The Culver baseball team needed to win one game against league opponent Colton during their recent three-game series if they wanted to make the playoffs.
Culver won two of their three games and played Central Linn (14-6 overall, 10-4 league play), Monday, May 20. (Culver beat Central Linn 13-1. A full story on the game will appear in the May 29 Pioneer.)
The Bulldogs played a doubleheader against Colton in Culver, May 14. They took care of the business of making it to the playoffs by winning the first game 11-2, but then lost the second game 7-2.
Cord Gomes pitched the entire first game for Culver, recording 10 strikeouts.
The Bulldogs started the game strong, scoring four runs in the first inning and two runs in the third inning, taking an early lead. Culver scored three runs in the fifth inning and two runs in the sixth inning, helping secure a victory and a playoff appearance.
"We had to win one game in order to make the playoffs," Graves said. "We came out in the first game hitting the ball really well. The team hit the ball almost every inning."
Senior Joe Russo led the Bulldogs at the plate, going 3-for-4 with two singles and a double. Brayden Macy went 3-for-5 with three singles at the plate, while senior Cylus Hoke was 2-for-5 on the day.
Culver lost their senior night game 7-2 to Colton during their second game of the doubleheader. The Bulldogs honored nine seniors this season.
"It was senior night and we just clinched a playoff spot," said Graves. "We played all the seniors and put in some of the guys that don't always see playing time. They were able to get an opportunity to log some varsity time and get some at-bats."
"Jamal Ortiz pitched for us and pitched pretty good, but there were some errors behind him," he said. "It was some stuff that we talked about heading into the playoffs and things we need to clean up."
In the Bulldogs' last game of the regular season, Culver traveled to Sandy to play Colton, due to weather conditions.
Colton had the lead over the Bulldogs for most of the game, putting up five of their seven runs in the first two innings of the game.
"We were just making careless errors," Graves said. "Tadd Anderson was pitching really well, but there were too many errors behind him. The team stuck in there and plugged away."
Culver was down 7-5 in the seventh inning, before the Bulldogs were able to put up four runs and secure a 9-7 victory.
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