Lady Pirates go 4-0 at tournament
The Prairie Lady Pirates played at the Glenns Ferry Tournament Friday and Saturday, April 12-13.
On Friday afternoon they beat Gooding 6-1 and Marsing 3-1 with Leah Holthaus giving up just 3 hits and a run in each game.
Saturday they beat Soda Springs 7-2 and then had a strange finish against host Glenns Ferry. The games had an 80 minute time limit and the game was stopped in the top of the fifth inning just after Glenns Ferry had taken a 9-11 lead at exactly the 80 minute mark. Prairie coach Jeff Martin feels the score should have reverted back to the last full inning which would leave Prairie as 9-7 winners.
Gooding is a 3-A school with Marsing and Soda Springs in 2-A and Glenns Ferry is a 1-A but competes in 2-A in softball due to a cooperative with a couple other schools in the area.
Vs. Gooding
In the opening game against Gooding Prairie scored a run in the top of the first inning as Hailey Danly hit a 1-out double and scored on Taylor Nuxoll’s single.
Prairie added another run in the third when Danly hit a 1-out triple and scored on a sac fly by Tanna Schlader.
Prairie broke it open with a 4-run fourth with Leah Holthaus leading off with a single. She stole second and went to third on a throwing error then scored when Kendall Schumacher followed with a double. Ashley Cannon walked and Danly singled after there were 2 outs to load the bases. Schlader reached on a fielder’s choice with Schumacher scoring and Cannon and Danly scored when Nuxoll’s fly ball to center was dropped.
Holthaus meanwhile held Gooding scoreless until the 6th inning when a double and 2 singles were converted into a run. 
Holthaus gave up just 4 hits with 3 strikeouts and 1 walk.
Prairie had 10 hits led by Danly who had a triple, double and single and scored 3 runs. Nuxoll had 2 singles and an RBI. Schumacher had a double and 2 singles. Holthaus and Mackenzie Rieman each had a single.
Schlader didn’t have a hit but had 2 RBI.
Prairie    1 0 1 4 0 0 0—6 10 1
Gooding 0 0 0 0 0 1 0—1   4 2
Vs. Marsing
Martin felt that Marsing may have one of the best teams at the 2-A level in their league and Prairie had to scratch and claw to come away with the win.
Holthaus again had another outstanding pitching performance as she limited Marsing to just 1 run on 4 hits and held them scoreless until the 7th inning. Only 1 batter made it as far as third in the first 6 innings. Marsing’s lone run came as a result of an error, catcher’s interference and a groundout before Holthaus induced the third out on a comebacker as she threw to first to end the game.
Prairie was the home team in the game and scored in the bottom of the first to take the lead. Sky Wilson was hit by a pitch leading off and after an out, Schlader tripled her home.
After Schlader’s triple Prairie had just 1 baserunner over the next 16 batters, a walk to Kelsey Tidwell in the third inning.
In the bottom of the sixth Prairie got a couple of insurance runs when Danly hit a 1 out single and stole second. Danly scored on Schlader’s single and Schlader scored on Rieman’s single to make it 3-0.
Holthaus allowed 1 unearned run on 4 hits with 4 strikeouts and 1 walk.
Prairie had 4 hits with Schlader having a triple and a single and 2 RBI. Danly and Rieman each added a single with Rieman picking up the other RBI.
Marsing 0 0 0 0 0 0 1—1 4 0
Prairie    1 0 0 0 0 2 x—3 4 1
Vs. Soda Springs
On Saturday morning Prairie beat Soda Spring 7-2 on a game that ended after the top of the sixth inning due to the time limit.
Soda Springs scored first as their leadoff hitter reached on an error in the first inning and came around to score. Holthaus then proceeded to shut Soda Springs down until the top of the sixth inning when they pushed across a second run on a walk and a single.
By that time Prairie had taken a substantial lead.
The Pirates tied the score in the second inning when Rieman led off with a double, moved to third on Holthaus’ groundout and scored on Schumacher’s sacrifice fly to left.
Prairie put up 2 runs in the third to take the lead. Tidwell singled to lead off the inning, went to second on Wilson’s groundout and scored on Danly’s single. Danly then scored on Schlader’s single to make it 3-1.
In the fifth Prairie broke it open with 4 runs.
Wilson drew a 1-out walk then Danly singled. Schlader reached on an error with Wilson and Danly scoring and Nuxoll followed with a triple to score Schlader. Nuxoll eventually scored as well to make it 7-1.
Holthaus gave up 2 runs on just 1 hit with 7 strikeouts and 3 walks.
Prairie had 7 hits with Nuxoll collecting a single and a triple and an RBI while Danly had 2 singles and an RBI. Rieman had a double and Schlader and Tidwell each added a single.
Soda Springs 1 0 0 0 0 1—2 1 1
Prairie            0 1 2 0 4 x—7 7 0
Vs. Glenns Ferry
Prairie had to wait a couple hours after the Soda Springs game to play Glenns Ferry with nowhere to go but the bus to get out of the high winds that picked up during the day. Martin said the winds were gusting so bad it blew the Glenns Ferry pitcher off the rubber one time. He thought that should have been ruled an illegal pitch but the umpires ruled no pitch as it was “weather induced.”
The winds also created some fielding problems for Prairie as they committed 7 errors in the game after just 1 total in the first 3 games. 4 of those errors came in the top of the fifth when Glenns Ferry scored 4 runs before the game was stopped, with just 1 out in the inning, due to the time limit.
Prairie meanwhile didn’t get many hits off the Pilots’ pitcher but took advantage of 12 walks.
Wilson drew a walk in the bottom of the first and scored on a wild pitch to give Prairie a 1-0 lead.
Glenns Ferry took the lead with 2 runs in the second on a single and 2 errors.
Prairie answered back with 5 runs in the bottom of the 2nd. Holthaus led off with a single and after an out Cannon, Tidwell and Wilson all walked. Danly reached on a fielder’s choice where the baserunner beat the throw. Schlader walked to load the bases again and Nuxoll hit a 3-run double to make it 6-2.
Glenns Ferry added 2 runs in the third inning on a single, double and a walk.
They took back the lead with 3 runs in the top of the fourth on 3 singles and an error to make it 6-7.
In the bottom of the fourth Prairie put 3 runs on the board to retake the lead. The first six batters in the inning all walked. Most of the runs wound up scoring on wild pitches with the first out being recorded at the plate on an attempt to score. Schumacher had a sacrifice fly to center for the second out and Cannon walked to force in the final run.
Defensively Prairie fell apart in the top of the fifth as a hit batter and 4 errors allowed Glenns Ferry to retake the lead before the time limit stoppage.
Martin feels the game should count as a 9-7 win as they did not get a chance to bat in the fifth when Glenns Ferry took the lead.
Discounting the fifth inning Holthaus allowed 7 runs on 6 hits with 2 strikeouts and 2 walks. 2 of the runs were unearned.
Prairie managed just 3 hits with Nuxoll having the 3 run double while Schlader and Holthaus each added a single.
With the 4 wins Prairie’s record improves to 7-2 on the season.
Glenns Ferry 0 2 2 3—7 6 0
Prairie           1 5 0 3—9 3 3

Junior High girls at LCSC tournament
By Glenn Poxleitner
On April 13th, 9 junior high players went to LCSC to compete in the Warrior Club Volleyball Tournament.   This team which has been training under Cheyenne Hudson for the last 3 weeks, put on a great performance as they won all but one game to claim the championship. 
Mental toughness was the name of the game in the championship match as they played a team of 9th and 10th graders.  The first game went to the Warrior team 20 to 25.  The second game saw Prairie getting feisty winning 25 to 15.  The deciding 15 point game was a crazy one of momentum shifts.  The warriors took a commanding lead of 6 to 0.   After a time out our girls played some of the best team ball of the tourney to close the gap to 7 to 6.  The warrior team grabbed a couple points to extend the lead back to 10 to 7.  After another time out the girls would not be denied, rattling off 8 points to take the win.   Leading an inspired effort at the net were Ally Hale, Kori Pentzer and Mykaela McWilliams.   Digging and hitting from the outside were Britney Bianchi, Darlene Gehring and Samantha Remacle.  With beautiful sets and smart leadership in the passing game, Kylie Tidwell and Chaye Uptmor.  And closing out the final game with 6 big serves, Nicole Poxleitner.   All of them were amazing, On the floor, diving, digging spiking and just having a fun time.  It was a pleasure for Chris Uptmor and I to Coach you at the tournament.  Great job of team ball.

The Prairie Junior High Volleyball team. Photo provided by Glenn Poxleitner.

6th grade girls at tournament
By Glenn Poxleitner
Prairie 6th graders took a team to the LCSC warrior tournament on April 13th. 
This being their first experience with Volleyball, they did an amazing job.  Competing against teams that were as much as two to three years older then they are. 
With the coaching of Cheyenne Hudson leading up to the tournament and the Game day coaching of Tammie Pecarovich and past coaching by Bobbi Tidwell, these girls came with in two points of winning the lower bracket of the tournament. 
Members of the team were, Maddy Hinkelman, Maria Schmidt, Mattie Pecarovich, Ellea Poxleitner, Jordan Higgins, Kodi Tidwell, Emma Gehring, Hope McIntire, Kendra Duclos.   Watch for these outstanding young volleyball players next year in the 7th grade. 

The 6th grade volleyball team. Photo provided by Glenn Poxleitner.

Prairie Softball 2013
12-C.V., there, 4 p.m. (1+1), won 22-0
16-vs. Kellogg (2) (@ Lewiston) Airport #2), 12 noon, lost 2-5, won 7-6
19-Orofino, there, 4 p.m., won 10-2
22-vs. Genesee (@Lewiston), 5 p.m., lost 2-9
12 & 13-at Glenns Ferry Tournament, TBA, beat Gooding 6-1, beat Marsing 3-1, beat Soda Springs 7-2, beat Glenns Ferry 9-7
16-CV, here, 4 p.m. (1+1), won 27-0, details next week
18-Troy, there, 4 p.m. (1+1)
19-Lewiston JV, there, 4 p.m. (2)
25-Potlatch (@Lewiston) Airport #2, 4:30 p.m. (2)
26-Genesee, here, 5 p.m.
29-Orofino, here, 4 p.m. (1+1)
  2-Troy, here, 4 p.m. (1+1)
  9 & 10-Districts (@Lewiston), TBA
17 & 18-State (@Lewiston), TBA
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