Pirates win 4 of 6 games
The Prairie baseball team broke their 5 game losing streak with a win over Kamiah and wound up winning 4 of 6 games this past week. All were league games. They swept Kamiah in a home doubleheader 10-0 and 32-30, won at Nezperce 34-4, split at Potlatch 3-13 and 2-1 and lost big at home against to Genesee 4-24.
Vs. Kamiah
Prairie broke their 6 game losing streak with a 10-0 win over Kamiah in the first game of a doubleheader Thursday, April 16 at Cottonwood and then pulled out a 32-30 win in a second game that was definitely not for lovers of pitching and defense.
Game 1
Devin Bruegeman tossed a 2-hit shutout in the opening game of the doubleheader that had been rescheduled from Tuesday, April 14 due to snow.
Bruegeman dominated the Kubs allowing just 2 singles and 4 walks with 6 strikeouts. Only 1 runner got as far as second base for the KubsCatcher Brandon Anderson catches a popup against Kamiah. At left is pitcher Devin Bruegeman..
Meanwhile the Prairie offense broke out of their doldrums with 9 hits and 10 runs. Bruegeman led off the game with a single to left. Terran Peery followed with a perfectly placed bunt single. Brandon Anderson walked to load the bases. Calvin Hinkelman also walked to force home Bruegeman with the game’s first run. Jace Perrin grounded into a forceout but picked up an RBI as Peery scored. Anderson wound up making it 3-0 when he scored on a wild pitch.
Prairie added 2 more in the second inning as Dereck Arnzen reached on a dropped popup by the second baseman. He went to second on an errant pickoff throw and scored on Bruegeman’s flare into short right field. Bruegeman advanced to second on a balk, went to third on Peery’s groundout and scored on Anderson’s single to left.
Perrin led off the third with a single to left and went to second when the leftfielder let the ball get by him. John Mager grounded out with Perrin going to third and Perrin scored on Jake Bruner’s fly ball out to right.
In the fourth the Pirates made it a 10-run margin with 4 more runs. After an out, Bruegeman doubled to the wall in right center. Peery single to left to score Bruegeman. Peery stole second and went to third on a passed ball. Anderson drew a walk and Hinkelman tripled over the left fielder’s head to score both runners. Hinkelman then scored on a wild pitch to make it 10-0.
When Bruegeman struck out the side after a leadoff walk, Prairie had a win on the 10-run mercy rule.
Bruegeman also led the hit paraded with a double and 2 singles and an RBI. Peery had a pair of singles and an RBI. Hinkelman had a triple and 3 RBI. Perrin had a single and an RBI and John Mager had a single. Bruner added an RBI.
Kamiah 0 0 0 0 0—  0 2 5
Prairie   3 2 1 4 x—10 9 1
Game 2
In the second game both teams scored at least 1 run in each of the 6 innings played with each team also scoring at least 10 runs in an inning. Prairie did it twice.
Calvin Hinkelman rounds second and head for third with a triple in the first Kamiah game. He hit for the cycle in the second game.Kamiah was the home team so Prairie got to bat first and took advantage of 7 errors, 2 walks, a hit batsman and just 2 hits to score 6 runs and 10 batters came to the plate. Hinkelman and Bruner each had a single in the inning while Bruegeman (twice) and Peery each reached on errors and Anderson and Arnzen each walked. Kevin Tillinghast was hit by a pitch. Bruegeman, Peery, Anderson, Hinkelman, Arnzen and Tillinghast each scored a run.
Kamiah answered with 2 runs without benefit of a hit as Bruner struggled to find the plate walking 3 batters. A muffed fly ball in right scored both runs in the 2-out bases loaded situation.
Prairie added a run in the second as Anderson walked, stole second and scored on Perrin’s single to left. John Mager followed with a single and Arnzen walked to load the bases but Prairie stranded all 3 runners.
Kamiah answered with a run on a 2-out walk, wild pitch and run scoring single.
In the third Prairie came up with their first big innings as they sent 16 hitters to the plate and scored 10 runs and still managed to leave the bases loaded as the inning ended.
Kamiah changed pitchers at the start of the inning and he started out with 4 consecutive walks. Bruner walked to lead off and Bruegeman followed. A double steal was attempted with Bruner scoring as Bruegeman was caught for an out. Peery and Anderson followed with walks and Hinkelman doubled to dead center to score both runners. Perrin walked and Mager singled home Hinkelman. Arnzen walked to load the bases and Daniel Mager, pinchhitting for Tillinghast, walked to force in Perrin. Bruner reach on an error with John Mager scoring. Arnzen scored when Bruegeman forced Bruner at second. Peery and Anderson both walked to force home Tillinghast, who had reentered to run for Daniel Mager. Hinkelman then singled to left to score Bruegeman and Peery to make it 17-3, which at the time looked like a safe lead.
The long inning got to Bruner, who had settled down in the second after a rough first inning. Bruner walked 3 and gave up a single to start the bottom of the third. Perrin then came on in relief and got a pair of quick outs before giving up 4 straight singles as Kamiah wound up scoring 7 to cut a seemingly safe 14-run lead down to 17-10.
Kamiah trotted in their third pitcher of the game and he had better success getting 2 quick outs before giving up a single to Bruner, who went all the way to third when the centerfielder let the ball get by. Bruner then scored on a balk to make it 18-7.This Kamiah runner is out by a mile as 2nd baseman Jace Perrin waits with the ball on a steal attempt.
After some success in the third, Perrin struggled in the fourth. Kamiah had 13 straight batters reach base before Perrin was able to record an out. The out came on a short fly ball to center that Bruner fielded on the bounce and threw to Bruegeman at second for a forceout. The 12th run of the inning scored on that play. Perrin then got out of the inning when Bruegeman fielded a short fly by at shortstop and doubled off the runner at first. With their outburst Kamiah had taken an 18-22 lead.
This time it was the Kamiah pitcher’s turn to be affected by a long inning on offense as Prairie’s first 7 hitters in the fifth all reached base and scored. Anderson led off with an infield single and stole second. Hinkelman followed with a triple to deep center to score Anderson. Perrin singled home Hinkelman. John Mager singled and Arnzen walked to load the bases. Bryson Higgins, in for Tillinghast, walked to force in a run. Bruner singled up the middle to score 2 more runs and went to second on the throw home. After an out, Peery doubled home Higgins with Bruner going to third as he had to hold up to make sure the ball wasn’t caught. After a second out, Hinkelman walked to load the bases. Perrin singled home Bruner and three straight walks to Mager, Arnzen and Higgins brought home 3 more runs to make it 28-22.
Anderson replaced Perrin on the mound and gave up 3 straight hits before getting a fielder’s choice for an out. Another hit followed then 2 straight errors that cut the lead to 28-27. A walk followed then the second out. A 2-run single gave Kamiah a 28-29 lead before Anderson got out of the inning with a strikeout.
Prairie faced another new pitcher to start the sixth with Bruegeman beating out an infield hit to start things off. Peery followed with a double to right with Bruegeman having to hold up at third. Anderson doubled to left to score 2 runs and give Prairie a 30-29 lead. Hinkelman then hit a long fly ball to deep right center that apparently hit one of the heating units next to the school building and bounced back into the field. At first it appeared he had a double but after the umpires discussed what they saw it was ruled a 2-run homer giving Prairie a 32-29 lead.
For the bottom of the 6th Prairie put Bruegeman on the mound as he still had 2 innings of availability.
He gave up a leadoff walk then got an out. A single to right plus an error on the play scored a run but then Bruegeman got a pair of strikeouts to end the inning.
They tried to start the seventh inning but after the second baseman lost a fly ball the game was called due to darkness with Prairie getting the win.
Anderson wound up as the winning pitcher with Bruegeman adding a save to his earlier win.
Prairie had 19 hits in the game and drew 21 walks. Hinkelman hit for the cycle as he had a homer, triple, double and 2 singles and 5 RBI. Perrin and Bruner each had 3 singles and 4 RBI. John Mager had 3 singles and 2 RBI. Anderson had a single and a double and 3 RBI. Peery had 2 doubles and an RBI. Bruegeman had a single and an RBI. Higgins had 2 RBI and Daniel Mager had an RBI.
Prairie pitchers gave up 22 hits and 11 walks with 8 strikeouts. 
Prairie   6 1 10   1 10 4—32 19   8
Kamiah 2 1   7 12   7 1—30 22 10
At Nezperce
It didn’t take long for Prairie to top the 32 run total they rang up the night before against Kamiah as they routed Nezperce 34-4 at Nezperce Friday, April 17.
An already thin pitching staff for Nezperce was stretched even thinner by the doubleheader they had the night before. Prairie jumped on them for 10 runs in the first inning and rang up 13 more in the second. 
Brandon Anderson gets a hit at Nezperce.Prairie also had a doubleheader the previous night but John Mager was able to get through a rocky first inning and pitch a 5-inning 2-hitter.
Anderson and Hinkelman each had a pair of singles in the opening inning while Bruegeman had a 2 run double and Peery had a 1-run double. Perrin added a 2-run single and Bruner also had an RBI single as Prairie took a 10-0 lead.
John Mager walked 2 and hit 2 as each of Nezperce’s first 4 batters reached base. One run scored on a bases loaded hit by pitch and the other came in on a wild pitch. Mager then got a pair of strikeouts and a short fly ball to shortstop to get out of the inning.
After sending 15 hitters to the plate in the first inning, Prairie sent 18 to the plate in the second as they batted around twice. There were 8 walks and 2 errors in the inning. Peery and Hinkelman each had a single and a double and 3 RBI in the inning. Bruegeman had the only other hit in the inning, an RBI single. Perrin and John Mager each added an RBI on bases loaded walks.
Mager meanwhile gave up a 2 out single in the second inning but otherwise sailed through the 2nd and 3rd innings.
Prairie added 5 more runs in the third . Bruegeman had a 2-run triple while Anderson had a double and Peery and Hinkelman a single each. 2 walks and 2 hit batters contributed to the scoring.
Prairie made it a 33-2 lead in the top of the fourth with 5 more runs on just 2 hits as 5 more walks and 2 more hit batters contributed. Peery had an RBI double and Bruner an RBI single for the only hits of the inning.
Nezperce pushed across another run in the bottom of the fourth thanks to a leadoff walk, stolen base and a double.
In the fifth  Prairie added 3 more hits but just 1 run as two outs were recorded at home plate. Bobby Hood, John Mager and Arnzen each had a single in the inning. Higgins scored the lone run after reaching on an error to lead off the inning.
Mager gave up 1 more run in the bottom of the inning on another leadoff walk that came around to score.
Mager wound up allowing just 2 hits with 4 walks and 2 hit batters and 10 strikeouts. 4 of those strikeouts were called third strikes.
Prairie pounded out 22 hits led by Peery who had 3 doubles and 2 singles and 6 RBI. Hinkelman had a double and 4 singles and 4 RBI. Bruegeman had a triple, double and single and 5 RBI. Anderson had a double and 2 singles. Bruner had 2 singles and 2 RBI. Perrin had a single and 2 RBI. Arnzen, Mager and Hood each had a single.
Prairie    10 13 5 5 1—34 22 1
Nezperce 2   0 0 1 1—  4   2 8
At Potlatch
Saturday, April 18 Prairie made the trip north to Potlatch where they split a league doubleheader losing the first game 3-13 then coming back to win the second on a run in the bottom of the 8th 2-1.
In the opener Potlatch got to starter Daniel Mager for 7 runs in the bottom of the second inning and added 4 more in the fourth to end the game on the 10-run rule after 6 innings. Bruner pitched the final 2 innings allowing just 1 run.
Prairie had 7 hits, all singles, but could score only single runs in each of the first, third and fifth innings. 
Hinkelman had 2 singles while Bruegeman, Perrin, John Mager and Arnzen had 1 each.
In the second game Bruegeman pitched a gem as he gave up just a first inning run and shut down the Loggers the rest of the way, allowing just 6 hits.
Prairie tied the score with a run in the bottom of the second and neither team could score until the bottom of the eighth when Bruner scored the game-winning run.
Prairie had 6 hits in the game as well, again all singles. Bruner and Nick Mager had 2 singles each while Hinkelman and John Mager each had a single.
Game 1
Prairie   1 0 1 0 1 0—  3   7 3
Potlatch 1 7 0 4 0 1—13 12 2
Game 2
Potlatch 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0—1 6 0
Prairie   0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1—2 6 4
Vs. Genesee
In a league game against Genesee Monday, April 20, Prairie got to be the team on the short end of a rout as they lost 4-24 at Cottonwood.
Genesee scored 6 runs in the first inning and 9 more in the second against starter John Mager. They added another 5 in the third and 4 in the fourth against Bruner. Anderson finished up the game by retiring the side in order in the fifth.
Prairie meanwhile was held to just a pair of 2-out singles through the first 3 innings.
They finally broke through in the fourth as Anderson drew a leadoff walk and Hinkelman and Hood each followed with a single. Hood’s single score Anderson with Prairie’s first run of the game. Ball magnet Tillinghast was hit by a pitch to load the bases and Arnzen followed an out later with a 2-run single.
Prairie added a final run in the fifth as Anderson singled, moved to second on a groundout and scored on another single by Hood.
Genesee had 17 hits while Prairie had 7. Anderson had a pair of singles and scored twice. Hood had 2 singles and 2 RBI. Arnzen had a 2 RBI single and Hinkelman and John Mager each added a single.
Prairie is now 6-8 on the season and 6-4 in league play.
Genesee 6 9 5 4 0—24 17 0
Prairie    0 0 0 3 1—  4   7 2

Shortstop Devin Bruegeman tosses the ball to second baseman Nick Mager for a forceout in the Genesee game. In the background is rightfielder Jace Perrin.
Devin Bruegeman steals second against Kamiah.
Devin Bruegeman had a couple of great outings on the mound last week. Here he is seen during his shutout of Kamiah. On Saturday he allowed 1 run in 8 innings as Prairie beat Potlatch.
John Mager pitches at Nezperce where he got all kinds of run support.
Terran Peery had an adventure catching a fly ball in center against Genesee. He made the catch and wound up tumbling to the ground.

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, details next week
23-Highland, here, 4:30 p.m.
24-McCall-Donnelly, here, V & JV, 4 p.m.
27-at Troy, 4 p.m.
28-Nezperce, here, 4:30 p.m.
30-at Genesee, 4:30 p.m.
2-Timberline, here, 2-V, 11 a.m.
5-9-District at Lewiston
14-16-State at Caldwell

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