Shockers short-circuited over the weekend
The Wadena-Deer Creek Shockers suffered back-to-back setbacks Saturday and Sunday as they ran into the Dent Wildcats and the Vergas Loons.
The Wildcats staged a four-run comeback with two out in the ninth inning Saturday to stun the Shockers 5-4 at Deer Creek.
Matt Richter and Troy Schrupp both collected a pair of hits for the Wildcats. Derek Neu doubled for the Shockers. Casey Johnson reached base three time on walks.
Brandon Fritz picked up a save in relief of Richter and Brock Collins. Richter picked up the win. Jordan Wohlwend pulled a muscle in the third and had to give way to Jayme George, who was hung with the loss. Travis George pitched the final two-thirds of an inning.
The WDC ranks were also depleted by injuries to Jeremy Erickson (ankle) and J.J. Truax (inner thigh).
Four errors hurt the WDC team in their seven-inning, 11-1 loss to Vergas Sunday.
Marcus Zitzow came up with three hits for the Loons and reached base once on a walk.
Seth Hamman countered for WDC with a single, double and triple. Jamie Nordlund had a pair of safeties for the Shockers.
Garrett Dahlgren posted the win with two innings of relief help from A.J. Bunkowske. Travis George was the loser.
The 4-3 Shockers will travel to Clarissa Friday for an 8 p.m. game and will host Staples Saturday at 1:30 p.m. in Deer Creek.
Dent 001 000 004 - 5 9 2
WDC 010 100 020 - 4 6 0
WP-Richter; LP-J. George
WDC 000 000 1 - 1 6 4
Vergas 010 035 2 - 11 9 1
WP-Dahlgren; LP-T. George
Bluffton 11, Dent 1
Marc Sweere and Kyle Dykhoff led the way with two hits each as the Braves pounded the Bulldogs for their fourth win against one loss.
Bluffton skipper Kyle Geiser credited Cody and Dustin Geiser with some outstanding pitching -- holding the Bulldogs to just one run in the fifth frame. The two Geisers, along with Kyle Dykhoff, are expected to form a solid rotation for the Braves.
"That's what we're counting on all year long," Geiser said.
Brent Weller's two-out single scored Kevin Tumberg and ended the game in seven innings. Tumberg had reached on a walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch.
Chris Ostlie was hung with the loss.
Following a road trip to Detroit Lakes Wednesday, the Braves host Perham Saturday and Fergus Falls on Sunday.
Dent 000 010 00 - 1
Bluffton 320 410 1 - 11
WP-Cody Geiser; LP-Ostlie