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La Pine Hawks take control in late innings of game, defeat Culver Bulldogs 14-7.

STEELE HAUGEN - Senior Cylus Hoke went 3-for-4 with four RBIs during the Bulldogs' 14-7 loss to La Pine April 30.The Bulldogs took on a tough 3A La Pine team April 30, losing to the No. 2-ranked Hawks 14-7 in La Pine.

La Pine hit the ball very well to start the game, scoring four runs in the first two innings of play. The Bulldogs were able to score one run in the first inning and exploded for five runs in the third inning, taking a 6-4 lead.

Culver took a 7-4 lead heading into the bottom of the fifth, but La Pine had two big innings, scoring five runs in both the fifth and sixth.

The Bulldogs couldn't come back in the seventh inning.

"We played really solid and hit the ball really well those first five innings," head coach Joey Graves said. "They brought in a good pitcher to close and he was really effective against us at the plate."

Cylus Hoke led the Bulldogs, going 3-for-4 with four RBIs, while Tadd Anderson went 2-for-4 with a double.

The Bulldogs only had one game in the week and used their time off to work hard in practice.

"We took a day to work on only defensive stuff and a day of only hitting," Graves said. "We put both of those practices together for a day and had some pretty good practices."

"I think we are looking pretty solid," he said. "We are putting all the pieces together. The La Pine score doesn't really show it, but we played really good baseball that day. If we can put together that type of game, I think we will be pretty successful these next couple weeks."

Culver (11-9 overall, 9-3 league play) has a tough task ahead as it takes on the No. 2-ranked 2A Kennedy Trojans (19-2 overall, 12-0 league play) next.

The Bulldogs host the Trojans at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 9, and travel to Mount Angel to play Kennedy Friday, May 10.

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