Bulldogs knock down Knights
CHS falls in two SD2 games, playoff chances take a hit
The Culver High School baseball team lost a Special District 2 matchup against Western Mennonite, 14-7, last Monday in Culver, but picked up a nonconference win against Irrigon, 10-7, last Tuesday in Irrigon.
Against the Pioneers at home April 22, the teams were tied headed into the seventh inning, but Mennonite exploded for seven runs in the final frame to take the win.
Kyle Bender, Clay Gibson and Wyatt Rufener each drove in a pair of runs for the Bulldogs. Rufener hit a two-run double in the first inning, while Bender and Gibson picked up two run-scoring hits.
Bender drove home a run with a double in the fourth inning, then plated one with a single in the sixth. Gibson hit RBI singles in the first and third innings.
The Bulldogs couldn't overcome the futility of the bottom of its lineup, however. The 7-8-9 hitters for the Bulldogs went a combined 1 for 10, with No. 9 hitter Denton Schonneker picking up the only hit for the bunch.
Bender finished the game 4 for 4 with a double and two RBIs, and Joe Daugherty continued his hot hitting with a 2-for-3 day. Gibson was 2 for 4 and Gonzalez's double was his only hit of the game.
On the hill for Culver, starting pitcher Adam Knepp went just two innings and faced 10 batters.
He struck out three, walked just one and allowed three runs on two hits.
Gonzalez came in behind Knepp and finished the game, allowing 11 runs on nine hits in 29 batters faced. He struck out three and walked one. Eight of the 11 runs surrendered by Gonzalez were earned.
Against Irrigon on the road, despite 12 fielding errors, the Bulldogs pounded out 13 hits, but the pitching of Gibson and Bender kept the Bulldogs on top.
Gibson tossed the first three innings and allowed a pair of hits in 15 batters faced. He struck out four and walked just one in 60 pitches of work before giving way to Bender.
Bender finished the game on the hill and struck out four and walked two in 20 batters faced. He threw 66 pitches, 42 for strikes, and didn't allow any earned runs.
At the plate, Gibson was 3 for 3 with an RBI and three runs scored. He also stole four bases.
Gonzalez was 2 for 3 with a double, triple, two RBIs, three runs scored and four stolen bases for the Bulldogs.
Regis 6, Culver 3
Late Monday in Stayton, the Bulldogs dropped a SD2 game to Regis, 6-3, in Regis.
Regis scored four runs in the first inning to take control of the ballgame.
Culver, again, had trouble fielding the ball. They committed five errors.
Culver is now 3-6 in league play, and 8-9 overall.