Pirates start 2-0
LADY PIRATES WIN OPENER
The Prairie softball team won their season opener as they beat Kamiah 15-10 at Kamiah Tuesday, March 16.
Megan Sigler got things off to a good start for the Lady Pirates as she hit a home run to left center to lead off the first inning.
Amber Holthaus followed by reaching on an error and Haleigh Schmidt scored her with a triple down the line in left. After an out, Alena Hoene beat out an infield single that scored Kendal Schumacher who was courtesy running for Schmidt. Sammi Frei then hit a homer to right center, her first in 3 years of varsity play.
Prairie took a 5-0 lead into the bottom of the first but couldn’t hold it. Frei got 2 outs in the first 3 hitters then ran into trouble. She hit 2 batters and walked 2 others then gave up consecutive 2 RBI singles as Kamiah tied the score.
Prairie came right back and put another 5 runs on the board in the second inning. Sigler again led off and doubled to left. She went to third on a wild pitch as Holthaus walked. Schmidt then singled to left to score Sigler with Holthaus advancing to third. Hilaree VanderPas scored Holthaus with a sacrifice fly to center. Hoene singled home Schumacher, again running for Schmidt, then stole second. Frei reached on an error but Hoene had to hold second. Meaghan Bruner reached on an infield hit to load the bases. Savanah Prigge also reached on an infield hit with Hoene scoring. Tanna Schlader then picked up an RBI on a forceout as Savannah Moody scored. Moody was courtesy running for Frei.
In the bottom of the second Kamiah got a leadoff hit but Frei then struck out the next two batters. She again ran into 2-out trouble as a wild pitch scored a run then she walked and hit the next two batters. She got out of the inning with no further damage on a groundout.
In the third inning both sides were put out in order. Prigge in centerfield made a great running catch for the second out in the Kamiah half of the inning.
Prairie added a run in the fourth as Hoene led off with a single past the third baseman and stole second. Frei singled to center to score Hoene. Kamiah again went out in order in their half of the inning.
Sigler walked to lead off the fifth but was erased on a double play as Kamiah’s second baseman made a great catch on a line drive that appeared headed for at least a single and doubled Sigler off first.
Kamiah put together another 2-out rally in the bottom of the fifth to pull within 3 runs. Frei got the first two hitters out in order then gave up 2 walks and 2 singles before getting a strikeout to end the inning.
Prairie got those two runs back in the top of the sixth as VanderPas doubled over the centerfielder’s head to lead off the inning. Monica Lustig went in as a pinchrunner. Lustig scored on Hoene’s fourth single of the game, a shot over the second base bag into centerfield. Hoene eventually came around to score on Bruner’s groundout to short.
Kamiah answered back with a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth with a 1-out rally this time. An infield single and an error put 2 runners on and another single scored a run. After a strikeout Kamiah got another single that scored 1 run but Prairie nailed the next runner trying to score as Prigge fielded the ball, threw to Sigler at short with Sigler throwing out the runner at the plate as Schmidt applied the tag.
Prairie added a pair of insurance runs in the top of the 7th. Schlader led off with a double to right and Sigler scored her with a triple to right as the fielder couldn’t quite come up with what would’ve been a great catch. Sigler then scored on Schmidt’s sacrifice fly to center.
In the bottom of the inning Frei got two outs on 4 pitches then hit a batter. The game-ending out then came on a grounder to short as Sigler threw out the runner at second for the force.
Prairie had 15 hits in the game led by Hoene who had 4 singles. Sigler was a single short of a cycle as she had a double, triple and home run. Frei had a homer and a single, Schmidt had a double and triple and VanderPas had a single and a double. Schlader had a double and Bruner and Prigge each had a single.
Frei gave up 7 hits, all singles, while walking 5 and hitting 4 with 6 strikeouts. You’ll probably see more walks and hit batters this year as pitchers adjust to being moved back 3 feet from where they’ve pitched previously.
Prairie 5 5 0 1 0 2 2—15 15 1
Kamiah 5 1 0 0 2 2 0—10 7 2
FREI TOSSES NO-HITTER
Sammi Frei tossed a 5 inning no-hitter as the Prairie Lady Pirates won their White Pine League opener 12-0 at Lapwai Monday, March 22.
Prairie scored all the runs they needed when Megan Sigler opened the game with a leadoff home run. Her second in as many games. That apparently rattled Lapwai pitcher LaTisha Phillips who walked the next 7 Prairie hitters before being replaced.
Frei had 10 strikeouts in her no-hitter.
Prairie pounded out 12 hits with Hilaree VanderPas collecting 3 singles. Haleigh Schmidt had a homer and a double, Frei had a double and a triple, Sigler added a single to her home and Amber Holthaus and Sheri Schumacher each had a single.
With the win Prairie is 2-0 overall and 1-0 in league play.
Prairie 6 2 2 1 1—12 12 1
Lapwai 0 0 0 0 0— 0 0 1
PRAIRIE SOFTBALL 2010
22-at Lapwai, 4 p.m., won 12-0
25-Timberline, here 4 p.m.
26-at Orofino, 4:30 p.m.
17-Troy, here, 2 league, 11 a.m.
19-at Grangeville, 4 p.m.
20-Lapwai, here, 4 p.m.
22-Genesee, here, 4 p.m.
26-at Timberline, Frazier Park, 4:30 p.m.
27-Lewis County, here, 4 p.m.
29-Grangeville, here, 4 p.m.
4-at Genesee, Airport Park, Lewiston, 4:45 p.m.
6-Orofino, here, 4 p.m.
10-at Kendrick, 2 league, 4 p.m.
14-15-District at Cottonwood
21-22-State at Caldwell