Bulldogs looking at tough road trips later in week

The Culver High School baseball team split league games with a 12-1 win against Central Linn last Tuesday, followed by a 6-3 loss to Country Christian on Friday.

Country Christian sophomore pitcher Jordan Syphard held the Bulldogs in check for six innings, notching eight strikeouts and allowing three hits, but the real issue for the Bulldogs was fielding errors.

All six of the Cougars' runs were unearned, and Culver committed eight errors to create its own doom.

Gerson Gonzalez threw 4 2/3 innings and scattered six hits, but couldn't do much with the porous defense behind him.

The Bulldogs scored one run in the sixth on a productive out from Wyatt Rufener, then tacked on two more in the seventh in one final rally that sent eight hitters to the plate.

Jack Beeler, Tristan Bogart and Denton Schonneker each hit singles to load the bases with no outs, then Joe Daugherty drove in a run with a single of his own.

Gonzalez plated Bogart with a single, but the next two Bulldogs struck out to end the rally.

Culver outhit the Cougars, 8-7, but left nine runners on base.

Schonneker went 2 for 3 from the No. 9 spot in the lineup to lead the Bulldogs at the plate.

Culver 12, Central Linn 1

The Bulldogs blew up for nine runs in the fourth inning to turn a close game into a blowout Tuesday against the Cobras.

Kyle Bender provided the big shot in the Bulldogs' offense with a 3-run double in the frame. Ryan Fritz hit a 2-run single, as did Rufener, along with Garrett Stills' RBI single.

Adam Knepp also hit an RBI double for the Bulldogs.

Culver sent 13 hitters to the plate in the inning, recording seven hits.

Fritz doubled home Daugherty in the first inning, then later scored on a Bender sacrifice fly.

Gonzalez needed just 36 pitches to get through three innings before Knepp came in to shut the game down.

For the Bulldogs, Fritz was 2 for 3, with three RBIs, and Knepp was 2 for 2.

Culver hits the road for its next two league games. The first will be Wednesday at St. Paul, and the second at defending state champion Kennedy on Friday.

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