Just when the Culver fastpitch team was taking huge steps forward, it took an even bigger one backwards.

Having overcome a 0-9 start, the Bulldogs had put themselves in the thick of the Class2A/1A Special District 3 race with three key league wins and looked to add a fourth at home Monday afternoon. But Perrydale rocked the Bulldogs 26-5, dropping Culver to 3-13 overall and 3-4 in league.

“I really think we can play with that team,” Culver coach Jack Layton said. “We just didn’t field the ball; infield play just killed us. I was really disappointed in how we played.”

The game was close at first, Perrydale held a 4-2 lead after two innings but the Bulldogs went into a funk after that and the game quickly got out of hand.

And it was all in how the Bulldogs fielded, or in this case, didn’t.

“They bunted and bunted and bunted and we couldn’t field it,” Layton said. “Like I told the girls, great plays save runs, but routine plays wins games. And that’s what we’ve got to do.”

Cheryl Aldred started in the circle for Culver and was solid but the offense couldn’t overcome the defensive mistakes.

Jasmine Martinez was 2-3 in the game, while Taylor Linn knocked in a pair of runs for Culver. Myra Lopez and Shealene Little also knocked in runs.

“I’m not disappointed in the kids; I’m disappointed in how we played,” Layton said. “But we’ll work on it. We’ll do some infield drills that I think will help them.

“We’ll be all right. I’m unhappy with where we are,” Layton said. “I want a couple more wins. And we’ll get them.”

The Bulldogs are at Kennedy Wednesday and at Regis Friday.

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