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Culver Bulldog baseball team had a 4-1 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth inning.

PHIL HAWKINS - Jamal Ortiz fields a ball during Culver's 7-4 loss to Kennedy.Culver baseball lost 7-4 in the state playoffs against Kennedy on May 23.

The Bulldogs had a 4-1 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth innings, but a four-error inning helped Kennedy score six runs, taking a 7-4 lead.

Cole Little and Cord Gomes took the mound for Culver. Little and Gomes combined for five strikeouts in six innings pitched.

Offensively, Tadd Anderson hit a two-run homer and Little hit an RBI to go up 4-1.PHIL HAWKINS - Tadd Anderson hit a two-run homer in Culver's first state playoff game since 2001.

In the bottom of the sixth Culver made a couple bad throws and miscommunications, allowing Kennedy to take the lead.

"It was just the little things," said coach Shea Little. "Those errors cost us, but the team stayed mentally strong coming out in the seventh inning."

Culver recorded nine hits on the game, four of them coming from Little and Anthony Hood. Hood went 2-for-3 with one run scored and Little went 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI. Anderson hit two runs in on this home run and Weston Basl, Joe Russo, Jamal Ortiz and Jordan Bender all recorded hits for the Bulldogs.

"This was a tough week, we lost to Elgin earlier and we had a team meeting and I told them there was still a chance we could make the playoffs," said Little.PHIL HAWKINS - Trevor Smith throws the ball to first in the Bulldogs' state playoff game.

The Bulldogs practiced all week long, not sure if they were in the playoffs. They added an extra game against Crook County on May 16, losing 5-4.

"The team did a good job handling a tough situation," said Little. "It was definitely a cool experience for these kids to go to the playoff for the first time in 17 years."

"When they found out we were in they were jacked up," Little said. "Ready to go, telling each other to get after it."

"The team played well," Little said. "They could have gone out there and got smoked, Kennedy was a good team, hit well, played good in the field. It was definitely good baseball."PHIL HAWKINS - Cole Little pitches against Kennedy in the state playoffs.

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