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Photos by Brian Hansel Wadena-Deer Creek American Legion baserunner Jake Rude slides safely into second ahead of a tag by Sebeka second baseman Nick Meyer during Monday's Sub-District 6 tournament game in Menahga.

Post 171 hitters hammer Sebeka, Staples-Motley

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Warm weather ignited some strong hitting Monday as Kyle Dykhoff's Wadena-Deer Creek Legion team pummeled No. 2 Sebeka 9-2 and top-ranked Staples-Motley 18-7 in Sub-District 6 action at Menahga.

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The victories put the third-seeded Post 171 crew in good shape for a trip to the upcoming District 6 tournament in Browerville. Dykhoff's club reached the district playoffs last year before losing to Pierz and Long Prairie.

Jake Rude swung a strong bat Monday as Post 171 thrashed Sebeka with a 13-hit attack. Rude went 4-for-4 at the plate with a double, a triple and three RBIs.

"It was great to see Rude hit the ball all over the field," especially after battling the hand injury during the high school season, Dykhoff said.

Jake Krause, Kenny Sakry, Jeremy Hoemberg and Jonathan Goeden combined for eight hits, five RBIs and three runs in support of Rude.

Ryan Redfield silenced the Sebeka bats for five innings as WDC built a 3-0 lead. Redfield gave way to Rude in the seventh, but left the game with eight strikeouts and a 6-1 lead. Rude only surrendered six hits.

Taylor Carlson was touched for 10 hits and six runs in suffering the mound loss. Carlson also recorded five strikeouts and did not walk a batter.

Sam Tellers and Stetson Burkman each came up with two hits for Sebeka.

WDC 010 113 3 - 9 13 2

Sebeka 000 001 1 - 2 7 3

Ryan Redfield, Jake Rude (7) and Jake Rude, Wyatt Weber;

Taylor Carlson, Bryson Vasey (7) and Jason Steinke

WP- Redfield; LP- Carlson

WDC 18, Staples-Motley 7

It was payback time in Monday's second game at Menahga as Post 171 pounded Staples-Motley, pitching for 15 hits.

Staples-Motley swept WDC on the Wadena field July 16 in a regular season twinbill to put a lock on the No. 1 seeding in the sub-district tournament.

Jake Rude continued his hot hitting by going 2-for-3 at the plate, scoring twice and driving in five RBIs.

Christian Berg, Kenny Sakry and David Najjar all had three hits and scored three times in the game. The three WDC players also combined four RBIs.

Staples-Motley grabbed a 4-0 lead after two frames but WDC rallied to tie the game in the third. A big seven-run fifth put WDC on top for good.

Sakry went the first five innings to gain the win. Jonathan Goeden and Isaac Laughlin appeared in relief.

Post 171 hitters faced four different Staples-Motley pitchers. Starter Jacob Vetsch was saddled with the loss

Austin Redemske collected a solo home run, went 3-for-4 at the plate, scored twice and drove in two runs. Devon White was 3-for-3 with one run and one RBI.

The victories lifted Post 171's season mark to 14-7-1.

WDC 004 074 3 - 18 15 4

S-M 130 021 0 - 7 9 3

Kenny Sakry, Jonathan Goeden (6), Isaac Laughlin (7) amd Christian Berg, Wyatt Weber; Jacob Vetsch, Blake Petrich (5), Austin Redemske (6), Cody Drone (7) and Redemske

WP- Sakry; LP- Vetsch

HR - Redemske (S-M)

WDC Legion headed for District 6 tournament

Kenny Sakry collected three hits and Jake Rude had two Thursday night as the Wadena-Deer Creek American Legion baseball team topped Staples-Motley 8-4 to win a Sub-District 6 title.

The WDC crew qualified for the District 6 tournament which begins Thursday at Browerville. Coach Kyle Dykhoff did not immediately know who Post 171's opponent will be in the first round. Staples-Motley advanced to the district as the sub-district's No. 2 team.

The winner of the eight-team district tournament advances to Division II state competition.

David Najjar chalked up the win in Thursday's game at the Wadena High School diamond. The victory gave Post 171 a perfect 3-0 record in tournament play.

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