Wolverines seeing hard work pay off on diamond
Kyle Dykhoff is seeing a lot of hard work paying off as his Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines head into the Section 8AA tournament.
The Wolverines played two of their strongest games of the season Tuesday as they swept Pequot Lakes 5-1 and 3-1 in a Mid-State Conference twinbill.
"Our pitching and defense was outstanding in both games," Dykhoff said. "I'm really proud of the guys for fighting down the stretch to win five of seven."
The Wolverines ended the week with a 9-8 record overall. Last year's club ended the season with a 5-14 record. The Wolverines have not had a winning record since 2005 and the nine victories they have racked up this spring are more than the past three seasons combined.
Colter Pettit scattered five hits and the Wolverines played errorless ball in Game 1 with the Patriots. Pettit walked five and struck out seven.
The Wolverines managed only three hits off Pequot's Nathan Lehman. Tyler Wohlwend went 1-for-3 with two RBIs. Jake Rude was 1-for-3, scored twice and drove in one run.
Nick Linder, Jacob Box and Andrew Kostecka joined Lehman in collecting hits for the Patriots.
Derrick Rude and Tom LaRue hooked up for a pitching duel in Game 2 which the Wolverines won with three late runs. Rude struck out 10 while walking four and giving up six hits. LaRue walked four, fanned four and did not give up an earned run.
Ran Nelson, Ryan Redfield and Kevin Tumberg scored runs for the Wolverines, who managed just two hits off LaRue.
Jordan Severance paced the Patriots at the plate with three hits in three trips and one RBI.
WDC 101 002 1 - 5 3 0
PL 001 000 0 - 1 5 5
Colter Pettit and Tyler Wohlwend; Nathan Lehman and Jordan Severance
WP- Pettit; LP- Lehman
WDC 000 002 1 - 3 2 0
PL 000 010 0 - 1 6 4
Derrick Rude and Jake Rude; Tom LaRue and Jacob Box
WP- Rude; LP- LaRue
The Wolverines broke a 22-game losing streak against Perham and split a doubleheader with the Yellowjackets Monday at Al Krueger Field.
Kevin Tumberg gave the Wolverines seven solid innings in Game 1. The WDC senior walked only two while fanning six. Tumberg threw five innings of shutout baseball to beat Tay Doll.
"The guys played solid defense behind Tumberg," WDC head coach Kyle Dykhoff said.
Derrick Rude and Jake Rude both collected two hits in the victory.
The Wolverines held a shaky 2-1 lead after four but came up with three insurance runs in the top of the fifth.
Justin Hein led the Yellowjackets with two hits in three trips.
Hein hit two homers and drove in five runs as the Yellowjackets teed off on WDC early in Game 2. The Perham nine scored twice in the first and six times in the second to break a 2-2 tie.
T.J. Studer went the first six frames on the mound to pick up the victory. Andrew Muer fanned the side in his one inning of relief work.
"Credit Perham with great defense in Game 2," Dykhoff said. "We played well with the exception of giving up a six-run second inning."
Brad Ellingson parked a solo shot for Perham and joined Hein, Jon Langlie and David Alstadt in collecting two hits off WDC pitching.
Ryan Redfield started on the hill for WDC but gave way to David Najjar in the second.
WDC 110 030 0 - 5 7 1
Perham 000 100 1 - 2 6 1
Kevin Tumberg and Tyler Wohlwend; Tay Doll, T.J. Studer and Ben Brill
WP- Tumberg; LP- Doll
WDC 200 000 0 - 2 6 2
Perham 260 100 x - 9 9 0
Ryan Redfield, David Najjar (2) and Jake Rude; T.J. Studer, Andrew Muer (7) and Ben Brill
WP- Studer; LP- Redfield
HR- Hein 2, Ellingson (P)
WDC 6, Bertha-Hewitt 5
Cody Redfield delivered a walk-off base hit Friday night as the Wolverines rallied with four runs in the bottom of the seventh to edge Bertha-Hewitt.
"It was baseball at its best," Dykhoff said.
Ryan Nelson went 3-for-4 at the plate with two triples and two RBIs. Jake Rude and Colter Pettit both doubled and scored a run.
Patrick Riewer doubled, homered and drove in four runs for the Bears.
Deerick Rude went all seven innings for the Wolverines. Rude walked five but struck out 10.
Jared Hoemberg started for the Bears but gave way to Ethan Bakken in the fifth.
Patrick Riewer drove in four runs for the Wolverines with a double and a two-run homer. Austin Selvey went 2-for-2 and scored twice.
B-H 200 020 0 - 5 4 0
WDC 000 200 4 - 6 10 1
Jared Hoemberg, Ethan Bakken (5) and Patrick Riewer; Derrick Rude and Tyler Wohlwend
WP- Rude; LP- Bakken