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WDC Junior Babe Ruth squad captures state championship

 A strong comeback effort carried the Wadena-Deer Creek Junior Babe Ruth squad to their first state tournament championship Sunday in Pelican Rapids.

 Sparked by the hitting and pitching of standout Jake Dykhoff, the WDC team downed Breckenridge 6-3 and 2-1 in the championship bracket of the double-elimination tournament.

 “The biggest thing for me was seeing all the work by the parents, the coaches and the players just finally pay off,” WDC Head Coach Kyle Dykhoff said.

Wadena-Deer Creek finished the season with a 28-1 record.

 After defeating a stubborn Barnesville club 4-2 Thursday and bombing Warroad 12-2 on Friday, the team’s 25-game unbeaten string was broken Saturday as Dykhoff’s club fell to Breckenridge 9-8. The WDC club gained the right to meet Breck in the finals with a 6-3 win over Melrose on Sunday.

WDC 2, Breckenridge 1

 Jake Dykhoff fired a seven-inning gem in the tournament’s final game.

 Dykhoff scattered five hits, did not allow a walk and fanned nine.

 The WDC squad came up with 11 hits. Jake and Justin Dykhoff both collected two safeties. Jake Dykhoff and Isaac Witthuhn scored WDC’s runs. Preston Warren went 2-for-3.

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WP-Jake Dykhoff; LP- Wes Johnson

WDC 6, Breckenridge 3

 Jake Dykhoff supported a complete game pitching effort by Skylar Mursu with three hits as WDC forced a second game with Breckenridge.

 The WDC squad fell behind 3-0 in the bottom of the first but Mursu then threw six straight scoreless frames and WDC played errorless defense.

Dykhoff was 3-for-4 at the plate, scored once and drove in a run. Mursu helped his own cause by going 2-for-3, scoring once and driving in a run. Jackson Becker went 1-for-2 and drove in two runs.

 Mursu, a draftee from New York Mills, gave up five hits and five walks while fanning seven.

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WP- Mursu; LP - Tommy Hiedeman

WDC 6, Melrose 3

 A five-run fourth inning carried WDC past Melrose and into the championship round with Breckenridge.

 Jake Dykhoff went 2-for-3 with one run and two RBIs. Mack Jones went 1-for-4, scored once and drove in two runs.

 New York Mills draftee Ethan Hendrickx went all the way on the hill for WDC. Hendrickx walked four and fanned six.

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WP- Ethan Hendrickx; LP- Stahlberger

Breckenridge 9, WDC 8

 WDC broke on top early in Saturday’s meeting with Breck grabbing a 7-2 lead after three innings.

 Jon Kram’s club rallied for five runs in the fifth to grab an 8-7 advantage.

 Mack Jones started on the mound for WDC and worked four innings before giving way to Jake Dykhoff, who was hung with the loss. The WDC hurlers allowed a total of just four hits.

 Noah Ross supplied the fireworks for WDC with two hits, three RBIs and one run. Preston Warren was 1-for-3 with two ribbies. Jones, Dykhoff and Skylar Mursu combined for six hits, two runs and two RBIs.

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WP- Wes Johnson; LP - Jake Dykhoff

WDC 12, Warroad 2

 Skylar Mursu settled down to throw four scoreless frames and WDC came up with 11 hits in a five-inning victory over Warroad.

 Mursu went the distance allowing three walks and five hits while fanning seven.

Jake Dykhoff went 3-for-4 at the plate with three runs and one RBI. Justin Dykhoff was 3-for-3 with two RBIs. Isaac Witthuhn and Mack Jones combined with Mursu for five hits, five runs and two RBIs.

 Four of WDC’s 12 runs were unearned.

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WP- Skylar Mursu; LP- Keaton Hoffman

WDC 4, Barnesville 2

 The unbeaten WDC squad was forced to battle in their tournament opener but scored twice in the eighth to advance.

 Isaac Witthuhn scored the go-ahead run in the top of the eighth on a Barnesville error.

 Mack Jones collected a pair of safeties for WDC while Skylar Mursu drove in two runs.

 Ethan Hendrickx was awarded the win in relief of Jake Dykhoff.

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WP- Ethan Hendrickx; LP- C. Aakre