win 3 league games
The Prairie baseball team improved to 4-0 in league play with 3 league wins this past week. On Friday, April 14 they beat Kamiah 7-0. On Saturday, April 15 they swept a doubleheader from Potlatch 18-8 and 14-1. All three games were supposed to be home games but were played at Kamiah due to field conditions.
Calvin Hinkelman led the hitting with 3 singles and 3 RBI with Brandon Anderson pounding out a double and a triple. Devin Bruegeman, Jake Bruner, Derrick Arnzen and Mager each added a single.
Prairie scored 3 runs in the first, 2 more in the third and the final two in the fifth.
Schumacher pitched the first 4 innings and Mager the final 3.
Kamiah 0 0 0 0 0 0 0—0 1 2
Prairie 3 0 2 0 2 0 x—7 9 2
Mager started on the mound for the Pirates and gave up a solo home run in the top of the first.
Prairie answered back with a “snowman” in the bottom of the inning as they parlayed 3 hits, 6 walks and an error into 8 runs.
Bruegeman led off with a double down the left field line. After an out, Anderson and Hinkelman both walked to load the bases. Arnzen then pounded a 2-run single to left. Mager walked to again load the bases. Jace Perrin and Schumacher each walked to force in runs and that led Potlatch to pull starter Devan Carpenter and bring in Cole Thompson. Thompson promptly walked Bobby Hood to force in another run.
After a second out, Bruner hit a slow grounder that the pitcher couldn’t find the handle to for an error with Perrin scoring. Anderson then hit a 2-run single to right to make it 8-1 in the Pirates’ favor.
The long bottom of the first apparently affected Mager as he struggled to find the strike zone in the second inning. He walked the first 3 batters on just 14 pitches before giving up a sacrifice fly to right. A balk then brought in the second run of the inning. After a hit batsman, Mager got out of the inning on a short fly ball to Bruegeman at short and a comebacker to the mound.
Mager got the first two batters in the third on just 3 pitches then lost his control again. The next 5 hitters all reached base without seeing a strike. 4 were walked and the fifth was hit by a pitch. That led to 2 more runs as Potlatch closed the gap to 8-5. Mager then got out of the inning when the leadoff batter swung at the first pitch and flew out to Schumacher in left.
The top of the fourth was Mager’s last available inning as he had pitched 3 the night before. He finally settled down and gave up only a 2-out single as he held Potlatch scoreless.
Potlatch changed pitchers for the fourth inning, bringing in Hunter Nicholson and Prairie was able to add an insurance run. Hinkelman led off with a 4-pitch walk. Mager reached on a throwing error by the shortstop and with 2 outs, Schumacher reached on what should have been the third out, a little grounder to the first baseman. The fielder dropped the ball 3 times trying to pick it up and Schumacher reached first with Hinkelman scoring.
Bruegeman went to the mound in the top of the fifth and hit the first batter on a 3-2 breaking pitch. He then got 2 strikeouts but then gave up a walk, double and single as Potlatch scored 3 runs to pull within 1 run at 9-8. Bruegeman got out of the inning with a called strike 3.
In the bottom of the fifth things fell apart for Nicholson. Bruegeman led off the inning with a flare to right that dropped between the first baseman and right fielder. Bruegeman moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on Bruner’s single to left center. Bruner wound up at second as the throw went to home. A balk moved Bruner to third and he scored on Anderson’s double to the fence in left. Hinkelman walked and both runners moved up on a wild pitch. Arnzen then grounded to short but the fielder threw home with Anderson beating the throw. Mager singled up the middle to score Hinkelman. After an out Schumacher walked to load the bases and Hood walked to force in a run to make it 14-8.
Potlatch then went back to Thompson and Bruegeman greeted him with a 2-run double up the middle to make it 16-8 and now Prairie was threatening to 10-run the Loggers after leading by just 1 entering the inning.
After the second out was made, Anderson walked to load the bases and Hinkelman dropped a short fly ball into right for a 2-run single that ended the game on the 10-run rule.
That fifth inning rally saved Bruegeman a possible 2 innings on the mound which gave him 6 to work with in the second game.
Prairie scored their 18 runs on just 9 hits led by Bruegeman who had a double and 2 singles with 2 RBI and 3 runs scored. Anderson had a double and a single and 3 RBI. Hinkelman had a single and 2 RBI. Arnzen had a single and 3 RBI. Bruner and Mager each had a single and an RBI. Hood had 2 RBI on bases loaded walks and Schumacher had an RBI on a bases loaded walk.
Mager gave up 5 runs on just 2 hits with 7 walks, 2 hit batsmen and 2 strikeouts in 4 innings. Bruegeman gave up 3 runs on 2 hits with 1 walk, 1 hit batsman and 3 strikeouts in 1 inning.
Potlatch 1 2 2 0 3— 8 4 4
Prairie 8 0 0 1 9—18 9 1
Bruegeman gave 2 singles and a run in the first inning to the Loggers then tossed zeroes through the 6th inning. Schumacher came on to pitch a 1-2-3 seventh.
Prairie tied the game in the bottom of the second when Mager drew a leadoff walk and scored on Bruegeman’s 2-out single to left.
Bruegeman had a 1-2-3 second and got the first two outs in the third before giving up 2 singles. He then got out of the inning on a fly ball to right.
In the fourth he gave up a 1 out walk with the batter stealing second and then third. He tried to steal one too many bases though as he was put out trying to steal home with 2 outs.
In the top of the fifth Prairie finally got to starting pitcher Mack Judson. After an out, Bruner and Anderson each walked. After a second out Arnzen hit a hard grounder right at the shortstop who didn’t get his mitt down and let the ball go through the wickets for an error as Bruner scored. Mager walked to load the bases and Perrin followed with a single up the middle that scored Anderson. Schumacher walked to load the bases and Potlatch changed pitchers.
The first pitch from the new Potlatch pitcher went to the backstop with Mager scoring and the other two runners moving up. Hood then walked to reload the bases. Bruegeman was hit by a pitch to score another run. Bruner beat out an infield single as Schumacher scored. Anderson then singled to left to score both Hood and Bruegeman as Prairie had their third inning of the day with at least 8 runs and now led 9-1.
Bruegeman put the side out in order in the bottom of the fifth.
Thompson was sent back to the mound in the sixth and gave up an unearned run. Mager reached when the centerfielder dropped his fly ball. He stole third and then scored when the throw got past the third baseman to make it 10-1.
Bruegeman got out of the sixth, his final available inning, by giving up a harmless 2-out infield single.
Prairie added some more insurance runs in the top of the 7th as Hood walked, Bruegeman singled and Bruner walked to load the bases.
Potlatch went back to first game starter Carpenter who was greeted by Anderson with a 2 run double to deep left field. Hinkelman beat out an infield single with Bruner scoring. Arnzen then swung at a ball in the dirt for a strikeout and once the throw went to first for the out, Anderson was able to score from third to make it 14-1.
As mentioned earlier, Schumacher came in to get the side out in order and end the game.
Bruegeman pitched very well allowing just 5 hits and 1 run in 6 innings with only 1 walk and 9 strikeouts. Schumacher had 2 strikeouts in his inning of work.
The Pirates had 10 hits with Bruegeman collecting 3 singles and 2 RBI. Anderson had a double and 2 singles and 4 RBI. Hinkelman had a pair of singles. Bruner had an RBI single as did Perrin. Schumacher had an RBI on a bases loaded walk.
Prairie is now 6-3 on the season and 4-0 in league play.
Prairie 0 1 0 0 8 1 4—14 10 1
Potlatch 1 0 0 0 0 0 0— 1 5 3
2016 Prairie Baseball
17-at Kamiah, 4 p.m.*, won 3-2
22-at C.V., 4 p.m.*, postponed due to wet field
24-at Colton, 4 p.m., cancelled due to weather
8-9-Glenns Ferry Tournament, TBA, lost to Malad 3-5; beat Soda Springs 7-6; lost to Nampa Christian 4-16
15-Kamiah, there, 4 p.m.*, rescheduled from 4/12, won 7-0
16-Potlatch, here (2), noon*, won 18-8 and 14-1
19-at Grangeville, V/JV, 4 p.m., lost 5-15, details next week
21-C.V., there, 4 p.m.*, 2 games, includes makeup of 3/22 postponement
26-at Nezperce, 4 p.m.*
28-at Troy, 4 p.m.*
5-Troy, here, 4 p.m.
9-Nezperce, here, 4 p.m.