Lady Pirates open with 3 wins
Kendall Schumacher and Kendra Dinning each homered as the Prairie Lady Pirates opened their 2011 softball season with a 13-2 win at Orofino Friday, March 11.
Schumacher hit a grand slam homer that capped a 7-run first inning while Dinning clubbed a 3-run homer in the fourth inning.Kendall Schumacher celebrates as she crosses the plate after hitting a grand slam homer at Orofino.
Megan Sigler led off the game with a single up the middle and Tanna Schlader followed with a grounder that got through the shortstop for a 2-base error, scoring Sigler.
After an out, Haleigh Schmidt was hit by a pitch with MeShel Rad going in as a courtesy runner. Dinning singled home Schlader and Meaghan Bruner beat out a dribbler up the third base line for an infield single that loaded the bases.
Schumacher then stepped up to the plate for her first varsity at-bat as a starter and pounded a 1-2 pitch over the left fielder’s head. She circled the bases with all 3 baserunners scoring ahead of her.
That gave pitcher Megan Sigler, in her first varsity start since the state tournament opener when she was a freshman, all the runs she would need.
Sigler allowed a pair of baserunners in each of the first two innings but nobody scored.
In the third inning she appeared to get the leadoff hitter to fly out to center but an illegal pitch was called giving the hitter a second chance and she made the most of it with a triple. She later scored on a wild pitch.
Prairie answered that run with 3 runs in the top of the fourth for a 10-1 lead.
Savanah Prigge doubled to right and Schmidt walked, bringing up Dinning who hit her homer almost to the same spot as Schumacher had.
Orofino added another run in the bottom of the fourth as they scratched out 3 hits.
Prairie added a run in the sixth as Prigge led off with a single, advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on Schmidt’s single to right.
They added 2 more runs in the seventh as Sigler and Schlader hit back-to-back triples to right field. Schlader scored on Prigge’s groundout to short.
Prairie had 13 hits in the game with Prigge having 2 doubles and a single, Dinning a homer and a single, Sigler a triple and a single, Schumacher a homer, Schlader a triple and Schmidt, Bruner, Leah Schlader and Monica Lustig a single each as everyone in the lineup had at least 1 hit.
Dinning and Schumacher each had 4 RBI while Schlader had 2 RBI and Prigge, Schmidt and Holthaus 1 RBI each.
Sigler allowed 7 hits in the game and 2 runs while striking out 5 and walking 3. She appears to be throwing harder than she did in any of her JV outings last year and still has the nasty changeup that had one Orofino hitter completing her swing before the ball even got to the plate.
Prairie   7 0 0 3 0 1 2—13 13 1
Orofino 0 0 1 1 0 0 0—  0   7 1
The Lady Pirates improved to 3-0 on the season with a doubleheader sweep of Kellogg 12-6 and 10-1, Saturday, March 12 at Lewiston’s Airport Park.
Coach Jeff Martin tried to give pitcher Megan Sigler a break by starting freshman Leah Holthaus in the opener but the umpires didn’t like Holthaus’ delivery, calling 3 straight illegal pitches on her which moved the leadoff hitter, who had reached on an infield single, all the way around to score.
Megan Sigler slides into second with a stolen base against Kellogg.Martin made the change to Sigler on the third batter and a pickoff play at third by catcher Haleigh Schmidt to Kendra Dinning and a strikeout quickly put 2 outs on the board. A pair of walks and a 2-run single then made it 0-4 in Kellogg’s favor before Sigler got the final out on a popup.
Kellogg’s pitcher was wild as she walked leadoff hitter Sigler and hit both Tanna Schlader and Savanah Prigge to load the bases. She then walked Schmidt to force in the first run. After an out, Holthaus hit a 2-run single to right to cut the lead to 3-4.
Kellogg added another run in the top of the second on a 1-out double, stolen base and passed ball but Prairie came back to take the lead in the bottom of the second.
Sigler led off with a single and Schlader followed with a triple to left center. Schlader wound up scoring on the play as the throw to third got away for an error.
Prigge followed with a double, moved to third on a passed ball and then scored on an errant pickoff throw to give Prairie their first lead at 6-5.
Neither team scored in the third but Kellogg tied it in the fourth. Sigler quickly got two outs but a walk, error and hit batter loaded the bases and another walk forced home a run. She then got out of the inning as the next batter hit a dribbler in front of the plate and Schmidt was able to grab the ball and tag home plate for the forceout to end the inning.
Prairie answered back with 5 runs in the bottom of the fourth.
Schmidt singled to lead off the inning with MeShel Rad going in as a courtesy runner. Rad stole second and advanced to both third and home on passed balls. 
Dinning followed with a walk and advanced to both second and third on wild pitches. She then scored on Holthaus’ groundout to short.
Meaghan Bruner followed with a walk and after an out, Monica Lustig singled up the middle. Bruner and Lustig both scored on Sigler’s single up the middle. Sigler stole second then moved to third and scored on consecutive wild pitches to make it 11-6.
Sigler got out of the fifth inning unscathed and Prairie added a run in the bottom of the inning. Dinning hit a 1-out single but was forced out at second by Holthaus. Holthaus stole second, went to third on a passed ball and scored on a wild pitch to make it 12-6.
In the top of the 6th Sigler had her most economical inning so far as she needed just 5 pitches to get out of the inning. The first two hitters both grounded out swinging at the first pitch and the third batter grounded out on a 1-1 pitch.
The game ended at that point as there was some confusion as to which inning they were in.Tanna Schlader goes after a pop fly into short right field as Kendall Schumacher comes on to backup the play in the first Kellogg game.
Prairie had 8 hits with Sigler collecting 2 singles, Schlader a triple, Prigge a double and Schmidt, Dinning, Holthaus and Lustig a single each. Prairie benefited from 11 walks and 2 hit batters. Bruner wound up walking all 4 times she went to the plate. 
Holthaus had 3 RBI and Sigler had 2 RBI.
Sigler allowed just 2 hits and 5 runs with 5 strikeouts, 6 walks and a hit batter. Holthaus pitched to 2 hitters allowing 1 hit, 1 walk and 1 run.
In the second game Prairie scored 2 runs in the first inning and cruised to an easy win as Sigler gave up just 3 hits and 1 run while striking out 7 and walking 2 with 1 hit batsman in a dominating performance.
In the top of the first Sigler reached on an error but was thrown out trying to go to second on the play.
Schlader and Prigge both walked. Two passed balls moved the runners up with Schlader scoring. Schmidt then singled home Prigge to make it 2-0. Prairie wound up leaving the bases loaded.
In the bottom of the first Kellogg had a 2-out rally thanks to a hit batsman and 2 singles to score a run before Sigler could get out of the inning.
Prairie added 2 runs in the second on a single by Sigler and a double by Schlader which knocked in Sigler. Schlader went to third on a wild pitch and scored on Schmidt’s sacrifice fly to center.
The Pirates added 2 more in the third as Holthaus led off with a double down the left field line and Bruner followed with her 6th walk of the day. Kendall Schumacher then reached on an error with Holthaus scoring. Lustig then grounded to first with Bruner scoring to make it 6-1.
Prairie added another run in the fourth as Schmidt walked. Rad went in to run and scored when Holthaus dropped a flare into no man’s land behind shortstop for a single.
Meanwhile Sigler was sailing through the Kellogg batting order allowing only 1 baserunner total in the second, third and fourth innings.
After a scoreless fifth for the Pirates, Kellogg had a scoring threat. After 2 strikeouts made it 13 out of 14 outs, the Kellogg leadoff hitter drew a walk. She stole second and third and tried to score on a passed ball but Schmidt retrieved the ball and threw to Sigler who tagged the running coming in for the third out.
Sigler gave up a single in the 6th but that was Kellogg’s only other baserunner.
Prairie added 3 insurance runs in the top of the 6th. Prigge led off with a single and Schmidt followed with a single. Both runners advanced on a passed ball and then a wild pitch scored Prigge with Rad, running for Schmidt, going to third. Rad scored on Dinning’s groundout to short.
After a second out, Bruner got her first hit of the day on a pop fly behind third that the shortstop made a great attempt at but couldn’t come up with. Bruner wound up on second with a double and scored on Schumacher’s single.
Prairie had 9 hits in the game with Hotlhaus having a double and single, Schmidt 2 singles, Bruner and Schlader a double each, and Sigler, Prigge and Schumacher a single each. Schmidt and Schumacher had 2 RBI each while Schlader, Dinning, Holthaus and Lustig each had 1 RBI.
Prairie improves to 3-0 on the season with the wins.
Game 1
Kellogg    4 1 0 1 0 0—  6 3 2
Prairie      3 3 0 5 1 x—12 8 1
Game 2
Prairie   2 2 2 1 0 3 0—10 9 1
Kellogg 1 0 0 0 0 0 0—  1 3 4
Haleigh Schmidt catches a foul pop-up behind home plate in the Orofino game.
Kendra Dinning rounds third during her 3-run homer at Orofino.
Megan Sigler scores the first run of the season in the first inning agaisnt Orofino. At left is Savanah Prigge.
Tanna Schlader rounds second on a triple in the first Kellogg game.

Prairie Softball 2011
11-Orofino, there, 4:30 p.m., won 13-2
12-vs. Kellogg at Lewiston (2 games) 1 p.m. won 12-6, 10-1
15-Kamiah, there, 4 p.m., postponed due to weather
17-Kendrick, at Lewiston, JV only (2 games) 4 p.m.
19-at Lewiston JV Tournament: vs. Colton JV, 10 a.m; vs. Colton, noon; vs. Sandpoint, 2 p.m., cancelled
21-vs. Moscow at Lewiston (2 games) 4:30 p.m. postponed to April 11
22-vs. Highland at Lewiston, 4 p.m.
23-vs. Colton, 4:30 p.m., site to be determined
24-vs Potlatch at Lewiston (2 games) 4:30 p.m.
5-Timberline, here, 4:30 p.m.
7-Grangeville, here, 4 p.m.
11-vs. Moscow at Lewiston (2 games) 4:30 p.m.
12-vs. Genesee at Lewiston, 4:45 p.m.
15-Kamiah, here, 4 p.m.
16-vs. Troy at Lewiston (2 games) 11 a.m.
19-Highland, here, 4 p.m.
21-Orofino, here, 4:30 p.m.
25-Grangeville, there, 4 p.m.
26-Timberline, there, 4 p.m.
3-Genesee, here 4:30 p.m.
13-14-Districts at Cottonwood
20-21-State at Lewiston
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