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Blazers edge Shockers for Hi-10 crown

Photo by Robert Williams/EOT Focus Wadena-Deer Creek pitcher Jordan Wohlwend struck out 15 batters last Friday as the Shockers advanced to the championship game of the Hi-10 League playoffs with a 5-3 win over Detroit Lakes.

Patrick Riewer came up with a walk-off double with one out in the bottom of the 10th to give the Bertha Blazers a 6-5 victory over Wadena-Deer Creek Saturday in the Hi-10 League title game.

Coming off a 5-3 victory Friday night at Detroit Lakes, the fourth-seeded Shockers gave the top-seeded Blazers all they wanted but scored only one unearned run off seven Bertha errors.

The Shockers stranded 11 baserunners and left the bases full in the top of the 10th. Travis George reached on an error and Seth Hamman and Andrew Dornbusch loaded the bases with two out. Gannon George popped out to end the threat.

The Blazers broke their 5-5 deadlock with the Shockers in the bottom half of the 10th as Jason Seiling singled to lead off the inning. After Carl Amundson flied out, Kyle Zirbes was brought in as a pinch-runner. Michael Riewer singled to put runners on first and second bringing Patrick Riewer to the plate.

Casey Johnson started on the hill for the Shockers but gave way to J.J. Truax in the third. Truax limited the Blazers to one run from the fourth to the ninth frames. His off-speed pitches limited the Blazers to 24 plate appearances from the third to the ninth inning.

Patrick Riewer came on in the 10th for the Blazers to gain the victory. The Blazers started Matthew Hartung on the mound and also threw Michael Riewer and Ryan Denny. The Blazers issued seven walks but managed to escape behind good pitching in clutch situations.

"Our pitchers pitched really well," Bertha skipper Byron Hartung said. "We also got some big hits."

Jayme George scored three times for the Shockers but no WDC player had more than one hit. Justin Byland had three hits for the Blazers while Denny and Patrick Riewer collected two each. Amundson drove in two runs for Bertha.

The one-run decision was the fourth in six one-run Hi-10 League playoff games by the Shockers.

Both teams advance into the Region 14C playoffs which open Saturday. The Shockers draw Lake and Pine South runner-up Verndale in a 1:30 p.m. game at Nimrod. The Blazers open with Resorters East runner-up Clarissa at 10 a.m. in Sebeka.

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Casey Johnson, J.J. Truax (3) and Jamie Nordlund and Johnson; Matthew Hartung, Michael Riewer (5), Ryan Denny (9), Patrick Riewer and Justin Byland

WP- P. Riewer; LP- Truax

WDC 5, Detroit Lakes 3

The Shockers took what the Angels gave them Friday night and ousted the second-seeded Detroit Lakes club from the Hi-10 playoffs.

The fourth-seeded Shockers jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first and then cruised the rest of the night behind the complete-game pitching effort of Jordan Wohlwend.

Wohlwend struck out 15 batters and walked only two. Good defense by the Shockers stranded 12 Detroit Lakes baserunners.

Casey Johnson drove in one run and Seth Hamann drove in two in the top of the first. Wohlwend threw three shutout innings before the Lakers were able to push a run across in the fourth on base hits by Phil Kirchner and Doug Dickey.

Taylor Fuhs took matters in his own hands in the fifth when the Detroit Lakes hurler cut WDC's lead to one with a solo shot.

Wohlwend fired back at Fuhs and the Angels as he cashed in on a Reed Oistad throwing error to score from third.

The Shockers saw their lead cut to one again in the eighth when Rob Cox singled in Dickey.

Wohlwend scored an insurance run for the Shockers in the top of the ninth.

The Angels ended the season with a 20-10 record.

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Jordan Wohlwend and Jamie Nordlund; Taylor Fuhs, Matt Huberty (9) and Doug Dickey

WP- Wohlwend; LP- Fuhs

HR- Fuhs (DL)