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Two homers by Hensley Watcher lead the Bulldogs to a win over Redmond; go 1-1-1 during the week

LON AUSTIN  - Hensley Watcher belts one of her two first-inning home runs against Redmond.After dropping a pair of games to Ridgeview in the opening week of OSAA Season One softball, the Culver Bulldogs rebounded to go 1-1-1 in games this past week.

The Bulldogs picked up their first win of the season on Monday when they whipped Redmond 22-5. Tuesday, the Bulldogs tied Ridgeview 14-14, before falling to Redmond 27-7 Wednesday evening.

"I thought we did a great job as a team both offensively and defensively," Culver head coach TJ Foltz said following Monday's game. "Our confidence continued to grow after each inning and we never looked back after scoring five runs in the first."

After scoring five runs in the opening stanza, the Bulldogs exploded for nine in the second. Redmond got on the board with two in the third inning and three in the fourth before Culver closed out the game with eight runs in the top of the fourth inning.

Hensley Watcher picked up the win in the pitching circle for the Bulldogs, while Brylah Quamme pitched an inning of relief. Watcher also went 3-for-4 from the plate, including a pair of home runs in the second inning. Tegan Macy and Arianna Reyes also went 3-for-4 from the plate. As a team, the Bulldogs ripped 24 hits compared to just five for the Panthers.

Tuesday's game, was tight throughout with neither team able to gain an advantage. Culver held a late lead, but the Ravens scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game, which was then called because of darkness.

"We played them last Friday and they beat us, so we were looking for revenge," Foltz said. "We played much better this time around and the game was back and fourth all game."

Foltz noted that Shanti Rosales led the team at bat in the contest.

Wednesday the Bulldogs came out on fire, scoring a pair of runs in the bottom of the first inning to take an early lead against the Panthers. Redmond scored three runs in the third to take a lead, but the Bulldogs battled back, scoring two more runs in the third to retake the lead.

Unfortunately, Culver made too many mistakes late in the game, giving up nine runs in the fourth and 15 in the sixth as Redmond pulled away late to take the win.

Redmond scored their 27 runs on just seven hits, while the Bulldogs had nine hits, but struggled to string hits together to score runs.

Quamme went 2-for-2 at the plate, while Teagan Towell also had a pair of hits, going 2-for-3.

"We had our chances, but couldn't take advantage early on," Foltz said. "Redmond did a great job of capitalizing on our mishaps and the score shows that. I thought we fought the whole game, but couldn't score runs when we needed to."

The Bulldogs played at Crook County on Monday, then close out their regular season on Friday when they go on the road again to take on the Sisters Outlaws in a 4:30 p.m. game.

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