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Fast start but loss for CHS

by: Photo By Gary Lindberg - Brianna Cook slides into third base during Culver's six-run first inning. Cook was safe as Kennedy third baseman Natalie Hammer dropped the ball.

The first inning was an illusion for Culver or an alarm clock for Kennedy in Friday's Special District 3 fastpitch softball contest.
   The host Bulldogs scored six runs in the first inning, thanks to three hits and four Trojan errors. Kennedy, a 2A/1A finalist last season, battled back to win 8-7.
   That was Culver's first league action while Kennedy improved to 3-0. The Bulldogs had a March 17 doubleheader against Western Mennonite postponed to April 18 in Salem. Then a league game on March 21 at Siletz Valley was also postponed to an undetermined date.
   "If we could, I would have liked to play those games before we met Kennedy," Culver coach Kevin Urbach said. "We had 10 days between games. Then it's always tough to try to maintain momentum after a big early inning against a good team."
   Evangeline Hood opened the scoring with a run-scoring single and Sarah O'Gorman drove in two runs with a bloop single just inside the right field line. A wild pitch and two errors were also part of the Bulldog inning.
   Culver pitcher Tiffany Adams kept the visitors off the board until the fourth inning. The senior had six of her 14 strikeouts in the first two innings.
   "That's the first complete game Tiffany has pitched this season," Urbach said.
   Kennedy went ahead with four runs in the fourth and then fifth innings. Three of those fourth-inning tallies were unearned.
   The victory kept the Trojans unbeaten in league play (4-0).
   Meanwhile, Culver has a busy schedule this week. The Bulldogs play in the LaPine tourney with games on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Culver also hosted Sheridan in a nonleague doubleheader on Tuesday, March 27 (played after press time).
   Culver baseball
   The Bulldogs fell 8-0 to Kennedy in Special District 3 action. The loss dropped Culver to 1-2 in league play while Kennedy improved to 3-1.
   The Bulldogs are scheduled to play in the LaPine tourney with games on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.