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Playoff hopes just about dashed with loss to Regis

With its fourth consecutive loss, the Culver High School softball team is seeing its playoff hopes ride off into the sunset.

The Bulldogs fell 8-4 to the Regis Rams on Monday in Stayton, and outside of Sara McKinney's 4-for-4 day at the plate, Culver simply didn't get much offense, coach Kevin Urbach said.

"The bottom of our lineup just isn't producing," he said. "They are leaving it solely to the top of the lineup, and when they aren't hitting, we're in a bit of trouble."

Defensively, the Bulldogs are hurting a bit, too. After an injury to Josi Harrison put her in the dugout, Culver's outfield hasn't been the steadiest, Urbach said.

"That's kind of been our nemesis this season," Urbach said. "We just haven't been catching pop flies."

Culver's season has been one of trying to learn on the fly as much as possible. With a young team, and not many junior varsity games on the schedule to get everybody in a uniform some innings, Urbach said it has been a little challenging, but everyone is still progressing.

"We're learning every day," he said. "It seems like we just have to throw people into the fire a little bit, then try to pick up the pieces when we're all done."

Last Tuesday against Western Mennonite, Culver held a lead, but a bad inning cost the Bulldogs a potential league victory.

Urbach said that game was indicative of how the season has gone for the Bulldogs.

"We have one bad inning, and that's pretty much that," he said. "It's a little discouraging, but we're so young that I think it won't happen as much in the future."

With a 2-6 record in the conference this season, they are just about out of the playoff hunt, so Urbach said they have turned their attention to try to be a spoiler.

"We want to keep trying to win games and play hard," Urbach said. "We talked about it after the (Regis) game, and decided that we want to try to spoil someone's playoff run, rather than just roll over and be done."

The Bulldogs are on the road at 4 p.m. Wednesday in Halsey to take on Central Linn.

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