The Prairie baseball team spotted Nezperce a 6-run lead then came roaring back to nip them 9-8 in eight innings Tuesday, May 3 at Cottonwood.
Nezperce had a 2-8 lead after the top of the 5th inning but Prairie came back with 2 in the bottom of the fifth, 1 in the 6th and 3 in the seventh to send the game to extra innings.
8 errors contributed to Nezperce taking their big lead as Prairie pitching only gave up 2 hits in the contest.
Prairie meanwhile pounded out 12 hits with 5 Nezperce errors helping their cause.
Seth Guyer started for the Pirates and gave up 4 first inning runs before giving way to an injury in the second inning. Devin Schmidt took over and pitched until the fifth inning and Troy Lorentz took over in the 6th and blanked the Indians over the final three innings to allow Prairie to make their comeback.
Schmidt had 3 hits in the game while Guyer, Silas Whitley and Tyler Hankerson each had a double and a single. Lorentz, Garrett Schmidt and Shawn Seubert each added a single.
Nezperce 4 1 2 0 1 0 0 0—8 2 5
Prairie 2 0 0 0 2 1 3 1—9 12 8
Pirates sweep Huskies
The Prairie baseball team swept a league doubleheader from Highland Thursday, May 5, to keep their hopes alive for advancing to the district tournament. They won by scores of 20-1 and 20-6.
Silas Whitley tossed a 3-hitter in the opening game with a third inning double followed by an error leading to Highland’s only run.
The Pirates meanwhile scored in every inning but the first as they rolled over the Huskies.
Highland ace Kole Briggs struck out the side in the first inning but Prairie got to him for 7 runs on just 2 hits in the second inning. He was then pulled in the third inning and saved for the second game.
Garrett Schmidt started the second inning rally by drawing a walk and stealing second. Shawn Seubert was hit by a pitch and Tyler Hankerson double home Schmidt. Marcus Higgins then walked to load the bases. Casey Danly followed with a sacrifice fly to right to score Seubert.
Danly was starting in place of Robert Nau who had a motorcycle accident Wednesday after practice and is out for the rest of the season.
After a second out, Hankerson scored on a wild pitch. Lorentz was then hit by a pitch on what would’ve been ball 4 anyway. Seth Guyer then beat out an infield hit with Higgins scoring. Whitley then blooped a single into left to score 2 runs.
Garrett Schmidt then hit a ball to second that was booted for an error with Whitley scoring to make it 7-0.
Prairie added 4 more runs in the third thanks to 3 hits and 2 errors.
Tyler Hankerson led off by hitting a double down the line that the third baseman got a glove on but couldn’t stop.
After 2 outs, Devin Schmidt doubled to the fence in left to score Hankerson. Lorentz reached on an error to score Schmidt and Guyer reached on another error. Whitley then singled up the middle to score both runners.
Prairie added 6 more runs in the fourth on 4 hits and 2 more errors.
Seubert was hit by a pitch for the second time in the game to lead off the inning and moved to second on Hankerson’s groundout to third. Higgins then singled to right to score Seubert. Higgins stole second and moved to third on Danly’s groundout. Devin Schmidt then singled to center to score Higgins. Schmidt stole second and then scored on Lorentz’ single up the middle.
Guyer reached on an error by the shortstop and Whitley then tripled to left to score both runners. Whitley scored when Garrett Schmidt reached on an error.
In the top of the fifth Prairie started subbing with Mike Karel drawing a walk to lead off the inning. Higgins then walked and Danly doubled home both runners. After two outs were made, Danly scored on Guyer’s single up the middle hitting left-handed.
Prairie had 11 hits in the game with Whitley collecting a triple and 2 singles and 6 RBI. Devin Schmidt had a double and a single and 2 RBI. Hankerson had 2 doubles. Guyer had 2 singles. Danly had a double and 3 RBI while Lorentz added a single
Whitley walked 1, hit one and had 6 strikeouts.
In the second game Troy Lorentz started on the mound and had some control problems as he walked 3 hitters in the first inning and an error on a throw to first allowed 2 runs to score.
The Pirates quickly erased the deficit with a 13-run bottom of the first.
Prairie sent 18 batters to the plate and scored all those runs on just 6 hits.
Devin Schmidt led off with a double to left and then stole third. Lorentz was hit by a pitch and stole second. Guyer singled up the middle to score both runners and wound up at second when the centerfielder misplayed the ball for an error. Whitley followed with a 2-run homer over the fence in left.
Garrett Schmidt then reached on an error, Seubert was hit by a pitch for the third time in the doubleheader and Cody Schumacher reached on an error to load the bases. Karel drew a walk to force in a run and Devin Schmidt was hit by a pitch to force in another run. Lorentz then singled up the middle with the centerfielder misplaying the ball for a 2-base error as all three runners scored.
Guyer then popped up to first but the first baseman dropped the ball allowing Lorentz to score.
Whitley then doubled to left to complete his cycle for the doubleheader and score Guyer.
Garrett Schmidt singled up the middle to score Whitley and went to second on another centerfield error. He stole second and scored when Seubert reached on a passed ball on strike 3.
Highland got to Lorentz for 3 runs in the second inning on 3 more walks, a 2-run double and 2 errors.
Prairie picked up 2 more runs in the second, both after there were 2 outs. Guyer beat out an infield hit with 2 outs and Whitley tripled to left. Whitley came in to score when the throw back to the infield got away for an error.
Lorentz got through the third inning giving up just a walk.
Prairie added 3 runs in the bottom of the third on 2 hits and 2 errors. Clark Bruno reached on an error with 1 out and Devin Schmidt followed with a single. Lorentz reached on an error to load the bases. Guyer then unloaded them with a triple to the left field corner to make it 18-5.
Guyer went to the mound in the fourth inning and gave up a run on 2 hits then struck out the side in the fifth.
Prairie added 2 more runs in the bottom of the fourth even though Briggs had 4 strikeouts in the inning.
Schumacher led off the inning with a single to right. He advanced to third on a pair of passed ball. After two strikeouts, Devin Schmidt waved at strike three but reached when the ball got past the catcher. The catcher might have been able to get the out at first but was concerned about the runner at third. Lorentz then followed with a 2-run single to right.
Prairie had 13 hits in the second game with Whitley having a double, triple and homer and 5 RBI. Guyer had a triple and 3 singles and 5 RBU. Devin Schmidt had a double and a single and an RBI. Lorentz had 2 singles and 5 RBI. Garret Schmidt and Schumacher each had a single.
Lorentz pitched 3 innings and gave up 5 runs on 1 hits with 7 walks and 3 strikeouts. Guyer pitched 2 innings and gave up 1 run on 2 hits with no walks and 5 strikeouts.
With the wins Prairie improves to 4-9 on the season and 4-6 in league play.
Prairie 0 7 4 6 3—20 12 1
Highland 0 0 1 0 0— 1 3 7
Highland 2 3 0 1 0— 6 3 9
Prairie 13 2 3 2 x—20 13 4
Prairie Baseball 2011
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
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
5-Highland, here, (2 games) 4 p.m., won 20-1, 20-6
7-Genesee, here 11 a.m., cancelled
10-Timberline, there, 4 p.m., won 22-3, details next week
13-14-District at Lewiston-did not qualify for District, only top 4 teams compete