Lady Pirates are 2-2 on the week
The Prairie Lady Pirates won 2 out of 4 games this past week as they swept Potlatch Thursday, April 25 at Lewiston, winning by scores of 13-3 and 14-5 and then lost a home game to Genesee 8-11 on Friday, April 26 and another to Orofino 4-12 on Monday, April 29.
Potlatch Game 1
Potlatch was the home team for the first game and Prairie got off to a good start as leadoff hitter Sky Wilson walked Kelsey Tidwell has to reach to make a catch in the first Potlatch game.and then scored on Tanna Schlader’s triple to the fence in right center. Taylor Nuxoll then singled up the middle to score Schlader for a 2-0 Prairie lead. A couple of walks followed to load the bases but those runners were left stranded.
In the second inning Prairie added 4 more runs. Kelsey Tidwell led off with a looping single to right that was bobbled, allowing her to go to second. A wild pitch moved her to third and she scored on Hailey Danly’s groundout to short. Schlader was then hit by a pitch and stole second. She scored again on a Nuxoll single up the middle. After Nuxoll stole second, she scored when Kendall Schumacher hit a single to right. Mackenzie Rieman reached on a “Baltimore chop” single (beating the ball into the dirt in front of home plate so that it bounces high enough that by the time it comes down the runner can beat the throw to first). Leah Holthaus walked and Ashley Cannon was hit by a pitch to force home a run.
Prairie had another 4 run inning in the third to make it 10-0. Wilson led off the inning with a walk and scored on Schlader’s single to right. Nuxoll scored Schlader again, this time with a double over the centerfielder’s head. Nuxoll scored when Schumacher served another single to right. Rieman then singled to right with Schumacher going to third. Schumacher then wound up scoring when the ball got away at third.
Prairie made it 13-0 with 3 more runs in the fourth. Tidwell led off with a walk and Wilson beat out a bunt where Potlatch had nobody covering first. A double to left by Danly scored Tidwell. With Wilson having to stop at third. A wild pitch then scored Wilson with Danly going to third. Nuxoll picked up her fourth RBI of the game with a sacrifice fly to right as Danly scored.
Meanwhile Holthaus was pitching a great game, no-hitting Potlatch through the first 3 innings. Potlatch finally got their first hit, a triple to the fence in center, with 1 out in the fourth. Potlatch then picked up their first run. The following batter appeared to strike out and catcher Wilson threw to third to try to pick off the runner. The run scored and the batter wound up on first as the umpires said the third strike pitch hit the dirt before Wilson fielded it to make the throw toward third. Things got worse when a sacrifice bunt attempt wound up with a run scoring and the batter on third as the throw to first went awry. The batter on third then wound up scoring to cut the lead to 13-3. Prairie then settled down on defense getting a pair of ground ball outs.
Prairie didn’t score in the fifth and Potlatch needed a run to extend the game. The leadoff batter reached on an error but was erased when she interfered with the play on the next hitter who hit a ground ball to Danly at second. A double play was ruled and the game ended when the next batter flew out to Tidwell in center on the 10-run mercy rule.
Prairie had 12 hits in the game with Nuxoll collecting a double and 2 singles (all with a 2-strike count by the way) and 4 RBI. Schlader had a triple and a single and 2 RBI. Rieman had a pair of singles. Schumacher had 2 singles and 2 RBI. Danly had a double and 2 RBI. Wilson and Tidwell each had a single.
Holthaus gave up 3 runs on just 1 hit with 1 walk and 4 strikeouts.
Prairie    2 4 4 3 0—13 12 3
Potlatch 0 0 0 3 0—  3   1 2
Potlatch Game 2
Prairie again scored first in the second game as Wilson led off with a single up the middle, stole second and went to third on an error. She wound up scoring on Nuxoll’s Tanna Schlader catches a pop fly in the second game against Potlatch.sacrifice fly to center.
Potlatch tied it with a run in the second inning on a triple that was followed by an error in an attempt to get the runner straying off third.
Potlatch took the lead in the third on a walk and a single.
Prairie tied it in the bottom of the second as Danly singled and stole second, went to third on Schlader’s groundout and scored on a wild pitch.
Potlatch again took the lead with a run in the third on a walk, single, error and another single. With the bases loaded and nobody out, Prairie avoided further trouble when the batter lined out to Schlader who doubled off the runner at third. Wilson then ended the inning by catching a foul popup near the fence.
In the fourth inning Prairie took the lead for good with a 2-out rally. After a pair of strikeouts to open the inning, Tidwell tripled to right center. Wilson then hit a fly ball to left that was dropped for a 2-base error as Tidwell scored. Wilson then scored on Danly’s single up the middle. Schlader reached when the first baseman dropped the throw for an error. Nuxoll walked to load the bases. A wild pitch scored Danly and then Schumacher singled to right center to score 2 runs and make it 7-3.
Potlatch bounced back with a pair of runs on a triple and 2 doubles to cut the lead to 7-5.
Prairie added 4 more in the fifth with another 2 out rally. Cannon walked with 1 out and Holli Uhlorn was put in to pinch run. She went to second on a passed ball and to third on a groundout. Wilson walked then Danly singled to center to score Uhlorn. A triple to left center by Schlader scored both Wilson and Danly and Nuxoll singled to left to score Schlader and make it 11-5.
Potlatch had no baserunners in the top of the sixth for the first time in the game. 
Prairie added 3 insurance runs in the bottom of the 6th and had the game-ending run on base. Rieman walked to lead off the inning and Holthaus reached on a bunt single. Rieman was forced out at third. A wild pitch moved both runners up a base and Tidwell beat out an infield hit that scored Holthaus. Wilson then singled up the middle to scored both Cannon and Tidwell. Danly followed with a single but Wilson got too far off second and wound up getting tagged out in a rundown.. Danly stole second to put the game ending run in scoring position but Schlader grounded out to end the inning.
Potlatch got a 2 out double in the top of the 7th but that was all as Prairie won 14-5.
The Pirates had 14 hits led by Danly who had 4 singles and 2 RBI. Tidwell had a triple and 2 singles and an RBI. Wilson and Nuxoll each had 2 singles and 2 RBI. Schlader had a triple and 2 RBI. Schumacher had a single and 2 RBI and Holthaus had a single.
Potlatch had a lot better luck against Holthaus in the second game as they got to her for 9 hits and 5 runs. Holthaus walked 2 and struck out 1.
Potlatch 0 1 1 1 2 0 0—  5   9 3
Prairie    1 0 1 5 4 3 x—14 14 4
Vs. Genesee
In the game against Genesee on Friday, Prairie spotted the Bulldogs a 1-9 lead after 4½ innings before rallying within 1 only to wind up losing by 3.Sky Wilson managed to slide around the tag attempt for a stolen base against Genesee.
In the first 4 innings Prairie mustered just 2 infield hits against Genesee pitcher Karli Bennett with their long run coming as a result of a double steal in the third inning.
Wilson had pounded a grounder between the wickets of the second baseman as she reached on an error with 2 outs. She went to second on the play and to third on another error.
Danly reached on an infield hit, Prairie’s first hit of the game, with Wilson having to hold at third. Danly then went to steal second and once the ball was thrown Wilson took off for home. Danly barely beat the throw at second as Wilson scored.
Meanwhile Genesee had scored 2 in the first on a walk, a bunt single, a sacrifice bunt and an error. They added 4 more in the third on 3 singles and a triple with all 4 runs scoring after there were 2 outs.
They made it 1-9 with 3 runs in the fourth on 3 singles, 2 walks and an error.
For the fifth inning coach Jeff Martin moved catcher Wilson to pitcher, Holthaus to second base and Danly to catcher to give Genesee a different look. Wilson gave up a single but no runs in the fifth to stem the Genesee scoring.
Prairie finally got to Bennett in the bottom of the fifth. Tidwell led off with a walk and a single by Danly and Schlader getting hit by a pitch loaded the bases with 1 out. Nuxoll singled up the middle to score 2 runs and Schumacher singled to left to score another run. Rieman hit a sacrifice fly to center to score Nuxoll and cut the lead to 5-9.
In the top of the sixth Wilson got into trouble with an error followed by a hit batter. Bennett then tried to help her own cause with a sinking liner to center but Tidwell was able to make a nice running catch and doubled the runner off second base. After a walk, Wilson induced a fly ball out to Tidwell to end the inning.
Tidwell then added to the heroics by leading off the bottom of the sixth with a single down the line in left. Wilson reached on an error and Danly hit a triple to the fence in left center to score both runners. Genesee then changed pitchers and Schlader was able to score Danly on a groundout to cut the lead to 8-9. After a walk to Nuxoll, Genesee was able to get out of the inning without any more runs scoring.
Genesee got to Wilson in the top of the seventh for two more 2-out runs as a pair of singles and an error plus a wild pitch made it 8-11.
Prairie went out in order in the bottom of the seventh to end the game.
Prairie had 8 hits in the game with Danly picking up a triple and 2 singles and 2 RBI. Holthaus had a pair of bunt singles . Nuxoll had a single and 2 RBI. Schumacher had an RBI single and Tidwell had a single.
Holthaus gave up 9 runs on 9 hits with 3 walks and 4 strikeouts in 4 innings. Wilson gave up 2 runs on 3 hits with 2 walks, a hit batter and 1 strikeout in 3 innings.
Genesee 2 0 4 3 0 0 2—11 12 3
Prairie    0 0 1 0 4 3 0—  8   8 4
Vs. Orofino
The Orofino Maniacs paid back an earlier loss to Prairie in a big way as they beat the Pirates 4-12 Monday, April 29 amid snow flurries and high winds at Cottonwood.
Orofino hit 3 doubles and took advantage of 3 Prairie errors to jump on the Pirates for 5 runs in the first inning.After a leadoff triple in the 7th inning, Taylor Nuxoll slides home safely following a wild pitch in the Orofino game.
Prairie managed to answer with a 2-out run in the bottom of the first. Danly singled but was forced out at second by Schlader. An errant pickoff throw allowed Schlader to go to second and she scored on Nuxoll’s single to left.
In the second inning, another error, a triple and a single led to 2 more Orofino runs.
Prairie again got one back in the bottom of the inning. Rieman led off with a single to right and was sacrificed to second by Holthaus. She scored on Tidwell’s single to left with Tidwell taking second on the throw home. Wilson followed with a single but Tidwell was called out at the plate. The catcher dropped the throw but had the plate blocked so well she was able to get the out as Tidwell never made it to the plate.
Neither team scored in the next 2 innings. Orofino added a run in the fifth as they put 3 singles together. Prairie avoided a bigger inning by making 2 outs at the plate. One on a bases loaded with 1 out force play and the other when Tidwell gunned out the runner at the plate for the third out.
Orofino added 4 more runs in the top of the sixth with 4 straight hits include 2 homers to start the inning. An inside the park homer opened the inning followed by a single, double and then possibly the longest homer hit at the Prairie field in a high school softball game as the ball landed well up the bank over the fence in left center.
Down 2-12 Prairie needed a run just to play the seventh inning. They got that when Nuxoll tripled to the fence in center to lead off the inning. She scored on a wild pitch. Rieman later singled but wound up running into the final out at third on a ground ball.
In the bottom of the seventh Wilson hit a 1-out single down the line in left, went to second on a wild pitch and scored on Danly’s single to left. The game then ended on an unusual double play. Tanna Schlader hit a fly ball out to center. Danly had advanced beyond second base after taking off from first on the play. She didn’t re-tag second on the way back to first and was out on appeal to end the game.
Prairie had 10 hits in the game led by Nuxoll who had a triple and a single and an RBI. Danly had 2 singles and an RBI while Wilson and Rieman each had 2 singles. Tidwell had an RBI single and Holthaus a bunt single.
Holthaus gave up 12 runs on 13 hits with 1 walk and 4 strikeouts.
Prairie is now 11-4 on the season and 5-2 in league play.
Orofino 5 2 0 0 1 4 0—12 13 2
Prairie   1 1 0 0 0 1 1—  4 10 4
Taylor Nuxoll makes a catch in the Genesee game.
Sky Wilson goes after a foul pop-up against Orofino.

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, here, 4 p.m. (1+1), won 10-8
25-Potlatch (@Lewiston) Airport #2, 4:30 p.m. (2), won 13-3, won 14-5
26-Genesee, here, 5 p.m., lost 8-11
29-Orofino, here, 4 p.m. (1+1), lost 4-12
30-at Asotin, 4 p.m., won 3-2, details next week (game was added late to the schedule)
  2-Troy, there, 4 p.m. (1+1)
  6-Lewiston JV, there, 4 p.m. (2), rescheduled from April 19
  9-Districts (@Lewiston), Games 1 & 2, 5:30 p.m.
10-Districts (@Lewiston), Games 3 & 4, 5:30 p.m., 2nd place game, 7 p.m.
17 & 18-State (@Lewiston), TBA
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