Bulldogs still in softball hunt
Once 9-0 overall and 6-0 in the Columbia Basin Conference, Culver stumbled to records of 9-3 and 6-2 in its April 24 and 25 games.
Pilot Rock established itself the West division leader by sweeping Culver in a Friday doubleheader at Pilot Rock.
The Rockets launched an attack ending in a 10-0, 3-0 sweep with a one-hit win notched by a Miss Pedro.
Sweeping a doubleheader at Wahtonka High in The Dalles on April 22 had kept the Bulldogs tied for first in the CBC Western division with Pilot Rock. But that was before the Rockets' April 25 sweep left the Bulldogs two games out of the lead headed into a doubleheader with Stanfield.
If it swept Stanfield on April 29, Culver will be in no worse than second place in the CBC West. Staying in second would earn Culver the right to play the East division's second seed with a chance to challenge the loser of a game between the East and West division champions at stake.
Culver crushed Wahtonka behind Bree Miller's pitching in combination with her own hitting and her teammates' support, especially in the form of hits by seniors Brieona Whitaker, Lanisha Goicoa and Marissa Hagman. The result was 9-2 and 13-1 wins.
Miller had four hits in the first game and three more, including two doubles, in the second game. She whiffed Wahtonka hitters eight times in the first game and added 12 more strikeouts in the second game.
Winning that second game improved Culver's mark in the league to 6-0 prior to Friday's showdown at Pilot Rock.
Pilot Rocket took advantage of nine mistakes in back of Miller to create many of its run in the first game after a scoreless first inning. Despite scattering 8 hits during the game, Miller found herself trailing by three runs after the second inning of that first game and another run after both the third and fourth. A two-run fifth and three-run sixth mercifully ended that initial contest.
Three doubles by Pilot Rock sparked its run to the 10-0 win.
Miller surrendered only five hits in the second game but gave up the game's only three runs all in the second inning.
Miller tripled and Lanisha Goicoa doubled for two of the three Culver hits in the second game, which the Bulldogs' defense kept closer. Three errors presented Culver with chances but the triple and double weren't connected to any of the Pilot Rock bobbles.
Blustery conditions in the action of April 24 against Crook County's junior varsity cut a scheduled doubleheader to a single game. Traveling to Pilot Rock the next day influenced Culver's choice to cut Thursday's action in half as well.