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Culver bats explode in nonleaguers

It was a productive spring break for the Culver baseball squad.
   The Bulldogs won their final four games, scoring at least six runs in each game. Culver won 9-5 against Irrigon and 6-3 against Riverside to finish up a four-game series at Boardman on Tuesday, March 25.
   The week finished with overwhelming victories against McKenzie by 18-6 and 36-3 scores in a pair of five-inning games. The Bulldogs scored 10 runs in the first inning of the opener and then 13 in the nightcap.
   "That was a long day for everybody," said Culver coach James Macy of the doubleheader lasting more than five hours.
   The offense allowed the Bulldogs to ease in their pitching. With several players gone on vacation, Culver was using less experienced pitchers.
   "We're emphasizing throwing strikes and keeping the ball down," Macy said. "We're not worrying about overpowering anybody, just forcing teams to put the ball in play."
   Returning pitcher Jeremiah Calvin earned the victory in the first game against McKenzie. He allowed one run in four innings. Riley Gibson pitched the final inning.
   The combination of Gibson and Ben Fisher worked the nightcap with Gibson gaining the victory.
   The Bulldogs return to Special District 2 play this week with a tough home test. Salem Academy, ranked No. 1 in the latest 2A coaches' poll, is at Culver on Thursday. The visiting Crusaders are 2-0 in league play with a 5-2 win against Scio and 16-2 victory against Delphian. Culver is 1-0 after beating Santiam 11-1.
   The Bulldogs also travel to Scio on Saturday and host Western Mennonite on Tuesday, April 8.