HALSEY — Culver did not seem to care that it was the lower seed playing on the road against a team with a superior record.
“We know we can play with anybody,” said Bulldogs coach Joey Graves, “if we put it all together like we did today.”
No. 20-seed Culver advanced to the second round of the OSAA Class 2A/1A baseball playoffs Monday with a convincing 13-1 win over No. 13 Central Linn. The victory advances the Bulldogs (14-13) to a second-round game Wednesday in Roseburg against Umpqua Valley Christian.
Starting pitcher Cord Gomes worked five shutout innings to earn the victory for Culver, runner-up from Special District 2. Joe Russo hit a double and a triple for the winners, and Tadd Anderson, who pitched the last two innings, delivered a two-run triple.
Central Linn, the No. 3 team from Special District 3, came into the game with a 14-6 record.
“We didn’t really know a whole lot about Central Linn,” said Graves. “Our whole goal was to just play a complete game and extend our season.”
Next up will be Umpqua Valley Christian, champion of Special District 4. The Monarchs (23-3) are the No. 4 seed and had a bye in the first round of the playoffs.
In other state playoff action Monday:
Barlow 3, Bend 0: GRESHAM — Barlow scored two runs in the first inning and checked Bend on three hits, and the No. 10-seeded Bruins ended the No. 23 Lava Bears’ season Monday with a 3-0 win in the first round of the Class 6A softball playoffs. The Bears’ hits — a double by freshman Lena Zahniser and singles by senior McKenzie Bradley and freshman Madison Godfrey — all came in different innings. Barlow (19-9 overall), champion of the Mt. Hood Conference, scored its third run in the sixth inning. The Bears (18-9 overall) finished third in their first Class 6A season in the Mountain Valley Conference.
Mountain View 15, Churchill 6: The host Cougars were true to their No. 1 seed in the opening round of the OHSLA Cascade Cup playoffs, routing the No. 16 Lancers. Mountain View (11-4) advances to play No. 9 Sprague of Salem at 6 p.m. Friday on the Cougars’ home field. Scorers for Mountain View in Monday’s win included James Lewis, Graham Koops, Luke Roberts, Jake Domings, Jakoby Moss, Jake Hatch and Ethan Mawdsley. The Cougars defense was led by Nick Valenti. The field for the Cascade Cup consists of the 16 highest-ranked teams that did not qualify for the OHSLA Championship Bracket.
Clackamas 5, Summit 4: CLACKAMAS — On paper, it should have been a rout. But Summit, the No. 30 seed in the 32-team field, gave No. 3 Clackamas a scare before falling in the first round of the 6A playoffs on the Cavaliers’ home field. No details were available. Clackamas, 21-7 and champion of the Mt. Hood Conference, advances to the second round. Summit, the sixth-place team from the Mountain Valley Conference, finished the season with an overall record of 6-14.