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Amateur baseball: Bluffton, New York Mills and Deer Creek to begin Region 14C tournament play this weekend

The Region 14C amateur baseball tournament will advance two teams to the state tournament in two weeks.

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Wadena-Deer Creek's Payton Rondestvedt pitches in the Wolverines' 7-3 loss against Albany on June 6, 2022 at Dick Putz Field in St. Cloud. Rondestvedt and the Bluffton Braves will begin the 2022 Region 14C amateur baseball tournament this weekend in Deer Creek and Perham.
Jared Rubado / Wadena Pioneer Journal
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WADENA – The Region 14C amateur baseball tournament kicks off this weekend in Perham and Deer Creek.

Bluffton was the top regular-season team in the HI-10 League with a record of 12-3, including a 9-0 record in league play. The Braves will play the winner of Park Rapids (6-10, 5-5) and Verndale (4-10, 2-6) at 4 p.m. on Saturday in Perham.

New York Mills took second behind Bluffton with a record of 13-3, which also notched a first-round bye. New York Mills gets the winner of Midway (9-7, 6-4) and Vergas (5-10). The Millers’ first two games will be played in Deer Creek

Perham (9-4, 6-4) will take on Staples in the play-in round, with the winner getting the Nimrod Gnats (9-6, 7-3) on Saturday in Perham. Deer Creek went 7-9, with a 3-7 league-play record, and will take on Wolf Lake (3-10, 2-5) on Friday in a play-in game. The winner gets Sebeka (12-3, 8-2), the top seed out of the Lake & Pine League.

All play-in games kick off on Friday night. Once the eight-team field is set, the double-elimination tournament will start on Saturday at 1 p.m. in Deer Creek and Perham. The top two teams from Region 14C advance to the state tournament in Faribault, Dundas and Miesville starting Aug. 19.

Jared Rubado is the sports editor for the Detroit Lakes Tribune and the Perham Focus. He moved to the area in September of 2021 after covering sports for the Alexandria Echo Press for nearly three years. Jared graduated from the University of Augustana in 2018 with degrees in journalism and sports managment.
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