ely hitting and a solid pitching performance helped Culver gain a split in its inaugural Tri-River baseball doubleheader.
   The Bulldogs won the second game 5-4 against Western Mennonite on Saturday. The visiting Pioneers won the opener 11-6.
   Western Mennonite jumped ahead 4-0 after three innings. Culver responded with a four-run fifth, highlighted by Nick Barany's two-run single with one out.
   Barany then put Culver ahead with a run-scoring single in the fifth.
   "Nick came through for us," coach James Macy said. "We needed that win."
   Senior pitcher Mike Williams earned the win by shutting out Western Mennonite in the final four innings. He struck out 12.
   "Mike kept changing speeds and kept the ball down," Macy said. "The broken (right) wrist he had in wrestling hasn't slowed him down at all."
   Terry Nelson added three hits. He missed last season due to broken vertebrae in his neck, but is cleared to play this season.
   In Saturday's opener, Western Mennonite jumped ahead with 11 runs in the first five innings.
   Culver also fell to the Bend junior varsity 13-2 in the season opener Wednesday.
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