Culver goes 6-0 in league, faces 6-0 Sherman next
Culver baseball completed another league opponent sweep, Saturday, April 28, at home. The Bulldogs beat Heppner 10-6 in their first game of a doubleheader and won 10-5 in the second game. The Bulldogs are now 6-0 in league, 10-4 overall.
Cord Gomes took the mound in the first game and did well. Gomes saw 19 batters and struck out nine in five innings, only allowing one earned run.
"I felt confident coming into today's game," said Gomes. "This was actually my first game starting."
Culver took a commanding 5-0 lead in the first inning, but Heppner responded with two runs of their own. The score was 5-2 at the end of the second inning.
Anthony Hood was walked and Tadd Anderson hit a double, putting runners in scoring position for Culver. Joe Russo stepped up and hit a deep triple to center field, scoring both Hood and Anderson. Russo was hit home by a Weston Basl shot to shallow center.
The Bulldogs took an 8-2 lead at the end of the third inning.
Heppner hit two RBIs in the fifth inning and a two-RBI double in the sixth inning, cutting Culver's lead down 8-6.
The Bulldogs responded quickly, scoring two more runs that were set up by two bunts in the bottom of the sixth inning. Cole Little started things off with a line drive hit up the middle. Gomes laid down a perfect bunt for a base hit, putting runners on first and second.
Jamal Ortiz followed up with a sacrifice bunt to advance both runners. Jordan Bender stepped into the batter's box and hit an RBI, scoring Little, and Brody Little hit an RBI base hit to right field to give the Bulldogs a 10-6 lead.
Basl finished the game 1-for-4 with two RBIs and Russo also hit 1-for-4 with two RBIs and a triple. Jordan Bender hit 2-for-4 with two RBIs and Cole Little, Brody Little and Ortiz all contributed with an RBI.
Heppner and Culver were both held scoreless in the last inning as the Bulldogs won 10-6.
"We played a good game; we did not have a lot of errors," said coach Shea Little. 'We had a good mental approach at the plate; that is something we have been working on."
Cole Little, Bender and Ortiz all pitched in the second game. Little pitched three innings, Bender three innings, and Ortiz one. They combined for nine strikeouts in the game.
In the second game Culver took another lead early, scoring three runs in the first inning. The Bulldogs scored on a passed ball for their first run. Cole Little hit an RBI to shallow left field and Ortiz hit an RBI ground ball up the middle.
Heppner scored one run in the second inning, from a passed ball, cutting the lead down 3-1.
In the bottom of the second inning,. Russo hit an RBI ground ball up the middle. Cole Little and Basl both hit RBIs, from Heppner errors, to put the Bulldogs up 6-1.
Heppner hit another RBI in the third inning, from a ground ball.
Anderson stepped up to the plate and delivered a two-RBI hit to deep right center field and Basl hit an RBI in the gap between left and center, giving the Bulldogs a 10-2 lead at the end of the third inning.
Culver was held scoreless the rest of the game and Heppner managed to squeeze in one run in the sixth inning and two in the seventh.
Anderson hit 3-for-3 with two RBIs and Basl went 2-for-3 with two doubles and two RBIs. Russo went 2-for-4 and Cole Little added a hit for an RBI.
The Bulldogs won 10-5.
"We had a good lead, which allowed us to put some of our young guys in," said coach Shea Little. "The team still did not have a ton of errors, just a few at the end."
When asked about how the team will prepare for Sherman (6-0 in league, 11-2, overall), Little responded, "We just have to improve every day; improve our approach and our errors. This will be a battle for first; it's a big game."
"We are really confident to play Sherman," said Gomes. "If we make an error we have to keep our heads up; we cannot get down"
Culver beat Heppner 8-2, in Heppner, Tuesday, April 24.
Senior pitcher Cole Little pitched six innings and recorded 10 strikeouts, only allowing three hits and one earned run.
Little and Basl led the way for the Bulldogs, offensively, both going 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Russo hit 2-for-4 with two RBIs and scored two runs.
Bender, Anderson, Hood and Brody Little each had one hit for Culver. The Bulldogs recorded 12 hits and six RBIs as a team.