Photo by Andrew Ottoson
Prairie pitcher Faith Uhlenkott boosted PHS past Potlatch on May 2.
As of Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Prairie appeared well on the way to a higher seed in the upcoming Whitepine League district tournament, but Potlatch held on to a slim lead in the league standings with a seven-run rally during the sixth inning Monday night, May 2, at Airport Park.
Having staked starting pitcher Hanna Ross to a 7-1 lead, the Pirates fell 10-8 after Potlatch turned a few freebies into a come-from-behind win.
Prairie led 3-1 after Hailey Danly, Ross and Faith Uhlenkott each singled and scored during the first inning. PHS escaped a one-out jam in the bottom of the first with a 4-3 double play, and the Prairie hitters extended the lead, notably on extra-base hits by Uhlenkott and Sammie Remacle.
Potlatch appeared doomed to mercy-rule defeat after Danly ripped one past the outfield and circled the bases, but the tune changed when Potlatch turned a bunt single into an easy run by way of some weak defense.
The Pirates left no room for doubt to creep into the second game, taking a 6-1 lead in the bottom of the first, to which PHS added two in the second, four in the third and three in the fourth.
Danly, Remacle Hanna Ross and Sarah Ross all belted extra-base hits and Uhlenkott held Potlatch scoreless to end the game early by way of the 10-run rule.
The split solidifies Potlatch’s place in the Whitepine League standings with a week left in the regular season.
Coming — Prairie (5-2) was set to play league-leading Genesee (8-0) after the print deadline on May 3. Potlatch (7-1) has a double-header against Genesee slated to be played today, May 4.
Prairie’s remaining opponents include home against Troy on May 5, a double-header at Culdesac May 6, and home against Nezperce May 9.