Post 171 hands BHV Legion two setbacks
The Wadena Legion used some last minute fireworks to hand Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale a pair of defeats Wednesday night on the Wadena diamond.
Tied at 4-all going into the bottom of the sixth in Game 1, Kevin Tumberg's Post 171 crew saw leadoff hitter Wyatt Fitzsimmons reach when he was hit by a pitch. Fitzsimmons stole second and was joined on base by Thomas Brekke who drew a walk. Zac Schertler's groundout moved the Wadena runners to second and third. After Mitch Swanson was hit by a pitch to load the sacks, Jake Dykhoff laced a game-winning single.
Dykhoff was the only Wadena player to collect safeties off BHV pitchers Luke Weniger and Travis Eckel. Christian Berg tripled and drove in two runs as Wadena rallied from a 3-0 deficit with four first inning runs.
Wadena's Jake Krause, Wyatt Weber, Isaac Laughlin, Brekke and Schertler all collected solo hits.
BHV leadoff hitter Preston Riewer went 3-for-4, scored twice and drove in a run. Zach A. Johnson went 2-for-3 with one run and one RBI. Riewer, Johnson and Mac Schluttner all doubled for BHV.
Berg went the distance for Post 171. The right-hander scattered nine hits while fanning six. Berg did not allow a walk.
"Christian threw a great game for us and our defense settled in and made some big plays down the stretch," Tumberg said.
Wadena rallied from an 8-5 deficit to win the nightcap 10-8.
Tumberg's club came up with five unanswered runs in the top of the fifth as nine batters went to the plate.
Berg singled to lead off the fifth and after Weber flied out Laughlin reached on an error. Michael Behl then singled in Berg. Tanner Horn was hit by pitch to load the bases. Jarrett Pettit's sacrifice fly scored Laughlin and Behl. Swanson doubled for the inning's fifth run.
Dykhoff came on to pitch the bottom of the fifth and gave up a leadoff walk to Matt Lipinski. Riewer reached when pinch-runner Joe VanDenheuvel was forced at second. Dykhoff managed to end the threat by striking out Schluttner and getting Johnson to fly out.
Swanson, Dykhoff and Berg combined for five hits, four runs and four RBIs in the comeback win. In addition to his fifth inning double, Swanson led off the game with a triple and scored the game's first run on a wild pitch.
Eckel was the big stick for BHV with two hits, two runs and one RBI. Riewer went 1-for-4 and drove in two runs.
Joe Wallgren notched the win in relief of Behl, who went the first five innings. Dykhoff earned a save. Johnson, who pitched the final inning for BHV, was tagged with the loss.
"I am excited to see us peaking right before playoffs and can't wait to see how things shake out. We need to carry this never die attitude with us the rest of the summer and we might be able to surprise a few teams out there," Tumberg said.
BHV 300 100 - 4 9 0
Wadena 400 001 - 5 9 3
WP-Christian Berg; LP- Travis Eckel
Wadena 300 25 - 10 7 5
BHV 024 20 - 8 5 2
WP-Joe Wallgren; LP- Zach Johnson; Save- Jake Dykhoff
Sebeka 19, BHV 5
Taylor Carlson drove in six runs as the Sebeka Legion trounced Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale Tuesday at Bertha.
Carlson, the No. 3 hitter in the Sebeka lineup, went 3-for-5 at the plate, including two doubles, and scored three times.
C.J. Maki carried the bottom half of the Sebeka lineup with a double and five RBIs. Ray Mueller and Mason Dailey both drove in two runs for Sebeka. Sam Tellers scored five times while Tom Tellers and Kyle Skoog scored three times each.
The BHV squad led 3-1 after two innings but Sebeka regained the lead with a five-run third and then added four in the fourth and nine in the fifth.
Sebeka's big nine-run inning saw Sam and Tom Tellers draw one out walks before Carlson and Mueller collected back to back doubles. After Skoog walked, Nick Meyer singled and Maki drew a bases-loaded walk. Two runners reached when Mason Dailey reached on an error. Maki was forced at second for the second out. Isaac Tellers then singled, Sam Tellers singled Tom Tellers walked for the second time in the inning — bringing Dailey home from third. Carlson took two strikes, then fouled off three pitches before working lacing a two-run single.
Sebeka committed only one error while BHV was guilty of six.
Zach A. Johnson and Matt Lipinski combined for four hits, three RBIs and two runs. Alex Copa doubled and drove in one run.
Sam Tellers went all the way for Sebeka striking out seven while walking three and giving up five hits. BHV starter Preston Riewer was saddled with the loss. Riewer pitched the first four frames, walking six and fanning seven. Five of the 10 runs Riewer gave up were unearned.
Ethan Korfe and Jordan Fretham combined to give up six hits and seven earned runs in relief roles.
Sebeka 105 490 — 19 9 1
BHV 122 00 — 5 5 6
WP — Sam Tellers; LP — Preston Riewer