Lady Pirates edged in opener
The Prairie Lady Pirates opened their softball season with a non-league loss at Kendrick 3-4, Thursday, March 7.Savanah Prigge slides home with Prairie’s first run of the season, scoring from third on a groundout to first by Tanna Schlader.
It was the Lady Pirates first time outdoors this spring and that combined with a questionable strike zone by the plate umpire led to a struggle at the plate as Prairie managed just 2 hits in the game, a single each by Ashley Cannon and Megan Sigler.
Kendrick didn’t fare much better on offense with just 3 hits but 3 Prairie errors hurt the Pirates cause.
Prairie scored first when Savanah Prigge was hit by a pitch with 1 out in the first inning. She stole second and then stole third and scored on Tanna Schlader’s groundout to first.
Kendrick answered in the bottom of the first with a 1 out single and a stolen base. An error put a second runner on first with the runner on second having to hold. A wild pitch moved both runners up and a groundout to second scored the runner from third.
Kendrick took the lead in the bottom of the third on a 2-out double, steal of third and a wild pitch that brought the runner in.
Prairie tied the score in the top of the 6th as Schlader and Monica Lustig both walked to start the inning. After an out, Makenzie Rieman fought back from an 0-2 count to draw a walk and load the bases. Cannon hit a sacrifice fly to left that scored Schlader. Andrea Kaschmitter was hit by a pitch to reload the bases but the inning ended on a groundout to the pitcher.
Prairie took the lead in the top of the seventh when Sigler led off with a single up the middle and stole second. Prigge followed with a walk and a passed ball moved both runners run. Lustig walked to load the bases for Leah Holthaus. Holthaus hit the ball hard but unfortunately it was right at the pitcher for an out. Rieman walked to force home Sigler with the go-ahead run. Cannon followed and hit the ball hard to left but it was right at the fielder who caught it for the third out.
Sigler, who was pitching, had sailed through the previous 3 innings allowing just 2 walks while striking out 8. She ran into trouble quickly in the bottom of the seventh though. The leadoff hit slapped a hard ground ball to short that went right through the wickets into left field. The next batter grounded to third but Prigge couldn’t handle the throw at first, so now there were runners on first and third with nobody out. After a steal, runners were on second and third. A groundout to first scored the tying run and the game ended on a run-scoring single.
Sigler gave up just 3 hits and 4 runs while striking out 10 and walking 6. Only 1 of the 4 runs was earned.
Prairie received 11 free passes, 3 by way of hit batters, but couldn’t get the big hit when needed as they stranded 10 baserunners.
Prairie      1 0 0 0 0 1 1—3 2 3
Kendrick 1 0 1 0 0 0 2—4 3 0
Monica Lustig was able to get the bat on this high pitch and lay down a successful sacrifice bunt.
Makenzie Rieman slides into second with a stolen base.
Megan Sigler lets fly with a pitch in the Prairie softball season opener at Kendrick. At right is third baseman Makenzie Rieman.

Prairie girls basketball awards were given out Wednesday, Feb. 29. Back from left are Tyler Workman, coaches award; MeShel Rad, co-most valuable; MaKayla Schaeffer, Defensive Player/Miss Hustle Award; Taylor Heitman, Clutch Award; Shelby VonBargen, 6th Man Award; Tanna Schlader, Most Inspirational, and Leah Holthaus, Coaches Award. Front from left are Megan Sigler, co-Most Valuable; Beka Bruner, JV Most Improved; Callie Mader, Most Improved; Keely Schmidt, JV Most Valuable; and Kellie Heitman, JV Most Inspirational. Photo by Michelle Schaeffer.

Shown is the Girls South team at the all-star games Tuesday, March 6. Prairie’s Megan Sigler is front row far right. Summit’s Savanah Prigge is back row 4th from right with Prairie’s MaKayla Schaeffer third from right. Prairie coach Lori Mader, back row far right, got the chance to coach with her sister Tina Ulmer, back row, far left. Photo by Michelle Schaeffer.

Prairie Softball 2012
  8—at Kendrick, (1+1), 4 p.m., lost 3-4
13—at Kamiah (JV), 4 p.m.--Cancelled, Kamiah does not have a team this year.
15—vs. Highland (@ Lewiston), 3:30 p.m.
16—vs. Kellogg (@ Lewiston) (2), 3:30 p.m. Rescheduled to Monday March 19
17—vs. McCall,  Away/Home,  (Lewiston/Cottonwood) 12:00 Cancelled due to weather
19—vs. Kellogg (@ Lewiston) (2), 3:30 p.m. (rescheduled from March 16)
20—vs. Potlatch (@ Lewiston) (2), 5 p.m.
23—at New Plymouth (1), 2:00 MT
24—at Centennial JV (2), 10 a.m.
26—at Orofino (1), 4:30 p.m.
10—Timberline, here, (1+1), 4 p.m.
17-vs. Genesee (@Lewiston), 4:45 p.m. 
19—Orofino (1), here, 4:30 p.m.
20—Kamiah, here, (JV only),  4 p.m.--Cancelled, Kamiah does not have a team this year.
21—vs. Troy (@Lewiston) (2), 11 a.m.
23—Grangeville (1+1), here, 4 p.m.
24—at Timberline (1+1), 4 p.m.
26—Highland , here, 4 p.m.
  3—Genesee, here, 4:30 p.m.
  7—at Grangeville, (1+1), 4 p.m.
11 &12—Districts (@Lewiston), TBA
18 & 19—State (@Caldwell), TBA
(1+1) means V & JV
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