Pirates win 1 of 4
The Prairie baseball team picked up their first win of the season then followed it with 3 lopsided losses in action last week.
On Thursday, April 28 they beat Timberline 12-2 at Cottonwood for their first win of the season then lost a doubleheader to Potlatch on Friday, April 29 2-15 and 3-17 and to Genesee on Saturday, April 30, 0-11. The latter three games were all played at Harris Field in Lewiston.
Vs Timberline
In the game against Timberline Prairie took their first lead with a 5 run fourth inning and went on to end the game in the bottom of the 6th on the 10-run mercy rule as Silas Whitley’s 2-run homer ended it.Silas Whitley takes a second to watch the flight of the ball on what turned out to be a game-ending homer against Timberline.
Timberline scored a first inning run as a leadoff single, steal of third and wild pitch led to the run.
Prairie pitcher Robert Nau got out of further damage created by 3 walks and a hit batter with a pair of strikeouts and an out at home when another batter tried to score on a passed ball.
Prairie tied the game in the bottom of the first with a 2-out rally. Seth Guyer dropped a flare behind shortstop for a base hit and stole second. He went to third when Whitley reached first on a passed ball on strike 3. A balk was then called to score the run.
Timberline took the lead back in the second when a leadoff walk came around to score and the Spartans held a 2-1 lead until Prairie tied it in the bottom of the third.
Marcus Higgins led off with a walk and scored on Devin Schmidt’s double over the leftfielder’s head. Schmidt was thrown out trying to stretch that double into a triple and that might have cost a run as Troy Lorentz followed with an infield single.
Nau settled down on the mound to strike out 7 of the last 9 batters he faced and Whitley came on in relief to keep the Spartans scoreless the rest of the way.
Prairie finally took the lead in the fourth when Nau led off by reaching on an error. He was forced at second by Shawn Seubert but Seubert then advanced to third on an errant pickoff throw by the pitcher. Seubert scored when Tyler Hankerson reached on another error.
After a second out Prairie put together 4 straight hits. Devin Schmidt beat out an infield single and stole second and then third. Lorentz followed with another infield single and stole second. A throwing error by the catcher on a pickoff attempt allowed both runners to score.
Guyer then followed with an odd home run. He hit the ball to deep left center and the outfielder at first threw his hands up as if the ball went under the fence. But then he picked up the ball and threw it back in as Guyer circled the bases. The umpires huddled and determined once the fielder made the play it cancelled the ground rule double and awarded Guyer the homer.
Whitley followed with a bunt single but was then picked off to end the inning.
Prairie added another run in the fifth on a pair of errors by the third baseman.
Garrett Schmidt reached on an error, stole second, and then scored when Seubert reached on another error.
Prairie took an 8-2 lead into the bottom of the sixth needing 4 runs to end the game early.
Devin Schmidt led off and reached on a passed ball on strike 3. He stole second and scored on Lorentz’ single to left. When the ball got past the left fielder for an error, Lorentz moved to second. He scored on Guyer’s infield single.
That brought Whitley to the plate and he hit the ball deep to left where the ball bounded off the pipe at the top of the chain link outfield fence and went over for a game ending 2-run homer.
Nau pitched 4 innings allowing just 2 hits with 9 strikeouts, 4 walks and a hit batsman. His curve ball baffled the Timberline hitters as 4 of those 9 strikeouts were called third strikes. Whitley pitched the final 2 innings allowing 1 hit with 3 walks and 5 strikeouts.
Prairie had 10 hits led by Guyer who had a homer and 2 singles. Lorentz had 3 singles while Whitley had a homer and a single and Devin Schmidt had a double and a single.
Timberline 1 1 0 0 0 0—  2   3 9
Prairie       1 0 1 5 1 4—12 10 3
Vs Potlatch
The doubleheader against Potlatch was a beatdown by the White Pine League leaders as the Loggers scored in 10 of the 11 innings played while the Pirates could muster only 7 total hits in the two games.
Guyer started the opening game and gave up 11 runs in 5 innings with Marcus Higgins pitching the final inning and giving up 4 runs as the Loggers ended the game on the 10-run rule in the 6th.
Prairie was held scoreless for the first 4 innings and was able to extend the game 1 more inning with 2 runs in the bottom of the fifth.
Devin Schmidt, Guyer, Whitley and Garrett Schmidt each had a single in the game.
In the second game Prairie held the lead for half an inning as they scored in the top of the first but Potlatch touched up Prairie starter Devin Schmidt for 5 runs in the bottom of the first, 5 more in the second and 1 more in the third. Lorentz pitched the bottom of the fourth and gave up 6 runs.
Defensive errors aided the Logger cause as Prairie committed 5 errors in the first game and 7 more in the second.
In the second game Lorentz had 2 of Prairie’s 3 hits while Devin Schmidt had the other.
Game 1
Potlatch 2 2 1 6 0 4—15 17 1
Prairie   0 0 0 0 2 0—  2   4 5
Game 2
Prairie   1 0 0 1 0—  3   3 7
Potlatch 5 5 1 6 x—17 13 3
Vs Genesee
Against the Genesee Bulldogs Prairie was unable generate much offense as they got only 1 player as far as third bases as Genesee won 0-11 with the game ending after the top of the 5th on the 10-run mercy rule.
Prairie went down in order in the first inning then gave up 3 hits and a walk in the bottom of the inning as Genesee scored 3 runs.
Whitley singled to lead off the second inning and then Garrett Schmidt hit one that looked like it might be a hit but the Genesee shortstop made a great play on the ball and threw Schmidt out at first as Whitley advanced to second.
Seubert drew a 2-out walk to put runners on first and second but Hankerson grounded out to third as Whitley was forced out there.
Whitley started the game on the mound for the Pirates and was able to get through the bottom of the second unscathed.
In the third Prairie got a 1-out bunt single from Devin Schmidt and Guyer hit a 2-out single to right as Schmidt advanced to third but the rally died there as Whitley grounded out to third.
Whitley ran into big trouble in the bottom of the third as Genesee put together 5 singles and a walk and scored 5 runs.
The Bulldogs added 3 more runs in the fourth on 2 hits and 2 errors.
Prairie meanwhile got a 1 out single from Nau in the fourth and a 2 out single from Lorentz in the fifth but couldn’t score either one.
Prairie had 5 hits in the game, all singles, as Devin Schmidt, Lorentz, Guyer, Whitley and Nau had 1 hit each.
Whitley gave up 9 hits and 11 runs in 4 innings while walking 2, hitting 1 and striking out 4.
Prairie is now 1-9 on the season and 1-7 in league play.
Prairie     0 0 0 0 0—  0 5 4
Genesee  3 0 5 3 x—11 9 0
Robert Nau had the curveball working as he struck out 9 Timberline hitters in 4 innings.

Prairie Baseball 2011
15-vs. Troy at LCSC, (2 games) 4 p.m., postponed due to rain
18-C.V., there, 4 p.m., lost 10-12
19-McCall, here, cancelled
22-Kamiah, there, 4 p.m., postponed due to wet field
25-Grangeville, here, 4 p.m., postponed due to wet field
4-vs. Highland at Culdesac, 4 p.m., postponed due to wet field
8-Orofino, there, 4:30 p.m., lost 6-16
12-C.V., here, 4 p.m., lost 4-9
15-Grangeville, there, 4 p.m., lost 1-22
18-Nezperce, here, 4 p.m., lost 7-13
19-Kamiah, here, 4 p.m., lost 21-22
21-Genesee, there, 4:30 p.m., postponed to April 30 at noon at LCSC
26-Timberline, here, 4 p.m., WON 12-2
29-vs. Potlatch at LCSC (2 games) 4 p.m., lost 2-15, 3-17
30-vs Troy at LCSC (2 games), 10 a.m., postponed from 3/15--Cancelled. Troy cancelled the rest of their season due to injuries and lack of numbers.
30-vs. Genesee at LCSC, noon, postponed from April 21, lost 0-11
3-Nezperce, here, 4 p.m., won 9-8 in 8 innings, details next week
5-Highland, here, (2 games) 4 p.m.
7-Genesee, here 11 a.m.
10-Timberline, there, 4 p.m.
13-14-District at Lewiston
20-21-State at Caldwell

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