Pirates win two 1-run games
The Prairie Lady Pirates picked up a pair of 1-run victories in their final two regular season games. They won 3-2 at Asotin in a non-league game that was a late addition to the schedule and then won a league game at Troy 7-6 to clinch the #2 seed into the District Tournament.
Prairie finally broke through with a run in the top of the fourth inning as Tanna Schlader pounded a 1-out double to the fence in left center. Taylor Nuxoll followed with a double to right center, scoring Schlader. Kendall Schumacher then singled up the middle but Nuxoll was thrown out at the plate by the centerfielder.
Prairie pitcher Sky Wilson, in her first varsity start, continued to string zeroes through 5 innings, allowing just 3 singles and 3 walks.
In the top of the sixth Prairie scored a couple more runs. Wilson was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. Hailey Danly followed with a single up the middle. Wilson just beat the throw to third and on the throw Danly tried for second. She also beat out a close play and on the throw to second, Wilson took off for home and beat the throw there to make it 2-0.
After a wild pitch moved Danly to third, she scored on a grounder to second by Schlader to make it 3-0.
Those 2 runs turned out to be big as Asotin finally got to Wilson in the bottom of the sixth.
After a leadoff double, an error on the throw back into the infield moved the runner to third. She scored on a sacrifice fly to left to put the Panthers on the board. After a second out, Asotin got an over the fence homer to cut the lead to 3-2. Wilson struck out the next batter to get out of the inning.
Prairie was unable to score in the seventh and Wilson quickly got a pair of outs in Asotin’s half of the inning. A 2-out single and a wild pitch put the tying run on second but Wilson got the next hitter to swing at a 2-strike pitch in the dirt and catcher Danly threw the runner out at first to end the game.
Wilson gave up 6 hits and 2 runs with 3 walks and 6 strikeouts.
Prairie had 5 hits with Danly collecting 2 singles while Schlader and Nuxoll each had a double and Schumacher had a single.
Prairie 0 0 0 1 0 2 0—3 5 1
Asotin 0 0 0 0 0 2 0—2 6 1
Prairie will likely play Troy again in the first round at District Thursday, May 9 at 5:30 p.m. at Airport Park. Genesee vs. Potlatch is likely to be the other first round matchup. C.V. will be the odd team out as District has been a top 4 team affair for the last few years.
Troy took the early lead in the game with a run in the bottom of the first. A 2-out double plated a runner who had walked earlier. Troy then got a single but left fielder Nuxoll got the ball back in quick enough that Troy held the runner on third. Holthaus then recorded a strikeout to end the inning.
Prairie tied it in the top of the second as Nuxoll led off with a double. Schumacher walked and a groundout by Mackenzie Rieman moved the runners over. Holthaus then dropped a bunt with Nuxoll scoring from third as the pitcher was indecisive as to where to go. Holthaus tried to take advantage by going to second but got thrown out on a perfect throw as the fielder caught the ball and brush tagged Holthaus before throwing home to catch Schumacher who tried to score from third on the throw to second. Troy turned an inning and rally ending double play on what started as a base hit.
Prairie added 2 more runs to take their first lead in the third. Wilson started the rally with a 2-out single up the middle. Danly then hit the next pitch for a double to right center that scored Wilson. Schlader hit the next pitch for a single down the left field line to score Danly. On the next pitch Nuxoll singled to left but Schlader could only get as far as second. That’s 4 hits on 4 consecutive pitches.
A forceout ended the inning.
Prairie made it 4-1 with a run in the fourth. Rieman led off with a single then 2 outs were made. Tidwell singled with Rieman advancing to third. A passed ball allowed Rieman to score.
In the bottom of the fourth things fell apart for Prairie as Troy took the lead with a 5-run uprising.
A dropped fly ball started the inning but that batter was forced at second on the next play. Troy then started finding holes as 6 of the next 7 hitters collected singles, mostly grounders with a bloop hit in there as well. The only really hard hit ball came with the bases loaded on a single to right that got misplayed with all 3 runners scoring and the batter winding up on third. That tied the game at 4-4. After a lineout to second, 3 more singles plated 2 more runs to give Troy a 4-6 lead.
Prairie cut the lead to 1 when Schlader hit a 1-out double to right center and scored when Schumacher’s fly ball to right with 2 outs was dropped for an error.
In both the sixth and seventh innings Troy put a runner on but both came with 2 outs and Holthaus was able to get the next batter out to end the inning.
Prairie went out in order in their half of the sixth but had the top of the order up to start the seventh. Wilson led off with a single to right and Danly followed with a single up the middle. Danly was forced out at second by Schlader with Wilson moving to third.
A foul pop-up led to Schumacher coming to the plate with runners on second and third and 2 outs. She pounded a triple to right field that scored both runners and gave Prairie the lead.
In the bottom of the inning Troy got the tying runner on with a 1-out single but a pop-up to the catcher and a flyball out to center ended the game.
Prairie had 12 hits in the game led by Danly and Schlader who each had a double and a single and an RBI. Nuxoll also had a double and a single. Wilson had a pair of singles. Schumacher had a triple and 2 RBI. Holthaus had an RBI single and Rieman and Tidwell each added a single.
Holthaus gave up 6 runs on 13 hits with 1 walk and 3 strikeouts.
With the wins Prairie takes a 13-4 record into District. They wound up 6-2 in league play.
A doubleheader scheduled for this past Monday against the Lewiston JV had to be cancelled due to it being one of the Senior Project demonstration days.
Prairie 0 1 2 1 1 0 2—7 12 2
Troy 1 0 0 5 0 0 0—6 13 1
District set for Thursday and Friday
The Softball District Tournament is set for this Thursday and Friday, May 9-10, at Airport Park in Lewiston.
The 2 first round games will both be played at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. One matchup will have #1 Genesee against #4 Potlatch with #2 Prairie against #3 Troy in the other.
The two winners will play at 5:30 p.m. Friday with the winner of that game crowned as District Champion. The two Thursday losers will play at the same time with the winner of that game to play the championship game loser at 7 p.m. for second place and a berth in the state tournament.
State will be May 17-18 at Lewiston.
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
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
6-Lewiston JV, there, 4 p.m. (2), rescheduled from April 19-Cancelled due to Senior Projects presentations
9-Districts (@Lewiston), Games 1 & 2, 5:30 p.m. - Prairie vs. Troy, Genesee vs. Potlatch
10-Districts (@Lewiston), Games 3 & 4, 5:30 p.m., 2nd place game, 7 p.m.
17 & 18-State (@Lewiston), TBA