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Wolverines close the regular season with a split

Wadena-Deer Creek's Courtny Warren charges in and scoops up the ground ball against Menahga. Jason Groth/Pioneer Journal

The Wadena-Deer Creek closed out the regular season with a doubleheader split with the Menahga Braves at the Wadena softball field on May 17. The Wolverines won an explosive offensive contest in game one 13-8, while the Braves held off the Wolverines in a 5-4 victory in game two.

Wadena-DC's Nevad Schulz connects with the pitch against Menahga.

The Wolverines finished the regular season with a 9-9 record and a 7-7 record in the Park Region Conference. The Wolverines showed continued improvement throughout the season from a team that dropped 18 of its 21 contests a year ago. Last season, the Wolverines finished in seventh place in the Park Region Conference with a 3-11 mark. This year, the Wolverines improved that mark and finished in a tie for fourth with Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale.

The Wolverines will likely open up the Section 8AA playoffs on the road. The official brackets and seedings will be announced on May 19. The Section 8AA playoffs begin on Tuesday, May 22 at the high seed’s home field.

The Wolverines started strong with three in the third in game one. However, Menahga quickly responded with a four-run fourth inning. The Wolverines answered with five of their own and added a run in the fifth, before answering another Menahga rally in the sixth. Both teams scored four runs in the sixth inning, but Wadena-DC held on, earning the 13-8 win.

Amber Moen gets in a rundown against Menahga in game one.

Mackenzie Carsten earned the win. She went the distance and allowed eight runs on 10 hits. She struck out 11 and walked six batters.

Eight Wadena-DC batters recorded hits in the game with six of the recording multiple hits. Courtny Warren, Lila Lohmiller, Kyla Ness and Hailey Wiederich had two hits each. Amber Moen and Casey Volkmann finished with three hits each, while Laura Krause and Carsten had a hit each.

Ness and Moen combined to drive in eight of the 13 runs as they both drove in four each. Warren, Lohmiller, Volkmann and Nevada Schulz each brought in a run as well.

The Braves closed out the regular season with a 5-4 victory over the Wolverines. The Braves responded to a late rally from the Wolverines, scoring the game-winning run in the sixth inning.

The Wolverines had their chances but they stranded nine runners on base in the loss.

Casey Volkmann took the loss on the mound. She pitched six innings and allowed five runs on seven hits. She struck out four and hit one batter.

Carsten, Moen, Volkmann and Krause had the lone hits in the game. The Wolverines walked eight times in the loss, but could not push across enough runs for the sweep.

The Wolverines now wait to see who they take on in the opening round of the Section 8AA playoffs, which begin on Tuesday, May 22 at various sites.

Game 1

MEN 0 0 0  4 0 4 0--8 10 1

WDC 0 0 3  5 1 4 x--13 16 0

WP: Mackenzie Carsten

LP: Leah Schwartz

Game 2

WDC 0 0 0  0 1 3 0--4 4 5

MEN 0 2 1  1 0 1 x--5 7 2

WP: Jamie Erno

LP: Casey Volkmann

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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