Lady Pirates clinch league title
The Prairie Lady Pirates clinched first place in the White Pine League with a 19-9 win over Genesee Tuesday, May 3 at Cottonwood.Haleigh Schmidt rounds second as she heads for third with a triple.
Despite giving up 9 runs, Prairie was able to end the game on the 10-run mercy rule in the bottom of the fifth inning,
Pitchers on both sides struggled with walks on a cold, breezy afternoon.
Megan Sigler gave up a leadoff walk to Genesee and the runner came around to score to give the Bulldogs a 0-1 lead in the first inning.
Prairie was the beneficiary in the bottom of the inning of 6 walks though and with their 2 hits were able to plate 6 runs.
Sigler led off by taking a 4-pitch walk and stole second. After an out, Savanah Prigge walked and Haleigh Schmidt followed with a 2 run double to the fence in left field. 
Kendra Dinning and Leah Holthaus followed with walks with ball 4 on Holthaus’ walk getting past the catcher and allowing Schmidt to score.
After a second out Kendall Schumacher walked to load the bases and Monica Lustig walked to force home Dinning. Sigler then singled to left to score 2 runs and make it 6-1.
In the second inning Sigler gave up 2 walks and a single to load the bases with 2 outs but recorded a strikeout to get out of the inning.
Genesee changed pitchers in the second inning and the new pitcher put up zeroes in the second and third innings.
Genesee got to Sigler for 3 hits in the third inning and an error helped the Bulldogs score a pair of runs. Genesee added another run in the fourth to cut the lead to 6-4.
In the bottom of the fourth Prairie got Genesee’s second pitcher timed as Schmidt crushed a 1-out triple to the fence in left center. After Dinning walked, Holthaus hit a double down the left field line to score both runners.
After a second out, Schumacher singled home Holthaus and Lustig followed with a single up the middle.
Sigler singled up the middle to score Schumacher with Lustig moving to third. A wild pitch brought in Lustig and another wound up scoring Sigler to put Prairie up 12-4.
Prairie couldn’t stand prosperity though as 4 walks, a hit batter and 2 singles led to 5 runs for Genesee as they cut the lead to 12-9.
Prairie came right back though with a 7-spot to end the game.
Dinning and Holthaus both singled and Meaghan Bruner reached on a fielder’s choice with the third baseman dropping the throw to load the bases.
A sacrifice fly to center scored Dinning and Lustig walked to reload the bases.
Sigler hit a 2-run double and moved to third on the throw home. She then scored when Tanna Schlader reached on a passed ball on strike 3.
Prigge and Dinning both walked to load the bases with 2 outs and Holthaus lofted a fly ball to left center. The left fielder and centerfielder wound up colliding as both tried to make the catch giving Holthaus a 2-run double that ended the game. Both appeared to be shaken up, the left fielder more than the centerfielder, but all right.
Prairie pounded out 12 hits in the game with Sigler collecting 4 of them with a double and 3 singles.
Holthaus had 2 doubles and a single while Schmidt had a double and a triple and hit the ball hard 4 of her 5 at-bats. Dinning, Schumacher and Lustig each added a single.
Sigler gave up 9 runs on 7 hits with 9 walks, a hit batter and 5 strikeouts.
With the win Prairie improves to 14-4 on the season and 8-1 in league play. They will be the #1 seed in the District Tournament this weekend, which had been moved to Airport Park in Lewiston due to the weather outlook for Cottonwood.
Their first game will be at 5 p.m. against #4 seeded Highland. Genesee and Troy will play in the other first round game which will take place at the same time.
Genesee 1 0 2 1 5—  9   7 1
Prairie    6 0 0 6 7—19 12 1
Leah Holthaus connects for a game-ending 2-run double.
Coach Jeff Martin waves home Megan Sigler as he watches the play in the outfield on Haleigh Schmidt’s 2-run double.
Savanah Prigge slides into second well ahead of the tag with a stolen base.

Softball District set for Saturday at Lewiston
The District Softball Tournament has been moved to Lewiston’s Airport Park due to the weather outlook on the Prairie for this weekend.
The first round games will both start at 10 a.m. Saturday with #1 seeded Prairie taking on Potlatch and Genesee and Troy meeting up in the other game.
The second round games will take place at about noon.
The winner of the winner’s bracket game will qualify for state while the loser will take on the loser out winner at about 2 p.m. The winner of that game will be the #2 team to state.
State this year will be at Lewiston May 20-21.
Highland was the 4th place team in the league this year but opted out after losing one of their players earlier this week in a car accident.

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
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., won 20-0
23-vs. Colton, 4:30 p.m., won 9-7
24-vs Potlatch at Lewiston (2 games) 4:30 p.m., won 17-7, 14-2
5-Timberline, here, 4:30 p.m., postponed to April 26
7-Grangeville, here, 4 p.m., postponed
11-vs. Moscow at Lewiston (2 games) 4:30 p.m. lost 1-11, 4-17
12-vs. Genesee at Lewiston, 4:45 p.m., won 10-0
15-Kamiah, here, 4 p.m., won 13-3
16-vs. Troy at Lewiston (2 games) 11 a.m., lost 6-8, won 17-7
19-Highland, here, 4 p.m., postponed, rain and snow
21-Orofino, there, 4:30 p.m., lost 1-3
25-Grangeville, there, 4 p.m., postponed
26-Timberline, there, 4 p.m. (2 games), won 16-6, 19-1
29-Grangeville, here, won 17-2
3-Genesee, here 4:30 p.m., won 19-9
9-Highland, here, 4 p.m., cancelled
11-vs Colton at Lewiston, lost 1-7, 1-12, details next week
14-Districts at Lewiston, first game 10 a.m.
20-21-State at Lewiston
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