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Prairie High School - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Prairie's young hurlers stop Lions

Shelby Frederick has not attended any classes at Cedar Rapids Prairie yet and barely knows her way around the school.

The eighth grader certainly knows her way around a softball field, however.

Frederick tossed a one-hitter Thursday night as the 10th-ranked Prairie Hawks blanked Linn-Mar, 8-0, in a game that was stopped in the top of the seventh inning after Linn-Mar shortstop Katie Sommer was injured on a freak play.

Natalie Halvorson, just a ninth grader at Prairie, also pitched a strong game as the Hawks took the opener, 7-2.

Frederick will be a freshman at Prairie this fall, but graduated eighth graders are eligible for high school softball and she's making the most of her early opportunity.



Prairie swept by No. 1 Hempstead

The Cedar Rapids Prairie baseball team put up a good fight against top-ranked Dubuque Hempstead Wednesday night but dropped both ends of a Mississippi Valley Conference twinbill at Prairie, 8-7 and 5-2.

The Hawks (6-14, 5-9) trailed 8-3 in the opener, but they scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to pull within 8-7. The rally ended there, however.

Trey Beckman drove in three runs for Prairie in the first game. Cal Clark, Casey Hook and Ben Boldt had two hits. Boldt socked a solo home run.

Prairie scored first in the nightcap, but Hempstead scored four times in the middle innings to take a 4-1 lead. The Hawks made it 4-2, but Hempstead scored again in the top of the seventh.

Nic Mougin and JP Havel-Pisarik had two hits for Prairie in the second game.

Game 1

Hempstead    040 130 0 - 8 11 0
Prairie      020 140 0 - 7 10 3

W - Greenwald. L - Rima.

Game 2

Hempstead    000 220 1 - 5 7 2
Prairie      001 001 0 - 2 8 3

W - Duax. L - Beckman. S - Bortscheller.


Drahozal stars as Saints sweep Hawks

Pity the softball team that plays Xavier after the Saints have had a few days off.

“We hadn’t played a game since last Wednesday, and we were just anxious to go out and get at it,” Xavier all-stater Erin Drahozal said Tuesday night after her usual stellar performance in a 9-3 and 7-2 sweep of Prairie on the Hawks home field.

She was so itchy to see action that she showed up Monday night to watch Prairie take two from Kennedy. The scouting mission obviously paid off.

On the mound in the opener against Prairie, she had one bad pitch that led to a long three-run homer to left by the normally light-hitting Amanda Stecklein. Otherwise, Drahozal (11-2) pretty much bamboozled the Hawks, especially power hitters Gabi Carter and Natalie Rumer.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 June 2014 23:08



Hawks sweep Cougars with 'small ball'

Prairie second baseman Amanda Stecklein is such an old-school ballplayer that she’s the only one on her team who bats bare-handed without hitting gloves.

And the way the Hawks swept Kennedy 8-1 and 6-1 Monday night suited her style of play to a T.

They won by playing “small ball” that would have made Ty Cobb proud. Even with all those runs, they hardly hit anything out of the infield.

Instead, they capitalized on Cougar errors, aggressive baserunning, bunts, walks and a whole bunch of grounders they beat out for infield hits.

“That’s not the way we usually win,” said Stecklein, who scored four times and knocked in two runs on a pair of ground balls. “But we still made it work. Coach (Joe) Yegge always tells us that if we get the bat on the ball and put it in play, good things will happen.”

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 June 2014 09:56



Prairie gets on track with 2 wins

WATERLOO - Cedar Rapids Prairie picked up a pair of much-needed victories Monday by sweeping a Mississippi Valley Conference doubleheader from Waterloo East, 4-2 and 7-2.

The victories lifted the Hawks to 6-12 overall and 5-7 in the MVC.

Jalen Rima went 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs in the first game. Cal Clark and Nick Benson also had two hits. Ben Milks got the victory in relief when Prairie rallied from an early 2-0 deficit in the 4-2 triumph.

Rima went 2-for-2 and scored three times in the second game. Benson had two more hits. Nic Mougin, Milks and JP Havel-Pisarik had two RBIs.

Mougin was touched for two unearned runs in five innings in the nightcap and got the victory. Milks returned to the mound and tossed two scoreless frames for a save.

Game 1

Prairie        000 030 1 - 4 9 0
Waterloo East  020 000 0 - 2 5 5

W - Milks. L - Magnuson.

Game 2

Prairie        301 000 3 - 7 10 2
Waterloo East  200 000 0 - 2 2 4

W - Mougin. L - Scribbner. S - Milks.


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