Lady Pirates 10-run Genesee
The Prairie Lady Pirates finally got back on the field after a series of rain postponements and beat Genesee 12-2 Monday, May 7 at Cottonwood.After taking a toss from Megan Sigler, right, at first for an out, first baseman Kendall Schumacher gets ready to throw home to complete a huge double play. Catcher MeShel Rad held on to the ball at the plate for the out despite a collision with the runner.
The win was their sixth straight over the Bulldogs with 5 of those wins being by 10 or more runs. It also clinched no worse than a share for the league title. If they beat Highland Tuesday they are outright league champions and go into the District  Tournament as the #1 seed. If they should lose to Highland they would share the league title with Troy.
Megan Sigler got Prairie off to a strong start by setting the Bulldogs down in order in the first inning and then leading off the bottom of the first with a triple to the fence in left center. She scored the first run of the game when the first pitch to Savanah Prigge went to the backstop.
Prigge wound up walking on 4 pitches. Tanna Schlader followed and quickly fell behind 0-2 but fouled off several pitches and wound up drawing a walk. MeShel Rad also walked to load the bases.
Mckenzie Rieman then hit a short fly ball that was caught by the shortstop just into the grass in short left field. Prairie coach Jeff Martin had Prigge tag up and sent her toward the plate. The throw home got away allowing Prigge to score and the runners wound up at second and third.
Monica Lustig drew a walk to reload the bases. After a second out, Leah Holthaus drew a walk to force home Schlader and make it 3-0.
Prairie added a run in the second inning when Sigler took a swing at a pitch she really didn’t want to swing at. The ball dribbled between the pitcher and first baseman and Sigler was able to beat it out for an infield hit. She stole second and scored on Prigge’s single to right.
Sigler ran into trouble in the third inning as she gave up a single and a double as Genesee scored their first run. An error and another single followed and Genesee had cut the lead to 4-2 with still nobody out.
The next hitter popped out to Holthaus at short and the next hitter did the same thing. Apparently the runner on second though that was the third out as she appeared headed for the dugout and Holthaus tossed to Schlader at second to complete an inning-ending double play.
Megan Sigler slides safely into second base with a stolen base as the throw comes in a little too high to catch her.Prairie got those 2 runs back and more in the third inning. Lustig reached on an error to lead off the inning and stole second. Holthaus dropped down a sacrifice bunt and beat it out for an infield single with Lustig going to third. Holthaus wound up making it all the way to second on the play as Genesee was more worried about keeping Lustig from scoring. With 2 outs, Sigler went to the plate and the first pitch to her was wild allowing Lustig to score and Holthaus to go to third. Sigler then singled to left to score Holthaus. Prigge singled to left with Sigler going to third and Prigge advancing to second on the throw to third. Schlader then blooped a single over the second baseman with Sigler and Prigge both scoring.
Rad walked and then a pair of wild pitches allowed Schlader to score and make it 9-2.
In the fourth Genesee started well again as Sigler walked the first hitter and the next one singled to right. She induced the next batter to hit a comebacker. Sigler looked the runner back at third and tossed to first for one out. First baseman Kendall Schumacher then threw home to nail the runner trying to score for a double play. The next hitter grounded out to short to end the threat.
Prairie added 3 more runs in the bottom of the 4th to set up a possible 10-run mercy rule finish. Schumacher led off with a single up the middle. Holthaus followed with a sacrifice bunt and wound up on first anyway when the first baseman dropped the throw as Schumacher advanced to third. On the error. Holthaus stole second and both runners scored on Taylor Nuxoll’s single to left. Nuxoll went to second on an error by the left fielder. She moved to third on a passed ball and scored on Prigge’s groundout to second.
Sigler got the side out in the top of the 5th to end the game on the 10-run mercy rule.
Sigler allowed 5 hits and 2 walks and 2 runs while striking out 3.
Prairie had 9 hits with Sigler picking up a triple and 2 singles. Prigge had a pair of singles while Schlader, Schumacher, Holthaus and Nuxoll each had a single.
With the win Prairie is 8-1 in league play (counting a forfeit from Timberline) and 13-5 overall.
Genesee 0 0 2 0 0—  2 5 5
Prairie    3 1 5 3 x—12 9 1
Leah Holthaus twice made it to first base on sacrifice bunt attempts against Genesee. The first time she beat it out for a hit and wound up on second. This time she reached first when the first baseman dropped the throw.
Savanah Prigge hits the dirt and was able to slide in under the tag and score on this play.
Megan Sigler winds for a pitch as first baseman Kendall Schumacher gets ready for a possible play.

Updated Softball Tournament information
The girls softball district tournament will start this Friday, May 11 at 4 p.m. at Airport Park in Lewiston.
The top 4 teams in the league standings will compete for 2 berths in the state tournament to be held at Caldwell May 18-19.
Prairie is the #1 seed and will play #4 Highland at 4 p.m. #2 Troy will play #3 Genesee at the same time.
The winners will play each other at 6 p.m. Friday with the winner of that game going to state as the #1 seed from our district. The losers will also play at 6 p.m.Friday. The winner of that game will play the loser of the other game at 10 a.m. Saturday at Sunset Park in Lewiston for the #2 seed to state.

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, rescheduled to May 4
26—Highland, here, 4 p.m., postponed due to rain, rescheduled to May 8
30—at Orofino, 4:30 p.m., rescheduled from 3/26- cancelled due to rain, will not be made up.
  3—Genesee, here, 4:30 p.m., postponed to May 7 at 5 p.m., won 12-2
  4at Timberline, 4 p.m., rained out, Timberline forfeited to Prairie rather than make it up
  7—at Grangeville, (1+1), 4 p.m.-cancelled so that league game against Genesee can be made up.
  8—Highland, here, 4 p.m., won 9-8 in 9 innings, details next week
11 &12—Districts (@Lewiston), Opening round at 4:00 p.m. Friday at Airport Park in Lewiston; 2nd round at 6 p.m.; 2nd place game at 10 a.m. at Sunset Park Saturday
18 & 19—State (@Caldwell), TBA
(1+1) means V & JV
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