Lady Pirates take second at State
In a cold rainy championship game that started in Caldwell and ended a day later in Lewiston, the Prairie Lady Pirates fell to Genesee 13-15 May 22 and 23.
Prairie hit much better in this game than they did in the first game against Genesee at State.Seniors Sam Spencer and Hilaree VanderPas accept the second place trophy from Travis Mader.
Megan Sigler led off the game with a double and scored when Amber Holthaus reached on an error. Haleigh Schmidt and Hilaree VanderPas followed with a single each and Alena Hoene reached on an error as Prairie scored 3 first inning runs.
Genesee answered back with 3 runs of their own on an error, a walk and 2 singles. They then took a 3-5 lead with 2 runs in the second on a double, single and walk.
VanderPas led off the third inning with a home run to ignite the offense. Hoene followed with a single and Sammi Frei walked Hoene was put out on the bases but Savanah Prigge’s fly ball to right was dropped. Tanna Schlader reached on a fielder’s choice to load the bases and Meaghan Bruner followed with a 2-run single. Sigler singled and Holthaus doubled to drive in another run. VanderPas reached on an error with Sigler scoring to make it 8-5.
Genesee cut the lead to 8-6 with a run in the bottom of the inning on a single and an error and to 8-7 with a run in the fourth on a hit batter and 2 singles.
Prairie added 4 runs in the fifth on 4 singles and an error to make it 12-7.
Sigler led off by reaching on an error. After an out, Schmidt knocked in Sigler with a single. VanderPas followed with a single and after a second out Frei hit a 2-run single. Prigge then knocked in Frei with a single to give Prairie a 5-run lead.
Frei got Genesee out in the bottom of the fifth.
Prairie fans at the game thought the game should’ve been called at that point as the rains had started coming down. They continued though and Prairie added a run in the top of the sixth for a 13-7 lead. Sigler walked with 1 out and scored on Schmidt’s single.
In the bottom of the inning it was raining even harder and Frei was having problems gripping the ball and wound up throwing 17 straight balls leading to 5 straight free passes walks which led to 3 Genesee runs scoring to cut the lead to 13-10 with nobody out. Coach Jeff Martin said he was working the umpires with every missed pitch trying to get the game called but the officials wouldn’t make the decision themselves, saying “we’ll check with the Genesee coach.”
Hilaree VanderPas catches a pop-up in the Lewiston portion of the championship game.With a runner on third and a 2-0 count to the next hitter the game was finally stopped and after waiting it out for over an hour it was decided to call the game and play the second title game at Lewiston on Sunday. In the interim they found out state rules don’t allow a game to be called in the middle of an inning so they had to complete that game first. It used to be you’d revert back to the end of the last full inning.
Picking it up on Sunday at Lewiston, Frei proceeded to walk the hitter that had the 2-0 count. A sacrifice fly to right scored the runner on third. A stolen base and wild pitch put the runner on third and she scored on a wild pitch on ball 4 to the next hitter to cut the lead to 1. A groundout moved the runner to second and another wild pitch on ball 4 to the next hitter put runners on 1st and third. A single tied the game and a hit batter loaded the bases.
Another wild pitch wound up scoring the go ahead run plus another as the ball got away at home.
Now down by 2 runs after an 8-run, 2-day rally by Genesee, a demoralized Prairie team came to bat in the top of the 7th.
Genesee pitcher Brooke Dahmen, who Prairie had got to for 12 of their 13 hits on Saturday, with a night to regroup and now with the lead, got through Prairie’s hitters with little trouble, giving up just a walk as Genesee clinched the state title.
The loss ends Prairie’s 3-year run as state champions but the seniors still can lay claim to a 90-11 record and 4 state championship game appearances in their 4 years. 7 of those 11 losses have come against Genesee.
VanderPas had a homer and 2 singles in the game while Sigler had a double and a single and 4 runs scored. Schmidt had 3 singles and Schlader had a pair of singles. Prigge had 2 singles while Holthaus had a double and Hoene, Frei and Bruner each had a single.
Frei allowed only 7 hits but walks, especially after the ball got too wet to grip, hurt.
Prairie ends the season with an 18-3 record with all 3 losses coming against Genesee.
Prairie    3 0 5 0 4 1 0—13 13 3
Genesee 3 2 1 1 0 8 x—15   7 5

Lady Pirates win State opener
The Prairie Lady Pirates had an off day at the plate as they had only 6 hits but still managed to beat Horseshoe Bend 6-2 in their state tournament opener Friday, May 21 at Caldwell.Sammi Frei pitches in the Horseshoe Bend game as Megan Sigler gets ready for a possible play at shortstop.
Pitcher Sammi Frei allowed just 4 baserunners by the Mustangs in the first 5 innings with only 1 getting past second base.
Meanwhile the Pirates gradually built a lead.
Amber Holthaus hit a 1-out double in the first and scored on a single by Hilaree VanderPas for a 1-0 lead in the first.
In the second inning Savanah Prigge led off with a single and scored when Meaghan Bruner reached on an error. She was able to advance to third on wild pitches and scored on Holthaus sacrifice fly to left to make it 3-0.
In the third VanderPas reached on an error and Kendal Schumacher went in to run. Schumacher wound up scoring on Frei’s groundout to short to make it 4-0.
There was no scoring in the fourth but in the fifth Holthaus led off with a walk, stole second, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored when VanderPas reached on an error.
Horseshoe Bend finally got on the scoreboard in the sixth and thanks 2 walks, 2 singles and an error that led to 2 runs.
Prairie added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth as Tanna Schlader led off with a single and then came around to score on Holthaus’ single.
Prairie had 6 hits in the game with Holthaus having a double, singles and 2 RBI.
VanderPas had a single and 2 RBI while Alena Hoene, Prigge and Schlader each had a single.
Frei allowed 3 hits while giving up 5 walks and 2 hit batters with 5 strikeouts.
Horse. Bend 0 0 0 0 0 2 0—2 3 3
Prairie           1 2 1 0 1 1 x—6 6 1

Lady Pirates lose in second round
The Prairie Lady Pirates committed 9 errors and managed just 6 hits as they lost to Genesee 2-9 in a winners’ bracket game at state Friday, May 21 at Caldwell.
Megan Sigler makes a throw from short.Genesee managed just 7 hits themselves but the errors were costly. Four of them came in Genesee’s 3 run second inning and 2 more in the 2 run sixth.
Prairie actually took the early lead in the game as Megan Sigler led off with a walk, moved up on Amber Holthaus single and scored on Haleigh Schmidt’s groundout to short.
Meanwhile Sammi Frei got through the bottom of the first unscathed as 3 straight groundouts got her out of the inning.
In the bottom of the second though things came unraveled. Three errors in the infield and a dropped fly ball in the outfield led to 3 runs without benefit of a hit.
In the third inning though Genesee showed they could earn their runs as they pounded out 4 hits to score 3 more runs and take a 1-6 lead.
They made it 1-7 with another run in the fourth.
Prairie finally plated another run in the fifth when Frei led off with a double and later scored on Genesee’s only error of the game.
Genesee added 2 more runs in the sixth on just 1 hit as Prairie had 2 more errors.
In the seventh Prairie tried to rally but a baserunning mistake on an infield fly cost them as they had 3 hits but couldn’t score.
It was the first time in 5 tries that Genesee had beaten Prairie in a state tournament game.
Frei had a double in the game for Prairie while Holthaus, Savanah Prigge, Tanna Schlader, Hilaree VanderPas and Meaghan Bruner each had a single.
Unlike the district championship game, Prairie could only work Genesee pitcher Brooke Dahmen for 4 walks. (She had 13 in the district title game).
Frei gave up 7 hits while walking 1 and striking out 1.
Prairie    1 0 0 0 1 0 0—2 5 9
Genesee 0 3 3 1 0 2 x—9 7 1

Prairie to play Horseshoe Bend in state opener
After collecting just 11 hits in the 2 games on Friday, the Prairie Lady Pirates woke up their bats as they pounded out 16 hits and scored 21 runs to beat Greenleaf 21-5 in a loser out game at State Saturday, May 22.
Sherry Holthaus, Theresa Schmidt and Verla Wilson tried to stay warm and dry during the Greenleaf game on Saturday.It took an inning for the Prairie bats to wake up though as Greenleaf’s pitcher struck out the side in the top of the first inning.
Prairie erupted for 16 runs in the second inning. 
Hilaree VanderPas started it off with a walk and Alena Hoene followed with a single. Sammi Frei doubled home both Kelsey Tidwell, who ran for VanderPas, and Hoene to tie the score. Savanah Prigge walked and Tanna Schlader singled in Frei. After an out, Megan Sigler singled home Prigge, Amber Holthaus singled to score Schlader and Haleigh Schmidt singled home Sigler. Holthaus scored on a wild pitch while VanderPas was drawing her second walk of the inning. Hoene then doubled to score Schmidt. After another out, Prigge drove in 2 runs with a single. Schlader was hit by a pitch and then Meaghan Bruner tripled to the fence to bring home 2 more runs. Sigler singled home Bruner and Holthaus doubled to core Sigler. Schmidt singled home Holthaus and VanderPas singled to score Schmidt.
Greenleaf then scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the second.
Prairie answered with 3 in the bottom of the inning. Prigge drew a 1-out walk and Bruner hit a 2-out single to drive in Prigge. Sigler hit a fly ball to center that was dropped and Holthaus hit a 2 run single. 
Greenleaf came up with 2 more runs in the bottom of the third.
In the fourth VanderPas reached base but the pinchrunner was then forced at second by Hoene. Frei walked and Prigge hit a 2-run triple to make it 21-4.
Prairie sent 3 pinchhitters to the plate in the top of the fifth and Greenleaf scored 1 run in the bottom of the inning after which the game was called on the 10-run mercy rule.
Holthaus had a double and 2 singles and 4 RBI for Prairie while Prigge had a triple and a single and 4 RBI. Bruner had a triple and a single and 3 RBI. Hoene had a double and a single and an RBI. Sigler and Schmidt each had 2 singles and 2 RBI. Frei had a double and 2 RBI. VanderPas and Schlader each had a single and an RBI.
Frei only gave up 1 hit and had no walks and 2 strikeouts. 7 more errors by the Pirates led to the Greenleaf runs.
Prairie      0 16 3 2 0—21 16 7
Greenleaf 0   2 2 0 1—  5   1 1
State Tournament photos at Caldwell taken by Lori Mader

16-at Kamiah 4 p.m., won 15-10
22-at Lapwai, 4 p.m., won 12-0
25-Timberline, here 4 p.m., postponed, rain
26-at Orofino, 4:30 p.m., postponed, rain
27-vs. McCall-Donelly (late schedule addition), won 20-4
13-Timberline here, rain makeup, won 17-0
15-vs. Potlatch at Lewiston, 2 league games, 4:30 p.m., won 17-0, 23-1
17-Troy, here, 2 league, 11 a.m., played April 19, won 10-4, 11-7
19-at Grangeville, 4 p.m., Cancelled to make up April 17 league games postponed by wet field
20-Lapwai, here, 4 p.m., won 16-0
23-Genesee, here, 4 p.m. lost 11-14
26-at Timberline, Frazier Park, 4:30 p.m., won 27-3
27-Lewis County, here, 4 p.m., postponed due to wet field
29-Grangeville, here, 4 p.m., cancelled, weather
3-at Lewis County, 4 p.m., postponed rain
4-at Genesee, Airport Park, Lewiston, 4:45 p.m., won 8-3
6-Orofino, here, 4 p.m., won 5-4
7-Lewis County (2) at Cottonwood, makeup games, won 15-4, 24-8
10-at Kendrick, 2 league, 4 p.m., cancelled, Kendrick dropped their team during the season.
14-15-District at Cottonwood, beat Lewis County 17-2, beat Genesee 10-9
21-22-State at Caldwell, beat Horsehoe Bend 6-2, Lost to Genesee 2-9, beat Greenleaf 21-5, lost to Genesee 13-15, 2nd at State
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