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There was a lot of flapping in the trees from Minnesota commentators about the second half of the season as the Twins wrapped up their series with Colorado July 13. It sounded like the main reason the Twins were 10.5 games out of first and sitting in the AL Central cellar was a freakishly tough schedule. The Twins placed 19 of baseball's 32 major league teams during what can loosely called the first half, including 10 with winning records and five - Oakland, Detroit, Baltimore, Milwaukee and the L.A.
Joe Wallgren fired a three-hitter and the Wadena lineup put together 12 hits in routing Blackduck 14-0 June 13 in a sub-district game at Park Rapids. Wallgren issued five walked while striking out four. "Unbelievable," Tumberg said. "We came out and absolutely dominated in all aspects of this game. Joe threw a fantastic game for us and our defense had his back the entire game. Our bats were hot from the start and never cooled off." Post 171 tacked up seven runs before Blackduck even came to bat.
July 4 • A complainant reported he had removed two unruly men from the Whiskey Creek Saloon in Wadena. The men allegedly returned and threatened the owner by saying they were going to shoot the place up. The owner alleged the two men had been smoking marijuana on the patio. They left in a red Ford Mustang. The license plate number of the vehicle could not be supplied. • A female passenger was reported for allegedly throwing a white, rocky substance from inside a four-door passenger car traveling on Northeast Elm in Wadena.
The Bertha Blazers kept their winning streak alive Saturday with a pair of victories over Wadena-Deer Creek and Staples. Patrick Riewer struck out nine and surrendered only four hits in seven innings as Bertha claimed an 11-1 victory over Wadena-Deer Creek. Both teams scored in the first. The Shockers put leadoff hitter Seth Hamann aboard with a single, Jayme George put down a sacrifice bunt and Travis George singled Hamann home. The Blazers came right back in the bottom half of the inning with the same strategy.
Wyatt Fitzsimmons laced a two-out single to score Jake Dykhoff with the winning run as Wadena edged Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale 4-3 Wednesday in the first round of the Sub-District playoffs. The victory propelled Wadena into Monday's second round of action against No. 1 Sebeka and dropped BHV into consolation action Monday. Post 171 grabbed a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth when Jake Krause and Wyatt Weber reached on errors.
Big Matt Birk, who visited Wadena in April as the featured guest of Tri County Health Care's Men's Night Out, has a new job with the National Football League. The St. Paul man, who was eying a Wall Street career after graduating from Harvard in 1998, was drafted as a tackle in the sixth round by Minnesota.
The Wolverine Summer Football Camps are slated for July 29-30 and Aug. 4-6 at the Wadena-Deer Creek High School practice field. Grades 9-12 will be go from 6-9 p.m. in...
Jake Januszewski of Perham and Mishka Vertin of Minneapolis took top honors Saturday in the Otter Tail Lake Chase. Januszewski ran the 8K race in an overall best time of 28:44.
The Wadena Legion used some last minute fireworks to hand Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale a pair of defeats Wednesday night on the Wadena diamond. Tied at 4-all going into the bottom of the sixth in Game 1, Kevin Tumberg's Post 171 crew saw leadoff hitter Wyatt Fitzsimmons reach when he was hit by a pitch. Fitzsimmons stole second and was joined on base by Thomas Brekke who drew a walk. Zac Schertler's groundout moved the Wadena runners to second and third.
When the Minnesota Twins reached the midway point of their 2014 season they found themselves with just two more victories than they had at the same point in 2013 — and a substantial nine games out of first place in the AL Central. It is true that the Twins are showing more fire this season but they have gone into a tailspin since taking four from the White Sox in late June. The went out west to play the Angels and the Rangers and came back with a 1-5 record. Then they lost a three-game series to the Royals and lost a four-game series to the Yankees.