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CHS senior thorws no-hitter

What a difference good weather makes. And a revised defense.
   Both helped Culver senior Tiffany Adams pitch a no-hitter in a 10-0 win against Delphian at Sheridan on Friday.
   That contrasted a 2A/1A Special District 3 home loss to Scio interrupted by a rain storm.
   Culver is hoping the rain stays away during a busy week. The Bulldogs has three doubleheaders in six days. It starts at Western Mennonite today, another at Salem Academy on Saturday and then a twinbil at Siletz Valley on Monday.
   With that busy schedule in mind, the Bulldogs switched their defense. Culver coach Kevin Urbach moved center fielder Maria Ruiz to shortstop and third baseman Evangeline Hood to second. Shortstop Amanda Treadway moved to third.
   "The moves were to help out Tiffany (Adams)," Urbach said. "She was getting 10 or 12 strikeouts a game, but we were giving up unearned runs," Urbach said. "This move helps our infield defense."
   Of the 26 runs Adams has allowed this season, 17 were unearned. The senior has also struck out 68 in 38 innings pitched, with seven walks and a 2.05 earned run average.
   In the outfield, Marissa Kovach moved from right to center. Whitney McCormick is in right.
   Culver 10, Delphian 0: Adams needed little defensive help in being one batter away from a perfect game. The senior struck out 11 while hitting a batter in the second inning.
   "My rise ball was working well," Adams said. "They (Delphian) helped me by swinging at a lot of junk."
   It was Adams' second no-hitter, the first late last season. On Friday, Adams also fielded two comebackers and a pop fly. A fly to Hood at second was the other out.
   "Since it was 1-2-3 innings, I knew I had one," Adams said. "I didn't let myself think about it. Instead, I kept thinking about the next pitch and the next hitter."
   Nor was Adams thinking about what a great 18th birthday present she was giving herself.
   The pitcher gave herself the lead with a three-run double in the second. It was one of two doubles. Hood, Treadway, Sarah O'Gorman and Megan Hamlin added two hits each.
   Scio 8, Culver 4: This was actually a mini doubleheader, split up by a 30-minute storm delay.
   The visiting Loggers led 2-1 before wind and horizontal mud created the delay in the second inning. Hail followed before storm passed over. Prior to the storm, Maria Ruiz hit an inside-the-park home run.
   Once action resumed, the Bulldogs took a brief lead. In the third, Kaylee Cook scored on a wild pitch after she and Tiffany Adams singled. An infield error pushed Cook to third to set up the run.
   An inning later, Sarah O'Gorman drilled a triple to right and scored on a wild pitch for a 3-2 lead.
   That didn't last in the muddy conditions. Scio pounded out a lead-off triple in the fifth and three-run homer in the sixth to take control.
   "When the game resumed, I just couldn't stay warm," Adams said.