Culver baseball splits double header with Lakeview
Culver's home-opener, a doubleheader against Lakeview on Tuesday, March 20, was a promising sign for its offense, but as the team saw during the course of the afternoon, it still has areas to shore up, particularly on the defensive and pitching side.
Culver beat Lakeview 13-3 in game one, and Lakeview won the second game 13-7.
To the Bulldogs' credit, however, their offense was on a roll during various stretches of both games.
In game one, Culver broke a 2-2 tie in the third inning when Cole Little blasted a 2-RBI double to deep center field.
Then in the bottom of the fifth inning, Weston Basl's single into shallow left field gave Tadd Anderson enough room to score from third, giving the Bulldogs a 5-2 lead.
In the sixth inning, Jamal Ortiz came on to relieve Little, who posted an impressive 1.40 ERA with nine strikeouts and only one earned run.
Ortiz hit three straight batters soon after entering the game, the last one allowing Lakeview to draw within 5-3, with the bases loaded. But Ortiz got out of the jam, as he fielded two straight ground balls from the mound, throwing out one runner at home and another at first base.
From there, the Bulldogs turned to their bats, racking up six runs in the bottom half of the inning to put the game out of reach.
In the second game of the doubleheader, Lakeview jumped on top 5-1 after the first inning, but Culver responded directly afterward, with a four-run second inning.
With Culver holding a 7-6 lead in the sixth inning, Lakeview had another big inning with six runs, and added another in the seventh inning. The Bulldogs were unable to tack on any more runs.
Cord Gomes and Anderson had two RBIs apiece, while Joe Russo and Little each chipped in one.