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`D' improves for Culver nine

A little confidence goes a long way.
   Such as the Culver baseball team's improved defense. The Bulldogs earned a win at Perrydale after a close game against 2A/1A Special District 3 leader Kennedy.
   "Confidence is the biggest issue for our defense," Culver coach James Macy said. "The guys are gaining more confidence on defense."
   Culver fell to Blanchet on Monday. The Bulldogs have a busy week, starting today by hosting Santiam. Next is a 10 a.m. Saturday home game against Salem Academy, a makeup of a postponed April 21 contest. Culver also travels to Scio on Monday.
   Blanchet 11, Culver 3: The visiting Cavaliers jumped ahead early with a four-run first inning. Blanchet went on to pound out 11 hits to stay in a fourth-place tie.
   Culver 14, Perrydale 4: The Bulldogs jumped ahead early and scored late in the road victory.
   Culver scored two runs in both the first and second innings. Mike Williams hit a run-scoring single in the first. Nick Barany helped put the game away with a two-run home run in the seventh. Brandon Senn added a double as well.
   Pitchers Terry Nelson and Andrew Hansen benefited from all those runs. The two combined for a three-hitter with Nelson pitching into the sixth.
   "Terry kept getting ahead of their hitters," Macy said. "He was changing speeds really well."
   Kennedy 3, Culver 0: The Trojans had to work for this victory, the ninth in a current 10-game winning streak. Earlier this season, Kennedy beat the Bulldogs 8-0.
   Williams and Nelson combined to allow just three Trojan hits. Kennedy scored a run in the second and two more in the fourth for the only scoring.
   Williams also drilled a double.