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WDC American Legion gains split

Photos by Brian Hansel Wadena-Deer Creek Legion hurler Jeremy Hoemberg fires a pitch homeward as a Park Rapids baserunner takes his lead from first base during Tuesday's first game in Wadena.1 / 2
WDC's Wyatt Weber slides head first into second base ahead of a throw. Weber drew a pick-off throw and when it eluded the first baseman he scrambled to second. Weber later came around to score for Wadena-Deer Creek.2 / 2

Ryan Redfield, Kenny Sakry and Christian Berg combined for six hits, six runs and two RBIs Tuesday Wadena-Deer Creek rallied for a split in their American Legion baseball doubleheader with Park Rapids.

The visiting Park Rapids crew edged WDC 7-6 in the opener as David Dirks went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and Drew Bade went 2-for-3 with two runs.

Cory Odland went all the way for the mound win and held WDC to one run over the final four frames.

Berg went 3-for-3, doubled and drove in two runs for WDC. Jake Rude went 2-for-4 with a double and one ribbie.

Jeremy Hoemberg got the nod for WDC and worked until the fifth when he turned the pitching over to Redfield.

Game 2 saw WDC grabbing a 4-1 lead after three innings and then answering a three-run rally by Park Rapids in the fourth with one of their own.

Sakry combined to handle WDC's pitching along with Berg and Jonathan Goeden, who was credited with the win.

No Park Rapids player came up with more than one hit in the loss.

Both clubs had rough nights in the field with WDC committing nine miscues and Park Rapids committing 14.

(Game 1)

PR 230 200 0 - 7 8 7

WDC 311 001 0 - 6 8 5

Jeremy Hoemberg, Ryan Redfield (5) and Jake Rude; Cory Odland and Kyle Goplerud

WP- Odland; LP- Hoemberg

(Game 2)

PR 100 30 - 4 6 7

WDC 202 3x - 7 7 4

Eischens and Goplerude; Kenny Sakry, Jonthan Goeden (3), Christian Berg (5) and Berg, Wyatt Weber

WP- Goeden; LP- Eischens

Save- Berg

WDC 6-6, Walker 1-3

David Najjar and Jonathan Goeden were the winning hurlers in a June 7 sweep of the Walker Legion squad.

Najjar combined with Jake Rude to fire six shutout innings in the opener. Najjar fanned five and walked four in five innings of work. Rude scattered three hits over the last two frames.

Rude and Cory Tumberg both homered for the WDC Legion. Jake Krause collected three hits, a triple, two runs and one RBI in the win. Sakry and Wyatt Weber both had two safeties.

Goeden replaced starter Ricky Price in the third to pick up the mound victory in Game two.

Park Rapids pitching held WDC in check for two innings before a three-run third erased a 2-0 advantage.

Najjar and Price both went 2-for-3 with one RBI in the win. Krause was 1-for-2 with one RBI. Sakry collected one hit and scored once.

WDC played errorless ball and Walker was guilty of just two.

(Game 1)

WDC 202 000 2 - 6 11 0

Walker 001 000 0 - 1 4 1

David Najjar, Jake Rude (6) and Wyatt Weber; Kellog and Richter

WP-Najjar; LP-Kellog

HR- Tumberg, Rude (WDC)

(Game 2)

WDC 003 12 - 6 8 0

Walker 110 10 - 3 3 1

Ricky Price, Jonathan Goeden (3) and Christian Berg; Becker, Kirby (4) and Wiemann

WP- Goeden; LP- Becker