Culver looks to win out


Things are tightening up atop the Class 2A Special District 2 baseball standings. Unfortunately for Culver, there was no ground made up over the last week.

With four teams fighting for just three postseason berths, the Bulldogs went 1-1 in league play and actually lost a little bit of ground in the standings. Culver beat East Linn 12-0 Monday night, but it was a 20-0 loss at Country Christian on Friday that hurt.

With two weeks left in the regular season, Kennedy sits atop the conference at 14-1. Regis is 14-2 and Country Christian is third at 13-3. Culver is now two games back at 11-5.

"We need some help. We need Country to mess up a little bit," Culver coach Nick Viggiano said. "At this point, we have to win out."

But it will be tough. Country Christian beat Culver twice, and although it lost to Kennedy Monday, has just one tough game left on its schedule, Friday at Regis.

The Bulldogs have two winnable games this week and close out with home games against Regis and Kennedy next week.

"The guys are still focused; they know what we have to do," Viggiano said. "We just have to take it one game at a time and see what happens with the rest of the league."

Monday at East Linn, Adam Knepp allowed just one hit over five innings, that one coming in the final inning.

And he had all the offense he would need.

Kyle Bender went 3 for 4 with a triple and drove in four runs, while Clay McClure was also 3 for 4 with a double and drove in a pair of runs. Mack Little added three hits for the Bulldogs.

The loss Friday was more about Country Christian than anything, Viggiano said. He said his team didn't play bad defense or pitch that badly; the Cougars simply did nothing wrong.

"They hit the crap out of the ball," Viggiano said. "Everything was in the gaps."

The Bulldogs play host to Delphian Wednesday and are at Perrydale Friday.

"Every game from here on out means everything," Viggiano said.