Legion team finishes regular season at .500
The Wadena-Deer Creek Legion suffered a 7-2 loss to Staples-Motley Monday night and ended the regular season with a 6-6 record.
Kyle Dykhoff's WDC crew will now enter district play Monday with the most likely site being Menahga. Park Rapids and Staples-Motley are considered district tournament favorites. The tournament is slated for Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. The district winner will advance to Division II state tournament play at Bob Marshall Field in Dilworth July 30-Aug. 1.
Jordan Riewer tossed a five-hitter over seven innings to lift Staples-Motley over WDC Monday night. Riewer walked two and struck out nine in his complete game effort.
Kevin Tumberg got the nod for WDC and went five innings before giving way to Derrick Rude. Tumberg threw two scoreless innings before Staples-Motley was able to push three runs across in the third inning and erase a 1-0 WDC lead.
Three more runs in the fourth inning cemented the victory.
Riewer helped his own pitching cause by going 2-for-3 at the plate with a double and two RBIs. Trevor Ness came up with two hits in four trips, including a double, and drove in one run. Gunner Johnson was held to just one hit but the Staples-Motley standout walked once and scored twice.
Cody Redfield had two of WDC's five hits and drove in both runs. Tumberg, Ryan Redfield and Jake Rude all collected solo hits. Rude scored both of WDC's runs.
Patrick Riewer had a walk-off round-tripper and drove in three runs as Bertha-Hewitt handed WDC a 4-2 loss.
Bertha-Hewitt broke a 2-2 tie with a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh.
"It was a tough loss," Dykhoff said. "We have to tip our hats to Patrick Riewer, he had a good game."
Jared Hoemberg went 2-for-3 in the victory.
WDC came up with seven hits off Ethan Bakken. David Najjar went 2-for-4, including a triple, one score and one RBI. Tumberg, Ryan Redfield and Ryan Nelson all collected solo hits.
Dykhoff's club put together 24 hits to sweep Walker-Hackensack-Akeley 9-1 and 17-1.
Najjar and Tyler Wohlwend paced WDC at the plate in the opener with two hits and two runs apiece. Jake Rude scored twice and drove in a pair of runs. Derrick Rude had a double and drove in a run.
Najjar went five innings on the hill to gain the victory. Najjar gave up Walker's only run in the first inning. He finished the game with five strikeouts.
Jake Rude, Ryan Nelson, Kevin Tumberg and Cody Redfield carried the hitting load as WDC out-hit Walker 15-5 in Game 2. Rude hit a grand slam homer and scored twice. Nelson went 3-for-4 with three ribbies and two runs. Tumberg was 3-for-4 and scored three times. Redfield drove in three runs with a pair of doubles and scored twice himself.
Ryan Redfield pitched two hits and was credited with the victory. Wohlwend, Nelson and Jonathan Goeden each worked one frame.
Jordan Duff collected two of WHA's three hits.
Staples-Motley 003 301 0 - 7 10 2
WDC 101 000 0 - 2 5 3
Jordan Riewer and Redemski; Kevin Tumberg, Derrick Rude (6) and Tyler Wohlwend
WP- Riewer; LP- Tumberg
WDC 010 010 0 - 2 7 0
B-H 101 000 2 - 4 6 0
Derrick Rude, Kevin Tumberg (7) and Tyler Wohlwend; Erthan Bakken and Patrick Riewer
WP- Bakken; LP- Tumberg
HR- Riewer (B-H)
WDC 050 00 - 9 9 0
WHA 100 00 -1 6 5
David Najjar and Tyler Wohlwend; A. Becker and Gabe Grimley
WP- Najjar; LP- Becker
WHA 000 01 - 1 5 1
WDC (10)15 10 - 17 15 0
Clinton Walters and Grimley; Ryan Redfield, Tyler Wohlwend (3), Jonathan Goeden (4), Ryan Nelson (5) and Wohlwend, David Najjar
WP- Redfield; LP- Walters
HR- J. Rude (WDC)