Culver baseball team pulled off one upset, but not two against 2A/1A state-ranked teams.
The Bulldogs edged No. 4 Blanchet by a run. Culver's reward was a road test against top-ranked Salem Academy. The Crusaders stormed to a big win to keep a secure hold on the top of the 2A/1A Special District 2 race.
The split leaves Culver at 4-6 in league play (10-9 overall) with three games to play. The lone home game is Monday against Delphian, a team which suffered a 9-0 home loss against the Bulldogs earlier this month.
Culver's road contests are at Western Mennonite on Thursday and then at Kennedy on May 8. The Bulldogs also hosted Scio on Tuesday, April 29 (played after press time).
Culver 5, Blanchet 4: Scoring three runs in the first inning keyed the upset victory. The Bulldogs added runs in the second and fifth innings.
The Cavaliers, owners of a 10-0 victory against Culver earlier in the month, were unable to overcome the deficit. Blanchet did threaten with two runs in the sixth.
Nick Barany and Riley Gibson shared the mound duties. Barany worked the first five innings for the victory with Gibson going the final two innings for the save.
Barany helped his own cause with a double. Catcher John Decker led the offense with three hits.
Salem Academy 12, Culver 0: The Crusaders remembered a close game on the Bulldogs' field. In the April 3 contest, Salem Academy won 6-4, one of the closest contests for the top-ranked team (10-1 league, 14-2 overall).
The hosts scored all of their runs in the first three innings. Meanwhile, Crusader ace Tim Montgomery struck out 10 while allowing just one hit, a single by Decker in the first inning.