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Wadena-DC sweeps Sebeka

Wadena-Deer Creek's Zac Schertler makes contact with a pitch against Sebeka. Wadena-DC earned a doubleheader sweep at home against Sebeka, 2-1 and 12-6. Jason Groth/Pioneer Journal

It was a tale of two games for the Wadena-Deer Creek American Legion baseball team when it completed a doubleheader sweep of Sebeka on July 5 at the Wadena-DC High School baseball field.

The first game was a classic pitcher’s duel between Wadena-DC’s Justin Dykhoff and Sebeka’s Tom Litzau. Wadena-DC’s Dykhoff was able to outlast Litzau when they walked off, 2-1, in game one. Game two was the polar opposite. Wadena-DC earned a 12-6 victory in a game that featured just nine hits, but 18 walks, one hit batter and five errors.

Both Dykhoff and Litzau were cruising in the first game, matching zeroes for the first five innings.

Sebeka struck first in the sixth inning, breaking through against the righty. Mason Dailey led off with a double and moved to third on a single by Charley Thompson. With two away, Litzau helped himself with a bloop single to left, scoring Dailey with the game’s first run.

Wadena-Deer Creek responded with a two-out rallied, which was keyed on back-to-back doubles by Jake Dykhoff and Wyatt Hamann. Hamann was left stranded at second to end the inning, but Wadena-Deer Creek got the much needed run to tie the game.

Justin Dykhoff shut Sebeka down in the seventh, setting up the walk-off victory in the bottom half of the inning. Litzau, who was in command for most of the game, was hampered by his only lead off walk allowed in the seventh. Litzau walked Andrew McCullough, which set the table for Wadena-Deer Creek to play small ball. Colby Schertler executed a bunt, moving McCullough to second for Preston Warren. Warren slapped a single to right field, scoring McCullough with the game-winning run.

Justin Dykhoff

Justin Dykhoff scattered seven hits, while striking out eight batters. He walked just one batter in earning the win. He gave up single hits in the second, third, fourth and fifth innings, but was rarely in trouble until the sixth when Sebeka struck for a run.

Litzau was tagged with the loss. He went six and a third, allowing two runs on six hits. He struck out four and walked two batters. He escaped trouble in the fourth and fifth innings, before Wadena-Deer Creek struck in the sixth and seventh.

Tom Litzau

Isaac Witthuhn, Jake Dykhoff, Colby Schertler and Preston Warren finished with hits for Wadena-Deer Creek. Hamann finished with a pair of hits in the win.

The second game was the complete opposite of a classic as Wadena-Deer Creek earned a 12-6 to complete the sweep.

Noah Ross earned the win in relief for Wadena-DC. He settled in after a working himself into a jam in the second. He allowed three runs on two hits. He struck out seven and walked five, with three of those walks coming in the second inning. Ross worked out of that bases loaded jam, allowing the offense to take control in the bottom of the second inning.

Wadena-DC erased a 3-1 deficit with a 10 run second inning, scoring on just three hits, while capitalizing on eight walks and one hit batter against three Sebeka pitchers. Justin Dykhoff drove in two runs in the inning, while Bryce Cooper plated two with a double. Noah Roers and Preston Warren drove in runs as well.

Wyatt Hamann

The second inning put the game out of reach as Wadena-DC cruised to the six run victory. Sebeka pushed three runs across in the fifth, but it wasn’t enough to catch Wadena-DC.

Jake Dykhoff, Justin Dykhoff, Colby Schertler, Noah Ross, Noah Roers and Bryce Cooper finished with hits in the win.

Jason Groth

 Groth is a Minnesota Newspaper Association award-winning Sports Editor of the Perham Focus and the Wadena Pioneer Journal. Groth worked in Grand Rapids as the Sports Director at KOZY/KMFY radio for two years and prior to that he was the Sports Editor/Writer for the Grand Rapids Herald-Review for seven years. 

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