The Culver baseball team felt the sting of a top-rated 2A team, getting swept by the Kennedy Trojans.
Culver and Kennedy played their first game at Mount Angel May 6, and the Bulldogs lost to the Trojans 13-6.
"We hit the ball pretty good that game," head coach Joey Graves said. "The team had six doubles in game one. Kennedy is just a solid team that hit the ball well also and executed defensively. They capitalized on every mistake we made."
Joe Russo and Tad Anderson both led the Bulldogs with two doubles and an RBI at the plate.
After facing Kennedy once, the Bulldogs played at home against the Trojans, losing 15-5 May 9.
"We came out flat and they again capitalized on our mistakes," Graves said. "There was not a lot of positives in the second game, but it is baseball. It happens."
Braedan Macy went 2-for-3 with two singles and two RBIs for Culver.
Culver traveled to Mount Angel again May 10, and lost to Kennedy 12-2 in five innings.
"Kennedy threw a lot of strikes," Graves said. "Defensively, they are a sound squad that hits the ball exceptionally well. They are a tough team."
Macy went 2-for-2 and Russo had a triple on the day.
The Bulldogs moved to 11-12 overall, 9-6 in league play after the three losses and are in third place in their conference. Santiam is also 9-6 in league play this season, but was able to beat Culver twice this season.
Culver plays Colton (7-8 league play) next and needs to win at least one of the three games to make the postseason.
"These last three games we have are extremely important," Graves said. "We need at least one win to make the postseason. One solid win. We are going into the games with the mentality that we need to win all three games."
"Looking back at Kennedy, I told the guys that is how baseball goes," he said. "Move forward, flush it, and learn from it is what we need to do this week."
Culver has their senior night and last home games of the season in a doubleheader at home at 2 and 4 p.m. May 16.
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