fifth inning with Devin Schmidt coming on in the fifth and pitching the sixth.
Prairie   2 3 0 3 7 4—19 12 5
Kamiah 0 6 0 0 0 4—10   9 5
The Prairie Pirates did something they haven’t done since the 2008 season as they beat Kendrick 18-7 at Kendrick Friday, March 19.
The game was a non-league game as Kendrick has moved up to the 2-A division with the addition of some players from Deary.
Shortstop David Sigler throws to first in the Kendrick game as third baseman Devin Schmidt watches.Prairie scored in every inning except the 4th as they pounded on 5 different Kendrick pitchers.
Meanwhile Seth Guyer, in his first varsity start, survived a rocky first inning to go 4 innings and gave way to Devin Schmidt with a 12-7 lead. Schmidt pitched a scoreless 5th inning and David Sigler came on to pitch 2 scoreless innings.
Prairie scored 2 runs after 2 were out in the first to take the lead in the game. Kyle Holthaus doubled to left and stole third. Conner Rieman walked and then David Sigler grounded to third. Holthaus was put out in a rundown but Rieman wound up on third and Sigler on second on the play. 
A wild pitch scored Rieman and advanced Sigler to third. Another wild pitch scored Sigler. Meanwhile Guyer walked, and Joe Schumacher and Silas Whitley each singled to load the bases but Kendrick got out of the inning.
In the bottom of the first and error, two singles and a double led to 3 runs for Kendrick as the Tigers took the lead. Kendrick might’ve scored more but for one batter popping up on a 3-0 pitch and the Tigers giving away another out on a sacrifice after two straight hits. Those two outs allowed Guyer to escape  the inning with just 3 runs scored.
Prairie took back the lead in the second with another 2 out rally. Holthaus singled after there were 2 outs and Rieman walked. Sigler then doubled to the gap in left to score both runners and give Prairie a 4-3 lead.
In the bottom of the second Guyer got into a bases loaded, 2 out jam despite not allowing a hit but got out of it with a forceout at second.
Prairie added 3 more runs in the third. Schumacher reached on an error but tweaked a hamstring on the play. He came out for pinchrunner Beau Schlader but was able to return to the field in the bottom of the inning and played the rest of the game.
After an out, Troy Lorentz dropped a fly ball behind the right fielder. After another out, Devin Schmidt tripled over the right fielder to score both runners. He then scored on Holthaus’ single to left to make it 7-3.
In the bottom of the third Kendrick put together a couple of hit and with the help of an error and a successful double steal, scored 2 runs.
After shutting out Prairie in the fourth, the tigers tied the scored on 3 more hits plus an error.
Prairie took back the lead in the top of the fifth as their first 8 batters all reached base in the inning.
Whitley led off with a single but was forced at second by Lorentz. Justin Schmidt reached on an error and Devin Schmidt singled to load the bases. Kendrick changed pitchers and the new pitcher couldn’t find the strike zone as he proceeded to walk both Holthaus and Rieman to force in a pair of runs.
Sigler then worked to a 3-2 count and fouled off 3 pitches before grounding to short. Rieman was forced at second but Devin Schmidt scored on the play. Sigler then stole second and scored, along with Holthaus, on Guyer’s 2-run single up the middle.
In the bottom of the 5th Devin Schmidt relieved Guyer and got the side out in order.
Prairie added 3 more runs in the 6th. Whitley led off with a single, went to second on a wild pitch and to third on an errant pickoff try. Lorentz walked and Kendrick again changed pitchers. Justin Schmidt grounded out but scored Whitley. Devin Schmidt walked and Holthaus followed with a single to score Lorentz. Rieman walked and then Sigler grounded to third. The third baseman tried to get Devin Schmidt at home but the throw got past the catcher for an error.
Sigler came on to pitch in the 6th and gave up a hit but also struck out 3 batters to get out of the inning.
The Pirates added another 3 innings in the 7th.
Kendrick started the inning with another new pitcher and after an out he walked Lorentz, Justin Schmidt and Devin Schmidt to load the bases. Holthaus then picked up his 4th hit of the game, a 2-run single. A wild pitch advanced the runners to second and third and another wild pitch scored Devin Schmidt before Kendrick got out of the inning.
Sigler picked up another 3 strikeouts in the bottom of the 7th to finish off the game.
Prairie had 13 hits led by Holthaus who had 3 singles and a double. Whitley had 3 singles and Devin Schmidt had a single and a triple. Sigler had a double and Guyer, Schumacher and Lorentz each had a single.
Guyer gave up 7 runs on 8 hits in 4 innings with 2 strikeouts, 1 walk and 1 hit batsman. Schmidt pitched 1 inning giving up no hits and no runs with no strikeouts or walks. Sigler pitched 2 innings giving up 1 hit and no runs with 6 strikeouts.
Prairie      2 2 3 0 5 3 3—18 13 4
Kendrick 3 0 2 2 0 0 0—  7   9 5
The Prairie baseball team won their White Pine League opener 13-7 over C.V. at Kooskia Monday, March 22.
It was a ragged game that saw 14 errors committed, 9 by the Pirates who didn’t allow an earned run.
C.V. contributed 5 errors and also gave up 14 walks and a hit batter to allow Prairie to score 13 runs on just 7 hits.
The Pirates took the early lead as they scored 5 runs in the top of the first on 3 hits and 3 walks.
C.V. answered with a run in the bottom of the first then tied the score in the third thanks to 4 errors.
The Rams took the lead at 5-6 in the fourth inning as Prairie left the bases loaded without scoring in both the fourth and fifth innings.
Finally the Pirates broke through in the sixth with a 6-run outburst and added 2 more in the seventh.
Kyle Holthaus led the hitting attack with a double and single. Justin Schmidt hit a triple and Conner Rieman a double while Devin Schmidt, David Sigler and Joe Schumacher each had a single.
Starting pitcher Holthaus pitched the first 3 innings giving up 5 runs. He and catcher Rieman switched places in the fourth inning and Rieman fell behind in the fourth but picked up the win thanks to the Pirates late rally. The two pitchers combined to allow just 3 hits in the game, a double and 2 singles.
With the win Prairie improves to 3-0 on the season, 1-0 in league play.
Prairie 5 0 0 0 0 6 2—13 7 9
C.V.   1 0 4 1 0 1 0—  7 3 5
Kyle Holthaus slides into home with the first run of the game at Kamiah.
Silas Whitley is about to catch a fly ball for an out in the Kendrick game.
Kyle Holthaus gets back safely to first ahead of a pickoff throw.

Youth Sports signups are set
Cottonwood Youth Sports (CYS) invites a parent/guardian to sign up their children for the summer baseball/softball programs. 
Come to the Prairie Elementary School cafeteria at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 24 to sign up and pay the registration fee.
Cost per child has remained the same as last year at $15 for T-Ball, $20 for Rookie League, $30 for Girls Junior and Senior Softball and for Little League and $40 for Babe Ruth.
Each registration after March 31st will include a $5 late fee and April 15th will be the last day to register.
First-time Babe Ruth and Girls Senior Softball players need a COPY of their Birth Certificate.
The sign-up form has a section whey you can volunteer your special talents for: Coaching, Assistant Coaching, umpire, field work team phone-calling, or CYS Board of Directors. Your assigned date for mandatory concession duty can be waived for a fee of $10 per child.
You are welcome to bring any used equipment to donate, trade or sell. For more information call Frank Bruno at 962-5339 or Scot Schlader at 962-8699.

18-at Kamiah, 4 p.m., won 19-10
19-at Kendrick 4 p.m., won 18-7
22-at C.V., 4 p.m., won 13-7
25-at Orofino, 4:30 p.m.
1-at Genesee, 4:30 p.m.
13-Kamiah, here, 4 p.m.
15-at Lewis County, 4 p.m.
17-Troy, here, 2 league, 11 a.m.
23-Kendrick, here, 4 p.m.
24-Genesee, here, 11 a.m.
27-Lewis County, here, 4 p.m.
29-Timberline, here, 2 league, 3:30 p.m.
30-Orofino, here, 4 p.m.
6-C.V., here, 4 p.m.
7-at Potlatch, 2 league at LCSC, 4 p.m.
13-15-District at Kendrick
21-22-State at Kendrick

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