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Wolverines fall in finale, open playoffs with OTC

Wadena-Deer Creek's Jake Dykhoff launches a three-run home run in the Wolverines' season finale against Sauk Centre. Heather Bullock/Pioneer Journal

The Wadena-Deer Creek baseball team closed out the regular season on the losing end of a 19-11 slugfest with Sauk Centre in Wadena on May 24.

The Mainstreeters broke open a 7-7 game with a 12-run seventh inning and held off a small rally from the Wolverines in the bottom of the inning for the win.

The Wolverines closed out the season with a 16-4 record overall and earned the No. 3 seed for the Section 8AA Playoffs. The Wolverines close the regular season with a pair of back-to-back losses, the first such losing streak of the year for Wadena-DC.

They look to turn the momentum back on their side when they open the 8AA playoffs at home against Ottertail Central at 5 p.m. on May 29.

Preston Warren gets hit by the pitch against Sauk Centre.

The Bulldogs and the Wolverines are no stranger to each other. The conference rivals squared off at Siebert Field with the Wolverines earning a 2-1 extra inning victory. The Wolverines took the second game by a 7-2 score in Battle Lake.

In the loss to Sauk Centre, Jake Dykhoff delivered with six runs batted in. He finished with three hits, including a three-run home run in the fourth that tied the game. He drove in a run in the first, third and seventh innings for the Wolverines.

Isaac Witthuhn added three hits, while Noah Ross and Noah Roers had two hits each. Preston Warren scored three runs, while Ross, Jake Dykhoff and Max Phillips scored two runs each. Roers and Witthuhn had a run scored.

Dylan Haskamp drove in six runs as well for Sauk Centre, he hit a three-run home run as well in the fourth.

Thirteen of the first 14 batters reached base in the seventh inning as the Mainstreeters broke it open with 12 runs on 11 hits.

Payton Rondestvedt took the loss in relief. He allowed nine runs on 12 hits in three innings of relief. Noah Ross started and allowed four runs on five hits. Noah Roers pitched an inning of relief and allowed six runs on five hits.

SKC 4 0 0  3 0 0 12--19 22 0

WDC 1 0 3  3 0 0 4--11 11 3

WP: Alex Kowski

LP: Payton Rondestvedt

HR: Jake Dykhoff, Dylan Haskamp

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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