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WDC loses back-and-forth game to the Bears

Photo by Brian Hansel Wadena-Deer Creek's Colter Pettit fires a pitch homeward in Friday's game with Bertha-Hewitt.

It was check and then checkmate Friday as the Bertha-Hewitt Bears topped Wadena-Deer Creek in an 11-10 thriller.

The Wolverines fought back from the 6-2 deficit and took a one-run lead in the top of the seventh with a pair of runs. With his team trailing 9-8, Matt Hagen drew a one-out walk. After reliever Jared Hoemberg fanned his second batter of the inning, Kevin Tumberg walked, Cody Redfield singled and Derrick Rude singled in two runs.

The Bears started their own rally in the bottom half of the inning as Kasey Horn led off with a single. Following a fly out, Aeling singled and Patrick Riewer doubled in Horn with Dakota Aeling advancing to third. Hoemberg then grounded to second scoring Aeling with the winning run.

"I am not happy with how we pitched that game but its early in the season and we'll take the win," said Bertha-Hewitt head coach Alan Hanson, who saw his Bears go to 4-9. "It wasn't very pretty."

WDC head coach Kyle Dykhoff had to agree.

"It's gotta hurt to lose and we've got to come back as a better team," Dykhoff said. "We didn't hit cuts real well and there were a couple of base running mistakes that were costly."

The first-year head WDC head coach was pleased with the way his team fought back.

"They did a real good job of coming back in the game," said Dykhoff. "They were down 6-2 early in the game and they didn't fold, they came back."

Ryan Denny and Aeling both had three hits and two stolen bases and scored twice.

Redfield and Josh Sweere combined for five hits in the loss. Sweere drove in three runs while Redfield and Derrick Rude both drove in two. Joey Peters scored three times for the Wolverines.

WDC 202 220 2 - 10 10 3

B-H 602 010 2 - 11 11 3

Cody Redfield, Colter Pettit (1) and Tyler Wohlwend; Dakota Aeling, Jared Hoemberg (4) and Patrick Riewer

WP- Hoemberg; LP- Pettit

WDC 6, Staples-Motley 3

Staples-Motley 5, WDC 3

Kevin Tumberg fired a three-hitter as the Wolverines opened their 2009 season with a 6-3 win over Staples-Motley April 14.

Tumberg, who has a lot of pitches and will be WDC's ace this year, fanned four in his season debut.

Tumberg helped his own cause with two hits and scored twice. Matt Hagen had two hits, scored twice and had one RBI.

The victory in the season opener equaled their victory total for the entire 2008 season and supports a prediction about the Wolverines that head coach Kyle Dykhoff made before the season.

"The difference from last year is that they just believe they can win," Dykhoff said.

Jordan Riewer and the Cardinals came back to post a 5-3 victory in the nightcap. Riewer fanned eight but gave up a two-run blast to WDC's Cody Redfield.

Gannon George was hung with the loss.

Riewer was the only Staples-Motley player to have a good day at the plate as he collected three hits in five trips and drove in two runs.

(Game 1)

WDC 202 011 0 - 6 8 3

S-M 001 020 0 - 3 3 3

Kevin Tumberg, Derrick Rude and Tyler Wohlwend; Gunner Johnson, Tyler Jenniges and Alex Jansson

WP- Tumberg; LP- Johnson

(Game 2)

WDC 100 02 - 3 4 2

S-M 104 0 - 5 5 2

Gannon George and Tyler Wohlwend; Jordan Riewer and Brandon Haglin

WP- Riewer; LP- George

HR- C. Redfield (WDC)