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Caldwell, Parke pave way for No. 2 Dufur

Bryson Caldwell was dealing, Cole Parke was starting to feel his oats and the No. 2-ranked Dufur Rangers reeled off their seventh consecutive victory in a 13-0 mercy-ruled whitewash of Culver in a non-league baseball matchup in Culver.

With five innings of three-hit shutout ball, Caldwell lowered his earned run average to 1.09.

In 14 2/3 innings pitched, the right-hander allowed three runs, two earned, as he moved his record to 2-0.

Wednesday, Caldwell faced 18 batters and struck out four and walked one, as no Culver runners advanced past first base.

One of those runners tried to steal a base, but Ranger catcher Jake Kortge gunned down the runner trying to swipe a bag.

With the game scoreless in the top of the second inning, Connor Uhalde had an RBI single, and Parke drove in two runs with a single. Parke later crossed the plate after an error on a ball hit by Caldwell.

Staked to an 11-0 lead in the fifth, the Rangers scored twice on two hits, walk and a hit batter.

With Brandon Broeckel on third, Trever Tibbets on second and Josh Keyser at first, freshman Kolbe Bales chased home Broeckel and Tibbets with a two-run single to left centerfield.

Parke went 3 for 4 with a double, a run and five RBIs, and Keyser added three hits, three RBIs and three runs scored.

Josh Duling went 3 for 3 with two runs, as two of his were on two-strike counts.

After Wednesday, the Rangers team batting average swelled to .403.

Dufur (8-2 overall) kicks off Blue Mountain Conference play with a home double dip versus Pilot Rock (4-5) at 2 p.m. Friday.

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