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Bulldogs stay in thick of race

Four games in four days will test the team's mettle


For ever action, there is an equal yet opposite reaction. The Culver baseball team knows this all too well.

Coming off the heels of a disappointing 7-1 loss to Regis last Friday, the Bulldogs rallied to beat St. Paul 10-8 Monday and stay in the mix for a playoff berth out of Class 2A Special District 2.

Culver scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth to complete a comeback that started out as a 4-0 hole after the top of the first inning.

While the comeback was nice to see, the Bulldogs took advantage of a couple of St. Paul errors to get the job done. First-year coach Nick Viggiano would rather not have to deal with games like this.

“I wish we didn’t have to come back like that,”?he said. “From here on out, we have to get all the wins we are definitely supposed to. If we do that, we’re still in a good spot to hopefully get that last (playoff) spot.”

With the win, Culver moves to 10-6 overall and 8-3 in league play. With four teams battling for just three playoff berths, wins are at a premium now.

And things don’t get any easier as the Bulldogs play four games in four days this week.

Culver had a big game late Tuesday at Kennedy and will close out the week with contests against Santiam and Western Mennonite.

The big question is, do the Bulldogs have enough arms to get them through this big week.

“I?told them to get home and get ice on their arms, because they will all be throwing at some point this week,”?Viggiano said.

Adam Knepp threw Tuesday and Viggiano said he will wait to see what happens to decide who would get the call next. One thing on Culver’s side is its vast collection of available pitchers. Kyle Bender, who threw four innings Monday, and Clay McClure, who tossed three and got the win, could go, as could Joe Daugherty.

Scoring runs should not be a problem.

Bender and Wyatt Rufener each drove in two Monday, while Mack Little, Denton Schonneker, McClure and Daugherty each knocked in one.

“We shouldn’t anticipate anything; anyone could beat us,”?Little said. “But we can beat anyone, too. We just need to stay focused and not think that (anyone) is any better than us.”

Culver will play host to Western Mennonite at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.




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