Lady Pirates win 5 of 7 games
The Prairie Lady Pirates had a busy week with 7 games this past week, winning 5 of them as they beat Genesee 16-1, lost to Orofino 2-6, swept Potlatch 18-0 and 13-3, split with Troy 8-14 and 9-5 and beat Grangeville 11-1.
They started the week’s action by dominating Genesee 16-1 in a league game Tuesday, April 17 at Lewiston.Tanna Schlader is about to catch a popup in the first Troy game as Leah Holthaus watches.
Prairie scored a run in the first, 4 in the 2nd and 7 in the third inning to build a 12-0 lead. Genesee pushed across their only run in the bottom of the third inning. 
Prairie then added 4 more in the 4th inning for the final 15-run margin.
Prairie pounded out 13 hits in the game led by Tanna Schlader who had a triple, double and single and Savanah Prigge who had 2 doubles and a single. Taylor Nuxoll had a double and a single while Megan Sigler had 2 singles. MeShel Rad, Leah Holthaus and Kelsey Tidwell added a single each.
Sigler meanwhile limited Genesee to just 4 hits continuing the dominance she showed over the Bulldogs last year when she pitched Prairie to 4 wins over Genesee.
Prairie    1 4 7 4 0—16 13 2
Genesee 0 0 1 0 0—  0   4 3
On Thursday they lost 2-6 to a tough Orofino team.
Each team had 10 hits in the game but Prairie committed 5 errors while Orofino had none and that was the difference.
In the first inning Orofino scored a run without benefit of a hit. The leadoff hitter was hit by a pitch as she attempted a bunt and it appeared she may have got hit by a pitch in the strike zone. The next hitter popped up to Tanna Schlader at second base. She may have been looking for the double play before she had the ball as she dropped it but the ball went right to Megan Sigler who forced the runner at second. After a second out Prairie should have got out of the inning on a ground ball but an error let the run score.
The score stayed at 0-1 until the fifth although Prairie had lots of baserunners but couldn’t get the key hit to bring them in.
In the top of the fifth a walk and a single were followed by a single to left that was misplayed leading to a pair of runs scoring although Taylor Nuxoll chased down the ball and threw to Leah Holthaus who threw to Mckenzie Rieman to nail the hitter as she tried to take third salvaging an out on the play. That saved what could have been another run as the next batter singled to right.
Prairie finally was able to push a pair of runs across in the bottom of the inning as Kelsey Tidwell led off with a bloop single that dropped a foot inside the foul line, just out of reach of the third baseman. After an out, Savanah Prigge doubled over the centerfielder’s head to score Tidwell. After a second out, MeShel Rad singled to right Taylor Nuxoll is about to make a catch in left field as rightfielder Kelsey Tidwell score Prigge and cut the lead to 2-3.
In the bottom of the 6th Prairie had an opportunity to tie or take the lead as Rieman led off bloop single to center and Monica Lustig followed with a bunt single. Nuxoll then hit a ground ball to first and the fielder opted to go for the lead run at third. The umpire called Rieman out on a very close play.
In the top of the 7th Orofino added 3 insurance runs as they put together 4 hits, combined with an error.
Prigge had a double and a single and an RBI in the game while Sigler and Rieman each had 2 singles. Rad had a single and an RBI and Schlader, Lustig and Tidwell each had a single.
Sigler allowed 10 hits while walking 2, hitting 1 and striking out 4. 4 of Orofino’s 6 runs were unearned.
Orofino 1 0 0 0 2 0 3—6 10 0
Prairie   0 0 0 0 2 0 0—2 10 5
On Friday, April 20 they swept a league doubleheader against Potlatch.
Megan Sigler tossed a 5-inning no-hitter in the opening game and if not for a walk would’ve had a perfect game. 
Mckenzie Rieman led a 14 hit attack with 3 singles. Leah Holthaus had a double and a single, Sigler and MeShel Rad had 2 singles each, Tanna Schlader had a home run and Savanah Prigge and Cheryl Gehring each had a single.
Prairie scored 2 runs in the second, 8 in the third, 6 in the fourth and 2 in the fifth to end the game on the 10-run mercy rule.
In the second game Holthaus allowed just 3 hits to the Loggers and 3 runs.
Prairie jumped on top with 4 runs in the first and 3 in the second. Potlatch scored 1 in the third and 2 in the fifth but Prairie put 5 runs on the board in the bottom of the fifth to end the game on the 10-run rule.
Prairie had 12 hits in the game with Prigge collecting 3 singles. Rad had a pair of doubles. Rieman, Monica Lustig and Ashley Cannon each had 2 singles and Taylor Nuxoll had a single.
Game 1
Prairie   0 2 8 6 2—18 14 0
Potlatch 0 0 0 0 0—  0   0 6
Game 2
Potlatch 0 0 1 0 2—  3   3 5
Prairie   4 3 1 0 5—13 12 4
On Saturday, April 21 Prairie split a league doubleheader with Troy losing the first game 8-14 and winning the second 9-5.
Prairie started well as Sigler led off with a double and Prigge and Schlader each followed with singles. That led to 3 runs but Prairie may have left some more runs out there due to baserunning problems. Rieman reached on an error and moved to third when Lustig also reached on an error. Rieman then got picked off at third in an attempted double steal as Lustig took second. Lustig then ran into a tag on Holthaus’ grounder to short to end the inning.
Troy scored twice in the second inning to cut the lead to 3-2.
Prairie added 2 runs in the third to increase the lead to 5-2 on 2 walks and 3 singles but a caught stealing and a forceout at home may have cost them a couple more runs.
In the bottom of the third Troy erupted for 5 runs on 3singles, a double and 3 walks.
When the first 3 Troy batters in the fourth all got on base, coach Jeff Martin changed pitchers. A squeeze bunt and an infield single helped Troy score 3 runs in the inning and take a 5-10 lead.Leah Holthaus had a busy game at shortstop against Grangeville handling 7 chances without an error. At left is Andrea Kaschmitter while at right Kelsey Tidwell looks to back up the play at first.
Troy changed pitchers to start the fourth and Prairie finally got to the new pitcher in the 5th when Schlader led off with an infield single. Rad followed with a single and Rieman reached on a fielder’s choice as Troy tried to get Schlader at the plate and failed. Rad wound up scoring from third when a pickoff throw went into left field with Rieman advancing to third on the play. Rieman then scored on a groundout by Lustig to cut the deficit to 8-10.
Troy answered back with 3 runs in the bottom of the fifth and 1 more in the 6th as they went on to win.
Sigler gave up 10 runs on 7 hits with 6 walks and 2 strikeouts in 3 plus innings. Holthaus gave up 4 runs on 5 hits with no walks and 1 strikeout.
Prairie had 10 hits, 8 of them singles. Prigge, Schlader and Rad had 2 singles each. Sigler and Holthaus each had a double. Rieman and Lustig each had a single.
In the second game Prairie again took a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Sigler again led off with a double and scored when Schlader reached on an error. Rad followed with a single and advanced to second as the throw went to third to try and catch Schlader. Rieman then singled up the middle to score both runners.
Troy started the second inning with a double and a triple and scored 2 runs.
Prairie answered with a pair of runs in the third. Rad led off with a single but was forced at second by Rieman. Holthaus walked and Nuxoll followed with a double to right that scored both Rieman and Holthaus to make it 5-2.
Troy came back with 3 runs in the fourth to tie it on a walk, double, single and a passed ball third strike.
Prairie took the lead right back though in the bottom of the inning as Prigge walked and a stolen base and 2 wild pitches allowed her to score the go-ahead run. Schlader wound up walking on 4 pitches and scored on Rad’s double down the left field line. She went to third on the throw home and then scored on an error to make it 8-5.
Holthaus was able to shut Troy down the rest of the way allowing only 1 base runner in the final 3 innings.
Prairie added another run in the bottom of the fifth. Ashley Cannon led off with a walk but pinch runner Andrea Kaschmitter was forced at second by Sigler. Sigler advanced to second on Prigge’s groundout then stole third. She scored on Schlader’s double to right center.
Prairie wound up with 8 hits in the game with Rad collecting a double and 2 singles. Sigler, Schlader and Nuxoll each had a double and Rieman and Holthaus each had a single.
Holthaus gave up 5 runs on 6 hits with 1 walk and 3 strikeouts.
Game 1
Prairie 3 0 2 0 3 0 0—  8 10 4
Troy    0 2 5 3 3 1 x—14 12 5
Game 2
Troy   0 2 0 3 0 0 0—5 6 2
Prairie 3 0 2 3 1 0 x—9 8 1
On Monday, April 23 Prairie won a non-league game against Grangeville 11-1 as Sigler allowed just 3 hits and a sixth inning run.
Prairie took the lead with a first inning run as Prigge drew a walk, stole second, went to third on a groundout and scored when Rad reached on an error.
In the third inning Prairie added 3 more runs. Sigler led off with a walk, stole second, stole third and scored on a wild pitch. Rieman was hit by a pitch then Rad collected Prairie’s first hit of the game, a double down the left field line that scored Rieman. Rad moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on an errant pickoff throw.
Grangeville didn’t collect their first hit until the third inning and only had 3 baserunners in the first 5 innings, two of those came via errors.
Prairie added another run in the fourth as Sigler reached on an error and Prigge scored her with a triple over the centerfielder’s head.
Prairie added 2 more in the fifth to take a 7-0 lead. They came without benefit of a hit as Lustig walked and Holthaus was hit by a pitch. A double steal moved the runners up and an errant pickoff throw attempt at Lustig at third went nearly to the left field fence allowing both runners to score.
In the sixth inning Grangeville got a leadoff double but a great relay from centerfielder Prigge to shortstop Holthaus to third baseman Rieman got her trying to stretch the double into a triple. 
Monica Lustig makes a running catch in left field against Grangeville.Sigler walked 2 of the next 3 hitters and a single over the third base bag allowed Grangeville to avoid the shutout.
Prairie was then able to end the game in the bottom of the sixth on the 10-run mercy rule without an out being made.
Sigler was hit by the first pitch of the inning and stole second. She scored on Prigge’s past short. Rieman walked and both runners scored on Rad’s double to the left field corner. A wild pitch moved the game ending run (Rad) to third. Lustig walked and Holthaus reached on a dropped popup to short to load the bases. Kendall Schumacher, seeing her first action of the season, singled up the middle to bring home Rad with the game-ending run. Lustig would’ve scored as well if need be.
Prairie had just 6 hits in the game as they took advantage of 9 walks, 3 hit batsmen and 5 errors by Grangeville. Rad had 2 doubles while Prigge had a triple and a single. Holthaus and Schumacher each had a single as well.
Sigler allowed 1 run on 3 hits with 2 walks and 5 strikeouts.
Prairie is now 6-1 in league play and 11-5 overall.
The JV played Grangeville and easily won 18-2 thanks in large part to the wildness of the Grangeville pitcher. Prairie had just 7 hits in the game but 8 hit batters, 7 walks, 3 errors and a whole bunch of wild pitches led to most of the runs.
They had 4 of their 7 hits in the first inning leading to 3 runs. They scored 7 runs in the second inning on just 1 hit. They added 4 runs in the third on just 1 hit and 4 more in the fourth on just 1 hit.
Sky Wilson had a pair of doubles. Ashley Cannon had a triple and a single. Holli Uhlorn had 2 singles and Jessica Kaschmitter had a single.
Holthaus pitched and allowed just 3 hits and no walks with 7 strikeouts. Both Grangeville runs were unearned.
Grangeville 0 0 0 0 0 1—  1 3 5
Prairie        1 0 3 1 2 4—11 6 2
JV Game
Grangeville 1 1 0 0 0—  2 3 3
Prairie        3 7 4 4 x—18 7 2
Leah Holthaus pitches in the second Troy game.
Megan Sigler makes a play at shortstop in the second Troy game.
Tanna Schlader slides into home as the throw goes over the catcher's head.

Prairie Softball 2012
  8—at Kendrick, (1+1), 4 p.m., lost 3-4
15—vs. Highland (@ Lewiston), 3:30 p.m., won 4-1
19—vs. Kellogg (@ Lewiston) (2), 3:30 p.m. won 15-10, 13-1
23—at New Plymouth (1), 2:00 MT, lost 5-7, won 6-4
24—at Centennial JV (2), 10 a.m., lost 13-14, won 13-3
26—at Orofino (1), 4:30 p.m., postponed due to weather, not rescheduled as of yet
10—Timberline, here, (1+1), 4 p.m., won 32-6
17—vs. Genesee (@Lewiston), 4:45 p.m. won 16-1
19—Orofino (1), here, 4:30 p.m., lost 2-6
20—vs. Potlatch at Lewiston (2), won 18-0, 13-3
21—vs. Troy (@Lewiston) (2), 11 a.m., lost 8-14, won 9-5
23—Grangeville (1+1), here, 4 p.m., won 11-1
24—at Timberline (1+1), 4 p.m., postponed due to rain
26—Highland, here, 4 p.m.
30—at Orofino, 4:30 p.m., rescheduled from 3/26
  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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