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WDC Babe Ruth takes second in state tournament

Members of the WDC 14-15 Babe Ruth baseball team took second Sunday in a state tournament at Cold Spring. Front row, L-R, Noah Ross, Preston Warren, Bryce Cooper and Tyler Wheeler. Middle row, L-R, Andrew Simmons, Isaac Witthuhn, Isaac Anderson, Brady Adams, Andrew Sudnby, Logan Schmitz and Andrew McCullough. Back row, L-R, Coach Tom Harthan, Luke Weniger, Zac Schertler, Logan Wacker, Jake Dykhoff, Coach Wayne Dykhoff and Ryan Anderson. Not pictured, Blaine Snyder and Jackson Becker.

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

(Game 1)

Cold Spring Black003 000 0 - 3

WDC010 000 0 - 1

WP- Tobrake; LP- Weniger

(Game 2)

Cold Spring Black062 000 0 - 8

WDC110 004 0 - 6

WP- Barth; LP- Dykhoff