Wilson's no-hitter gets Culver baseball back on track at Sheridan
Following a disappointing loss to second-place Western Christian last week, Gabe Wilson and the Culver Bulldogs responded in near-perfect fashion.
On the road against Sheridan, Wilson threw a no-hitter as the Bulldogs clobbered the Spartans 12-0 on Tuesday, May 3. The Culver senior racked up 10 strikeouts while putting up zeroes in every other category, including the most important of all: the scoreboard. The only thing that kept Wilson from a perfect game on Tuesday was a dropped third strike in the bottom of the second inning, which opened the door for Sheridan's only baserunner of the game.
At the plate, the Macy brothers — senior Brayden and junior Logan — continued to lead the way as the team's most consistent offensive weapons. The elder Macy hit his third home run of the season on Tuesday against Sheridan, and he also picked up a double during a three-hit, three-RBI day. Logan, meanwhile, was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate with two stolen bases, four runs scored and an RBI of his own.
Aside from the hard-hitting Macy boys, the Bulldogs also showed good discipline at the plate as the Spartans struggled to find the strike zone. Culver drew six walks in total, with sophomore Aiden Guest and freshman Jace Silbernagel each picking up a pair, and Sheridan also hit three Bulldog batters with pitches.
Those extra baserunners helped Culver run up a healthy lead as the game went on — as did the team's six stolen bases — but thanks to Wilson's superb outing, an RBI double in the second inning from freshman Houston Wittenburg was all the scoring the Bulldogs needed to do on Tuesday.
The victory keeps Culver in third place in the district with a 9-3 record (13-5 overall), and after Santiam's 10-0 loss to Kennedy on May 3, the Bulldogs have some extra breathing room ahead of the fourth-place Wolverines. Culver will want to add even more padding to that lead in the standings when winless Sheridan (0-12, 0-10) comes to town to finish out the series with a doubleheader on Thursday, May 5. After that, the Bulldogs close out the season with their own series against Kennedy (16-2, 11-1), which currently ranks No. 3 statewide in the OSAA Class 2A/1A rankings.
If Culver and Kennedy each take care of business at home on Thursday, however, both will have already secured playoff spots by the time they meet for the first of their three-game series on Monday, May 9. The Trojans have been a juggernaut this year, with pitching and defense that is surrendering just one run per game on the season — the lowest mark in the entire state, regardless of classification — and an offense that has produced a classification-leading 227 runs on the season. So, as good as this Culver team is, the Bulldogs would do well to wrap up their playoff spot against Sheridan ahead of a very difficult final series with Kennedy.
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