Little blasts homer, triple in win

The Culver High School softball team thought they were going to play twice last week, something coach Kevin Urbach said the team needed to stay sharp. Instead, they played just one after Country Christian canceled the remainder of their softball season.

The game the Bulldogs played, however, ended up a 6-1 win against Central Linn on Tuesday in Culver.

"We just need to keep playing," Urbach said. "Taking a few days off from games since Country Christian canceled is the worst thing for us."

Urbach said he felt that way for a couple reasons. One, he found an alignment defensively he liked and wanted to try it again before they met league powers Kennedy and Perrydale. And two, he wanted the team to stay sharp offensively.

Urbach said he moved senior utility player Marie Schumacher to shortstop and Josie Harrison to the outfield, which strengthened the outfield quite a bit, he said.

"That's where we have been hurting," Urbach said. "But if we're able to make outs in the outfield, that's going to change the game now."

Harrison made a couple of nice plays in the outfield, Urbach said, and the balls she caught probably would have dropped in for base hits earlier in the season.

Culver smacked 11 hits in the contest, so Urbach was pleased with the offense, but he said he wasn't all that thrilled with the handful of called third strikes his players took.

"We've been breaking down our swings to the basics, so that has helped," he said. "But we are still looking at too many third strikes."

Sara McKinney struck out eight Central Linn hitters to earn the pitching win

Shealene Little led the offensive attack with a 3-run home run and a triple. She ended the day going 3 for 4 and was a double shy of hitting for the cycle.

Alysha Fritz also had a good day at the plate for the Bulldogs with two hits. McKinney hit an RBI doubler to help her own cause.

With Perrydale and Kennedy looming this week, both road games, Urbach said the team has a lineup they like and plan to stick with, barring something catastrophic.

"If we can get through this week, we should be right in the middle of everything," Urbach said. "If we settle down and play defense, things should be pretty interesting."

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