WDC Babe Ruth takes second in state tournament
Wayne Dykhoff’s Wadena-Deer Creek Senior Babe Ruth team racked up three victories in five decisions over four days to capture runner-up honors in the 13-15 state tournament at Cold Spring.
Logan Wacker, Andrew Sundby and Andrew McCullough combined for six hits and three RBIs as WDC whipped Parkers Prairie 8-2 in their tournament opener on Thursday.
Jake Dykhoff fanned seven to chalk up the mound win.
Zac Schertler helped his own pitching cause by going 3-for-4 at the plate with two ribbies as WDC topped Royalton 6-2 Friday afternoon.
Dykhoff and Logan Schmitz backed Schertler up at the plate with two hits apiece. Dykhoff also drove in a run.
Schertler recorded seven strikeouts in a complete game performance.
Dykhoff, McCullough, Isaac Anderson and Isaac Witthuhn combined for six hits and six RBIs in leading WDC past Melrose 9-6 Saturday afternoon.
Wacker gained the win by going all seven innings on the hill.
Saturday’s victory set up a Sunday afternoon championship game with the undefeated Cold Spring Black squad. The Black staged a three-run third to claim a 3-1 victory. Luke Weniger, a draftee from Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale, was charged with the loss. Weniger, Dykhoff and Ross hit safely for WDC with Ross driving in his club’s only run.
The Cold Spring Black charged out to an 8-2 lead by the third inning of Game 2 en route to an 8-6 win.
Schertler went 4-for-4 at the plate and drove in a run for WDC. Wacker, Witthuhn and Dykhoff combined for four hits and five RBIs.
Dykhoff was hung with the pitching loss.
The two losses to Cold Spring gave WDC a final season record of 29-5.
“It wasn’t our day as every time we gained the momentum in these games we ran into two roadblocks,” Dykhoff said.
PP001 001 0 - 2
WDC300 014 0 - 8
WP-Dykhoff; LP- Samuelson
Royalton100 010 0 - 2
WDC122 100 0 - 6
WP- Schertler; LP- Billmeyer
WDC101 007 0 - 9
Melrose100 003 2 - 6
WP- Wacker; LP- Moscho
Cold Spring Black003 000 0 - 3
WDC010 000 0 - 1
WP- Tobrake; LP- Weniger
Cold Spring Black062 000 0 - 8
WDC110 004 0 - 6
WP- Barth; LP- Dykhoff