Pirates win 2 of 4 games
The Prairie Pirates played 4 games this past week, winning both their league games and losing a pair of non-league games.
On Tuesday, April 21 they got thumped by Asotin 13-30. They came back Thursday, April 23 to win a league game over Highland 15-5. On Friday, April 24 they hosted McCall-Donnelly and lost 11-15. Finally on Monday, April 27 they traveled to Troy and won an important league game 13-3.
Vs. Asotin
Against Asotin at Cottonwood on Tuesday Prairie faced the pitcher who had no-hit them in their first game of the season.
This time around they were able to get to him for 8 runs in the 3 innings he pitched.
Prairie led 3-2 after the first inning and that stood up until the third when Asotin scored 8 runs. Prairie answered with 5 in the bottom of the inning to cut the lead to 2 runs but Asotin put up another 8-spot in the fourth.
The Pirates faced getting 10-runned in the fifth but came up with 5 runs to extend the game another inning.
An 11-run sixth by Asotin insured that the game would be over after 6 innings on the 10-run mercy rule.
Prairie had 10 hits in the game with Brandon Anderson picking up a pair of doubles. Devin Bruegeman and John Mager each had a pair of singles. Terran Peery, Calvin Hinkelman and Nick Mager each had a double and Jake Bruner had a single.
Anderson started the game on the mound with Peery taking over in the fourth. Jace Perrin pitched the sixth.
Asotin 2 0 8 8 1 11—30 21 8
Prairie 3 0 5 0 5   0—13 10 4
Vs. Highland
In a home league game against Highland Daniel Mager pitched well except for a bad third inning as Prairie beat the Huskies.Calvin Hinkelman dives head first into home plate to score a run against Highland.
In the first inning Mager struck out the first two hitters then gave up a walk and a single before ending the inning with a strikeout.
Prairie struck for 2 runs in their half of the first. Bruegeman led off with a single to left and stole second. Peery also singled to left to score Bruegeman and went to second on a balk. A groundout moved him to third and he scored on Hinkelman’s single to left.
After Mager struck out the side in order int eh second Prairie added 3 more runs. 4 errors contributed to the runs as Prairie had just 2 hits and a walk. John Mager hit a 1-out single to left and moved to second when the leftfielder mishandled the ball. Dereck Arnzen reached on a dropped popup. Bruner forced Arnzen at second with John Mager moving to third. A bad pickoff throw allowed Mager to score and Bruner made it all the way to third. Bruegeman singled home Bruner and went to second on an error by the right fielder. Peery reached when his ground ball went through the wickets at shortstop with Bruegeman scoring to make it 5-0.
In the third Daniel Mager walked the leadoff batter then got two quick outs. Then he ran into trouble as he gave up a walk, a run scoring single, 2 more walks that forced in a run and a double that scored 2 more runs to cut the lead to 5-4. He got out of the inning on a wild pitch as catcher Bruegeman got to the ball quick enough to throw the ball back to Mager covering the plate in time to get the runner coming from third.
Prairie answered with 6 runs in the bottom of the third thanks in large part to 5 more errors. Perrin was hit by a pitch after there was 1 out. John Mager reached on an error. Arnzen then singled to center to score Perrin and Mager came home when the centerfielder let the ball get by him. Bruner singled to right to score Arnzen and then stole second. Bruner scored when Bruegeman reached on an error by the second baseman. Bruegeman stole second and went to third on a bad throw from the catcher. Peery singled to left to score Bruegeman and advanced all the way to third on an error by the left fielder. Anderson grounded out to second but Peery scored on the play. Hinkelman followed with a double down the third base line and advanced to third on a passed ball but was left there as the inning ended with Prairie up 11-4.
Daniel Mager struck out the side on 11 pitches in the fourth inning. 
Prairie added 2 in the fourth with a 2-out rally. Arnzen was hit by a pitch with 2 outs and Bruner followed with a single to right as Arnzen went to third. Bruner stole second and both runners scored on Bruegeman’s single to left.
Daniel Mager gave up a leadoff hit in the fifth and then threw the ball past Arnzen on a pickoff attempt allowing the runner to get all the way to third. He scored on a groundout then Mager got 2 more outs to get out of the inning.
Needing 2 runs to end the game on the 10-run mercy rule, Prairie did just that. 
Anderson and Hinkelman were both walked to start the inning. Nick Mager grounded back to the pitcher who forced Anderson at third. Perrin beat out an infield hit to load the bases. Hinkelman scored on a wild pitch. John Mager was then hit by a pitch to reload the bases and Arnzen singled to left to bring Nick Mager home for the game-ending run.
Daniel Mager gave up 5 runs on 4 hits with 5 walks and 10 strikeouts.
Prairie had 13 hits led by Bruegeman who had 3 singles and 4 RBI. Hinkelman had a double and a singled and 1 RBI. Peery and Arnzen each had 2 singles and 2 RBI. Bruner had 2 singles and 1 RBI. Perrin and John Mager each had a single.
Highland 0 0 4 0 1—  5   4 10
Prairie     2 3 6 2 2—15 13   1
Vs. McCall-Donnelly
A couple of bad innings in the middle of the game led to an 11-15 loss to McCall-Donnelly Friday, April 24 at Cottonwood.
Prairie led 3-1 going into the third inning but 4 errors in the third helped McCall score 8 runs and take control of the game.
Prairie answered back with 3 runs in the bottom of the third to cut the lead to 6-9 but McCall scored 5 more in the fourth to put the game out of reach.
Prairie scored 1 in the fifth and 4 in the sixth to get within 4 runs but that was as close as they would get.
Prairie had 8 hits in the game with Anderson leading the way with a single and a double. Bruegeman, Hinkelman, Perrin, John Mager and Nick Mager each added a single.
John Mager started on the mound and gave way to Anderson in the third. Bruegeman pitched the final 2 innings.
McCall 0 1 8 5 0 1 0—15 10 4
Prairie   2 1 3 0 1 4 0—11   8 7
At Troy
Bruegeman got his first start since winning in 8 innings at Potlatch and gave up just 6 hits and 3 unearned runs in Prairie’s 13-3 win at Troy Monday, April 27.
The game was 0-0 after 2 innings and Prairie scored the first 2 runs of the game in the top of the third. Bruegeman drew a Devin Bruegeman helped his own cause wth a 2-run triple at Troy.1-out walk and stole second. He scored on Peery’s double to the gap in right center. Peery then scored on Anderson’s double to left.
Prairie added 2 more runs in the fourth as John Mager drew a leadoff walk and Nick Mager beat out an infield hit. 2 outs later Bruegeman helped his own cause knocking in what turned out to be the winning runs with a triple to the fence in left. 
Troy got to Bruegeman in the fourth for a leadoff walk and a single down the left field line. Bruegeman struck out the next 2 batters and should’ve gotten out of the inning unscathed as he induced a short pop fly toward the second baseman. The ball wasn’t read well and a late start toward the ball allowed it to be mishandled for an error to load the bases. A 2-run single and a 1-run double followed to cut the Prairie lead to 4-3.
Prairie came right back in the fifth and got those 3 runs back. Anderson opened the inning with a single but got picked off. Hinkelman was hit by a pitch and stole second and Perrin singled to right. Hinkelman had to hold up at third and Perrin went to second on the throw toward home. John Mager grounded out to second to score Hinkelman. Nick Mager then doubled to left to score Perrin and Dereck Arnzen singled to right to score Nick Mager and make it 7-3.
Bruegeman blanked the Trojans the rest of the way, finishing the game with 7 straight outs after allowing a 2-out double down the left field line in the fifth.
Prairie tacked on 6 insurance runs in the top of the seventh. Perrin led off the inning with a double and moved to third on a wild pitch. Nick Mager was hit by a pitch and Perrin scored when Arnzen’s fly ball to right was dropped. Arnzen would get credit for a sacrifice fly and an RBI on the play. Bruner singled up the middle to score Mager and Bruegeman singled to left to load the bases. Peery drew a bases loaded walk to score Arnzen and Anderson singled to left for 2 runs with a third run scoring as the ball was misplayed in left. Anderson tried to circle the bases on the play but was thrown out at home.
With a 10-run lead Bruegeman got 3 fly ball outs in the bottom of the 7th to end the game. 1 fly ball each went to right, center and left.
Bruegeman allowed 3 unearned runs on 6 hits with 2 walks and 10 strikeouts. Prairie committed 3 errors.
The Pirates had 13 hits led by Anderson who had a double and 2 singles and 3 RBI. Bruegeman had a triple and a single and 2 RBI. Nick Mager had a double and a single and an RBI. Perrin had a double and a single. Peery had a double and 2 RBI. Arnzen had a single and 2 RBI. Bruner had an RBI single. Hinkelman had a single.
Prairie is now 8-10overall and 8-4 in league play with 2 league games left, against Nezperce and at Genesee. They are looking good for a third place finish in league.
Prairie 0 0 2 2 3 0 6—13 13 3
Troy   0 0 0 3 0 0 0—  3   6 2
Terran Peery hits a double at Troy.
Brandon Anderson followed Peery's double, left, with a double of his own allowing Peery to score.
Calvin Hinkelman settles under a popup at Troy.
Dereck Arnzen pulls into third base against Highland.
John Mager catches a fly ball for the final out against Troy.
Nick Mager also had a double at Troy.
Devin scattered 6 hits and gave up just 3 unearned runs in a win at Troy.
John Mager heads for second against Highland.

Prairie Baseball Schedule for 2015
17-at Asotin, V & JV, 4 p.m., lost 0-15
19-at C.V., V & JV, 4:30 p.m., won 10-4
21-at Kamiah, V & JV, 11 a.m., postponed due to weather
23-at Kendrick, V & JV, 4 p.m., postponed due to weather
26-vs. Highland, Clearwater Park, 4:30 p.m., won 12-1
7-C.V., here, V & JV, 4 p.m., lost 2-3
10-11-at Glenn’s Ferry Tournament, lost to Malad 5-8; lost to Wendell 5-6; Lost to Glenns Ferry 4-13
13-Troy, here, 4 p.m., lost 6-11
16-Kamiah, here, 2:30 p.m. (2V) postponed from 4/14 due to weather, won 10-0 and 32-30
16-Kendrick, here, 2V, 4 p.m., cancelled to get Kamiah league games in, may not be made up
17-at Nezperce, 4:30 p.m., won 34-4
18-at Potlatch, 2-V, 11 a.m., lost 3-13, won 2-1
20-Genesee, here, 4:30 p.m., lost 4-24
21-Asotin, here, V & JV, 4 p.m., lost 16-30
23-Highland, here, 4:30 p.m., won 15-5
24-McCall-Donnelly, here, V & JV, 4 p.m., lost 11-15
27-at Troy, 4 p.m., won 13-3
28-Nezperce, here, 4:30 p.m., won 29-7, details next week. 
30-at Genesee, 4:30 p.m.
2-Timberline, here, 2-V, 11 a.m.-cancelled, Timberline ran short of players and dropped their team.
5-9-District at Lewiston
14-16-State at Caldwell

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