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It's been a strange short season for the Bulldogs, and its ending matches the theme

COURTESY GRAPHIC  - Culver had a wild baseball season After winning an extra inning contest against Western Christian in the last game of the regular season, the Culver Bulldogs earned the right to keep playing in the Class 2A title week games.

On Tuesday, May 18, the Bulldogs traveled to Heppner and gave the Mustangs all they could handle. Culver was in the game until the end, but came out on the short end of a 6-5 contest.

"Defensively we had some costly errors that they capitalized on," Culver head coach Joey Graves said. "Both Brody Little and Logan Macy threw well, but Heppner did a good job of putting the ball in play."

Little pitched the first three innings of the game, while Macy threw the final three innings.

Little went 1-3 at the plate with an RBI, while Macy was 1-2 with an RBI double. Trevor Smith, Gabe Wilson and Brody Piercy all went 1-3 with an RBI each.

Despite the loss, the Bulldogs had earned the right to play a pair of games on Saturday at Pleasant Hill.

In their opening game on Saturday, the Bulldogs came away with an extra inning win, scoring four runs in the top of the eighth to take a 13-9 victory over Lost River.

The Bulldogs trailed 7-3 after two innings, but were able to fight their way back into the game. In the seventh, Culver led 9-8, but Lost River scored a run in the bottom half of the inning to send the game into extra innings.

That led to the Bulldogs extra inning heroics.

Little pitched the first five innings, striking out nine and walking two. Bowen Nelson pitched the next two innings, striking out five and also walking two. Anthony Hood then pitched the eighth inning, holding Lost River scoreless to earn the win.

"This game was a big win for us," Graves said.

Offensively Macy went 3-4 at the plate with four runs and three RBIs, while Little was 2-4 with a pair of runs scored. Nelson also went 2-4 with a pair of runs and one RBI.

In their final game of the tournament the Bulldogs played Toledo, and once again were in the game to the end, but came out on the short end of another 6-5 game.

Macy threw five innings of shutout ball, but then Toledo exploded for six innings in the sixth inning to take the lead.

Hood went 2-3 at the plate scoring a pair of runs, while Little was 2-3 with two runs and an RBI. Nelson also went 2-3 with a pair of RBIs, while Smith went 2-4 in the game.

"It was a tough way to end the season," Graves said. "But our guys battled the entire game. Overall, I am very proud of how we played this season. Our guys started the season with a successful record, went into a two week shutdown (due to a COVID outbreak in the school) and still managed to make the playoffs and extend their season to the final day. The seniors led the team both on and off the field. They are a special group of young men."


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