The Culver baseball team needed its upperclassmen in order to have a successful season.
Conversely to 2016, in which head coach Shea Little more evenly distributed playing time amongst his team, earning a spot on the field was a more difficult task.
The Bulldogs had a formidable group of juniors and seniors that helped the team to a 13-9, 10-6 Special District record and earn a league play-in game against Sherman.
Although their season ended in Sherman with a 4-3 loss, the Bulldogs had a lot to be proud of this spring.
Three of their players — Cole Little, Mack Little and Brogan Alegre — were all integral parts of the team, and did enough to warrant SD6 All-League honors.
Cole Little made the team as a second-team first baseman. Little had the team's highest fielding percentage (.930) of any Bulldog who appeared in more than 15 of the team's 22 games.
He made 12 appearances on the mound with a team-best 1.11 ERA and held a 3-2 record for the year. Offensively, Little had a .338 batting average and 12 RBIs to go along with five extra-base hits.
Splitting time with Cole Little at first base and pitcher, Alegre was an absolute ace on the mound.
The senior had an 8-1 record for the year, while also throwing a team-high 42 strikeouts and maintaining a 1.33 ERA, second only to Little.
In the last home start of his high school career May 12, Alegre held No. 1-ranked Dufur to four scoreless innings and helped the Bulldogs pull off the 17-2 upset, dealing the Rangers their only loss of the regular season.
Mack Little was instrumental in calling games from his natural catcher position, and had an .889 fielding percentage.
As a left-handed hitter, Little led the Bulldogs with a .458 batting average, 29 RBIs and 19 extra base hits.