edge Genesee 1-0
David Sigler dominated on the mound, pitching a 1-hit shutout with 15 strikeouts and scored the only run of the game as Prairie edged Genesee 1-0 in a White Pine League contest at Genesee Tuesday, May 4.
Sigler had a no-hitter going through 6 innings as he didn’t allow a ball to be hit out of the infield and allowed just 4 baserunners total. Sigler allowed no walks and hit one batter. The other two baserunners came on an error followed by a forceout in the fourth inning.
Prairie meanwhile couldn’t get the clutch hit against Genesee’s Ryan Kneal as they left 6 runners on base through the first 5 innings.
The best threats were in the first inning when they had runners on second and third with just 1 out after a single by Kyle Holthaus and a double by Conner Rieman. A popup to third and a soft liner to second got Kneal out of the inning.
Prairie had runners on second and third with 2 outs in the second after Troy Lorentz walked and Justin Schmidt reached on an error. A strikeout ended that threat.
In the fifth Devin Schmidt lined a 1-out double to left and advanced to third on a passed ball but a comebacker to the mound and a fly out to left ended that threat.
In the sixth Sigler led off with a single to right and stole second. Seth Guyer then looped a single into short center field and when the centerfielder made a momentary bobble picking up the ball it allowed Sigler to come all the way from second and score.
Joe Schumacher then singled and Silas Whitley walked to load the bases with nobody out it appeared Prairie was headed for a big inning.
Lorentz though hit a slow roller back to the pitcher and although Guyer was off on contact the throw home beat him there for a forceout. Two strikeouts then ended the threat.
In the top of the seventh Sigler hit a 2-out single then got caught in a rundown for the third out. The worry was if the rundown sapped him of the energy he needed to finish off Genesee from the mound.
Genesee’s Garrett Jones led off the bottom of the seventh with a grounder to deep short. Holthaus’ throw wasn’t in time and after a bit of controversy about whether Jones had turned toward second or not with first baseman Joe Schumacher tagging him, Jones was deemed safe at first with Genesee’s first hit of the game.
Jones then stole second as Sigler was in the process of striking the next batter out. Sigler picked up another strikeout and then lost the grip on the ball for a wild pitch as Jones advanced to third.
With the tying run on third and big fluffy snowflakes falling all around him, Sigler was able to get a called strike three on the batter to end the game. 7 of his 15 strikeouts were called third strikes.
Prairie had 8 hits in the game. Rieman had a double and a single while Sigler had 2 singles. Devin Schmidt had a double and Holthaus, Guyer and Schumacher each had a single.
The win pretty much clinched at least second seed into district for the Pirates.
Prairie 0 0 0 0 0 1 0—1 8 1
Genesee 0 0 0 0 0 0 0—0 1 2
CV upsets Prairie
The Prairie baseball team lost their first league game of the year as they fell to Clearwater Valley 6-9 at Kooskia Thursday, May 6.
The game was scheduled for Cottonwood but moved to Kooskia due to field conditions.
C.V. scored twice in the first inning on 2 doubles and an error.
Prairie bounced back in the bottom of the inning with 2 runs of their own. Devin Schmidt beat out an infield hit and stole second.
After an out, Conner Rieman walk and David Sigler beat out an infield hit to load the bases. After a second out Joe Schumacher stepped up and crushed the ball to deep right center for a double. It would have scored 3 runs but the ball went under the bleachers for a ground rule double and Sigler was put back on third base.
Another out ended the inning with no more scoring.
Neither team scored in the second inning but C.V. had 5 straight hitters reach base and scored 3 runs in the top of the third to take a 2-5 lead.
Devin Schmidt moved to the mound for the fourth inning and gave up 3 straight singles and a run.
In the sixth C.V. scored 3 more runs on a hit batsman and a walk followed by a single and a double. The defense saved an additional run from scoring as Silas Whitley fielded a bases loaded 2 run double in right, threw to Sigler who threw to Holthaus to nail the runner going to third from first.
Prairie finally got back in the scoring column in the bottom of the sixth as Beau Schlader hit a 1-out double over the centerfielder’s head. He moved to third on a groundout and scored on a wild pitch. Silas Whitley and Troy Lorentz followed with singles but weren’t able to advance.
In the bottom of the seventh Prairie needed baserunners and started taking until they got a strike. This enabled Devin Schmidt and Kyle Holthaus to both walk. After a flyball out Rieman, Sigler grounded to short for what could’ve been a game-ending double play or at least a force at second but the second baseman dropped the throw as Schmidt scored. On the throw home Holthaus advanced to third and Sigler to second.
After another flyball out, Schumacher walked to load the bases. Whitley then doubled to left center to score both Holthaus and Sigler and bring the tying run to the plate.
Lorentz hit a deep fly ball but it was caught by the centerfielder to end the game.
Guyer had allowed 6 hits and 5 runs in 3 innings with 1 walk and 1 hit batsman. Schmidt allowed 4 runs on 6 hits with 2 hit batsmen and 1 walk.
Prairie managed 8 hits with Schmidt having a triple and a single, Whitley a double and single, Schumacher and Schlader a double each and Sigler and Lorentz a single each.
C.V. 2 0 3 1 0 3 0—9 12 2
Prairie 2 0 0 0 0 1 3—6 8 2
Prairie splits with Potlatch
The Prairie baseball team ended their regular season with a split of a doubleheader against Potlatch at Lewiston’s Harris Field Friday, May 7.
Prairie lost the first game 5-6 but came back to win the second game 5-1.
In the opener Prairie was the away team and scored a run in the top of the first but left the bases loaded. Kyle Holthaus hit a 1 out single to left and Conner Rieman followed by beating out a high chopper for an infield hit. David Sigler walked to load the bases. After an out Joe Schumacher reached on an error with Holthaus scoring. A groundout then ended the inning.
Potlatch tied the score in the second inning on a single, a bunt single and a sacrifice fly.
Prairie made it 2-1 in the third when Rieman beat out another high chopper for an infield hit, stole second, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on Seth Guyer’s groundout to second.
Potlatch tied it in the bottom of the inning on an error, walk and a single.
Potlatch appeared to take the lead in the fourth with a 2-out rally. They got a 2-out walk and then a single that moved the runner over to third. A balk was then called on Prairie pitcher Kyle Holthaus on a pickoff play. The runner would have scored but after a discussion between the two umpires and Prairie coach Pat Holthaus the call was reversed. Holthaus then struck out the next hitter to get out of the inning.
Potlatch finally got to Holthaus in the sixth inning with 2 bunt singles and a walk that loaded the bases with 1 out. A triple to the gap in right center scored all three runners to give the Loggers a 2-5 lead.
Prairie came back in the top of the seventh though with a 2-out rally to tie the score. Rieman walked with 1 out and stole second. He went to third on Sigler’s groundout to second for the second out. Guyer then singled down the first base line to score Rieman. Joe Schumacher was hit by a pitch and Silas Whitley beat out an infield hit to load the bases. Troy Lorentz singled to right to score Guyer and Justin Schmidt was hit by a pitch to force in the tying run.
Potlatch then changed pitchers and got out of the inning with a strikeout.
In the bottom of the seventh a tiring Holthaus wasn’t able to get an out as Potlatch loaded the bases on a double, bunt single and an intentional walk then brought in the winning run with a single.
Prairie had 9 hits in the game, all singles. Rieman had 3 singles and Lorentz had a pair of singles while Holthaus, Guyer, Schumacher and Whitley each had a single.
Holthaus gave up 11 hits while walking 5, 1 intentionally. He also hit 1 batter and had 3 strikeouts.
The second game didn’t start well as Potlatch’s leadoff hitter singled down the first base line and went to second on a wild pitch. Sigler struck out the next two hitters then should have got out of the inning unscathed but for an error that allowed the run to score. That was the only run Potlatch got as Sigler shut them out the rest of the way.
Potlatch’s best threat to score later in the game came in the fourth inning when they got a 1-out single with a wild pitch sending him to second. Sigler then got away with what appeared to be a balk that should’ve advanced the runner to third. That was big as one out later Potlatch got a bunt single that would’ve scored the runner if he had been on third rather than second.
Sigler gave up just 4 hits total and the 1 unearned run while striking out 12 and walking none.
The Prairie offense meanwhile tied the score in the bottom of the first. Holthaus was walked with one out and with 2 outs Sigler was hit by a pitch. Seth Guyer then singled up the middle to score Holthaus.
In the second Prairie took the lead for good with a 2-out rally.
Troy Lorentz walked with 1 out and after the second out was made Devin Schmidt singled up the middle. Holthaus then singled down the third base line to score Lorentz while Schmidt moved to third. Holthaus then stole second. Schmidt then came in to score on a botched pickoff play at third with Holthaus moving to third. Holthaus then scored on a balk to make it 4-1.
Prairie added another run in the third as Seth Guyer led off with an infield single. He went to second on a wild pitch. Schumacher was then hit by a pitch and a bad pickoff throw to first moved both runners up. Guyer scored on Lorentz’ groundout to second to make it 5-1.
Potlatch changed pitchers to start the fourth inning and Prairie only managed 1 single and 2 walks the rest of the way.
Prairie had 6 hits in the game, all singles. Devin Schmidt and Guyer had 2 singles each while Holthaus and Rieman each had a single.
With the split Prairie finishes the regular season at 9-4 overall and 6-2 in league play in actual games played. They also were credited with several forfeit wins in league, 2 from Timberline and 1 each from Troy and Lewis County for game that were postponed by weather and not made up.
Depending on the outcome of the Potlatch-Genesee game on Monday, Prairie will be either the #1 or #2 seed at District. They will be #1 if Genesee wins and Potlatch will be #1 if they beat Genesee.
Prairie 1 0 1 0 0 0 3—5 9 2
Potlatch 0 1 1 0 0 3 1—6 11 5
Potlatch 1 0 0 0 0 0 0—1 4 2
Prairie 1 3 1 0 0 0 x—5 6 1
District baseball tournament starts Friday
The 1-A District 2 baseball tournament starts Friday, May 14 at Lewiston's Clearwater Field.
Potlatch will play C.V. at 4:30 p.m. and Prairie will play Genesee at 6:30 p.m.
The losers of those games will play at 10 a.m. on Saturday while the winners will play for the District championship at noon.
The championship game loser will then play the 10 a.m. winner at 2 p.m. for the #2 seed to state.
All games are at Clearwater Field (turn left at the stoplight just before the crossing the Clearwater River into Lewiston-near the Stinker station)
State will be at Lewiston May 21-22.
Football Meeting set
Prairie High School will have a player-parent football meeting next Wednesday, May 19 at 6 p.m. at the high school cafeteria.
PRAIRIE BASEBALL 2010
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., lost 7-11
13-Kamiah, here, 4 p.m., postponed, wet field
15-at Lewis County, 4 p.m., won 15-0
17-Troy, here, 2 league, 11 a.m., postponed wet field
19-Troy here, 4 p.m., makeup of one of Saturday's postponed games, won 25-0
23-Kendrick, here, 4 p.m., won 19-9
24-Genesee, here, 11 a.m., won 5-2
27-Lewis County, there, 4 p.m., postponed, rain
29-Timberline, here, 2 league, 3:30 p.m., cancelled
30-Orofino, here, 4 p.m., lost 5-16
6-C.V., here, 4 p.m., lost 6-9
7-at Potlatch, 2 league at LCSC, 4 p.m., lost 5-6, won 5-1
1-15-District at Lewiston vs. Genesee at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 14, Clearwater Field, District continues on Saturday at 10, 12 and 2 p.m.
21-22-State at Lewiston