Lady Pirates win twice
The Prairie Lady Pirates picked up a pair of White Pine League wins this past week.
On Tuesday, April 16, they played their first home game of the season and defeated Clearwater Valley 27-0 in a game called after 2½ innings on the 15-run mercy rule. On Thursday, April 18 they held on to beat Troy 10-8 in a game moved to Cottonwood due to a flooded field at Troy.Kendall Schumacher trots around the bases after an over-the-fence homer against C.V., the first at Prairie’s field in at least a couple of years.
Friday, April 19 they were to play the Lewiston JV at Lewiston but that game was postponed to Monday, May 6 due to rain.
Vs. CV
In the game against C.V. Prairie pitcher Leah Holthaus was one out away from a perfect game when C.V. got a bloop hit down the right field line. The Rams followed that up with 2 more singles but were unable to score. One found the hole between third and shortstop and the final hit resulted from the batted ball hitting the runner heading for second from first base. In that case the runner is out and the batter is awarded a single.
Holthaus wound up with 6 strikeouts and no walks.
On the offensive side Prairie sent 24 hitters to the plate in the first inning and scored 18 runs on just 4 hits.
The first 3 batters all walked and worked their way around the bases and scored on steals, passed balls and wild pitches. Cleanup hitter Taylor Nuxoll appeared to ground into the first out but the first baseman dropped the throw for an error. There were 5 more walks before contact was made again when Sky Wilson hit a looper into short center. Kelsey Tidwell, the runner on first, had to hold to make sure the ball wasn’t caught and then wound up getting forced out at second as 2 runs scored. Hailey Danly was hit by a pitch and then Tanna Schlader got Prairie’s first hit of the game as she clubbed an inside-the-park home run over the centerfielder’s head.
Nuxoll followed with a triple and Mackenzie Rieman walked. A wild pitch scored Nuxoll. A walk and a hit batsman followed with another wild pitch moving the runners up. Ashley Cannon reached on a dropped third strike and Tidwell looped a single into short right. A walk to Wilson forced in a run and Danly picked up an RBI on a forceout. Schlader had an infield single with an error on the play allowing another run to score. Nuxoll walked to reload the bases and Rieman was hit by a pitch to force in the 18th run.
C.V. changed pitchers for the second inning and Kendall Schumacher knocked her first pitch over the fence in left field. The first over the fence home run at Prairie’s field in a couple of years.
Prairie went on to score 9 more runs in the inning with a 2-run single each by Schlader and Cannon being the only other hits as there were 3 hit batters and 5 walks.
Schlader wound up with 3 of Prairie’s 7 hits on a homer and 2 singles with 5 RBI. Schumacher had a homer and 2 RBI while Nuxoll had a triple, Cannon had a single and 3 RBI and Tidwell had a single and 2 RBI.
C.V.     0 0 0—  0 3 1
Prairie 18 9 x—27 7 0
Vs. Troy
In the game against Troy the Trojans picked up a run in the first inning as Holthaus had some trouble figuring out the umpires strike zone, allowing a leadoff single and 3 walks.
Leah Holthaus looks to slap-hit the ball and beat out an infield hit.An inning ending double play where Cannon made a great running catch on a fly ball in short right and then threw to third to double off a runner who had nearly crossed the plate allowed Holthaus to escape with just 1 run allowed.
She settled down and allowed just 2 singles over the next 3 innings.
Meanwhile Prairie took the lead with 2 runs in the second inning. Rieman led off by reaching on an error and Holthaus followed with a bunt where the pitcher, 2nd baseman and 1st baseman converged on the ball leaving no one to cover the bag. Schumacher grounded to short to force Holthaus at 2nd as Rieman advanced to third. Tidwell then dropped a flare behind shortstop for a base hit that scored Rieman with Schumacher advancing to third. Tidwell then attempted to steal second but stopped when the throw went to second and got in a rundown long enough for Schumacher to score from third before the out was recorded.
Prairie added 2 more in the second as Wilson led off with a single and took second when the left fielder misplayed the ball. Danly beat out an infield single as Wilson went to third. Schlader followed with a single up the middle as Wilson scored and Danly went to third. Danly then scored on Nuxoll’s groundout to second to make it 4-1.
Prairie had a big inning in the fourth as Schumacher led off with a triple. Cannon then hit a fly ball to center but Schumacher may not have scored even if she had tagged up. Tidwell followed with an infield grounder and the fielder first looked to hold Schumacher at third and was unable to get the out at first. With the same situation and baserunners that Prairie used to steal a run earlier, this time on Tidwell’s steal attempt the catcher held the ball to keep Schumacher at third and allowed the stolen base. Wilson followed with a groundout but neither runner advanced. Schumacher was finally able to score on Danly’s single up the middle. Schlader then followed with a 2-run triple to the left field corner.
Schlader scored on Nuxoll’s single up the middle. After stealing second and going to third on a wild pitch, Nuxoll scored when Rieman reached on an error. That made the score a seemingly safe 9-1 in Prairie’s favor.
In the top of the fifth inning though the previously stout Prairie defense started to leak water as 3 errors, 2 doubles and 2 walks led to a 6-run uprising by Troy that cut the deficit to 9-7.
Prairie looked to respond as Schumacher led off the bottom of the inning with a double but was stranded at third.
Troy added another run in the top of the sixth on a 2-out single followed by a hit batsman and a single. Holthaus induced a pop-up to end the inning leaving the bases loaded.
Danly led off the bottom of the sixth with a triple and scored on Schlader’s single up the middle to give Prairie a 2-run margin.
Holthaus then got the side in order in the top of the 7th to end the game, with the final out being a called third strike.
Holthaus gave up 8 runs, only 4 of them earned on 7 hits with 6 walks a hit batsman and 3 strikeouts.
Prairie pounded out 13 hits led by Schlader who had a triple and 2 singles and 4 RBI. Danly also had a triple and 2 single with 1 RBI. Schumacher had a triple and a double. Wilson, Nuxoll, Rieman, Holthaus and Tidwell each had a single.
With the wins Prairie improves to 9-2 on the season and 3-1 in league play.
Troy   1 0 0 0 6 1 0—  8   7 4
Prairie 0 2 2 5 0 1 x—10 13 3
Leah Holthaus is about to release a pitch in the C.V. game. In the background is first baseman Kendall Schumacher. She came within 1 hitter of pitching a perfect game.
Tanna Schlader races toward third on what turned out to be an inside the park homer against C.V.
Taylor Nuxoll makes a backhand stab for a catch that cost a Troy hitter at least a double.
Kelsey Tidwell makes a catch in centerfield against Troy.
Ashley Cannon makes a catch in right field against Troy.
Taylor Nuxoll cuts second on her way to third with a triple against C.V.
Hailey Danly makes a play at second against C.V. and is about to throw out the batter at first.

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
18-Troy, there, 4 p.m. (1+1), won 10-8
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)
  6-Lewiston JV, there, 4 p.m. (2), rescheduled from April 19
  9 & 10-Districts (@Lewiston), TBA
17 & 18-State (@Lewiston), TBA
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