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Bulldog softball hits way into second place

by: Photo By Gary Lindberg - Gary Lindberg/The Pioneer The mood reflected the score during a discussion among Culver softball players and assistant coach Shelly Brown late in a home game against Western Mennonite. Bulldog  hitters (from left) Evangeline Hood, Jamie Stark and  Dani Clugston talked hitting with Brown during a break in the five-inning game.

Everybody plays and everybody hits.
   That's what it seemed like for Culver softball in a pair of dominating wins against Western Mennonite and then at Delphian last week to improve to 6-1 in 2A/1A Special District 3 play. The Bulldogs dispatched Western Mennonite 22-2 on Tuesday, April 15, and then won at Delphian 19-3 on Saturday, pounding out 14 hits in both games.
   "We worked hard on hitting and it paid off," Culver coach Kevin Urbach said. "We went up to bat looking to hit; tried to be really aggressive at the plate."
   Both Sarah O'Gorman and Evangeline Hood had three hits against Western Mennonite. Lindsay Meeks added two hits and Maria Ruiz a double.
   On Saturday, both Alysha Urbach and Amanda Treadway drove in four runs. Urbach pounded out three hits including a double while Treadway had a pair of singles. Delta Symons also drove in two runs with a double.
   Hood earned both wins, going the distance in each game. Hood struck out eight against Western Mennonite.
   Culver travels to Santiam on Thursday and then hosts Blanchet on Tuesday, April 22. The Bulldogs edged Blanchet 7-4 in the earlier meeting.