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Amateur baseball: Bluffton wins fourth consecutive Region 14C title

After beating Perham 4-0, the Bluffton Braves knocked off New York Mills 6-2 in the Region 14C title game on Saturday.

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The Bluffton Braves won the Region 14C championship with a 6-2 win over the New York Mills Millers on Aug. 13, 2022 at Krueger Field in Perham.
Jared Rubado / Wadena Pioneer Journal
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PERHAM – The Bluffton Braves won the Region 14C amateur baseball tournament on Saturday for the fourth consecutive year with wins over Perham and New York Mills.

After beating Perham 4-0, Bluffton avenged a 6-3 loss from a week earlier with a 6-2 win in the Region 14C title game. Josh Dykhoff earned the win, while Isaac Hamann was named tournament MVP.

The top two teams in the region qualified for the Class C state tournament, which made Bluffton’s rematch against Perham all the more critical on Saturday.

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Perham's Chance Bye pitches in Bluffton's 5-4 win over Perham in 10 innings on Aug. 6, 2022 at Al Krueger Field in the Region 14C second round.
Jared Rubado / Perham Focus

Jake Dykhoff threw a gem to stymie the Pirates offensively. He threw a complete-game, two-hitter with 18 strikeouts. Bluffton’s runs in the first, third and fifth innings were more than enough to knock off Perham in a 4-0 win.

Chas Melvin got the start for the Pirates. He threw nine innings, giving up four runs with two strikeouts. He also recorded one of two hits at the plate. Ben Shumansky had the other.


Perham had to beat Deer Creek on Friday night to keep its season alive. Maddux Kovash threw nine innings, allowing eight hits and two runs with 11 strikeouts. Perham tallied six hits in the 5-2 win. Chris Ruther, Carter Mulcahy, Jace Kovash, Maddux Kovash, Dawson Stevens and Shumansky all did damage at the plate.

Deer Creek scored a run in the first inning before Perham took the lead with a pair of runs in the second. After the Shockers tied the game in the top of the fourth, Perham put up runs in the next three innings to win the game.

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Bluffton Jake Dykhoff pitches in Bluffton's 5-4 win over Perham in 10 innings on Aug. 6, 2022 at Al Krueger Field in the Region 14C second round.
Jared Rubado / Wadena Pioneer Journal

On Aug. 20, the New York Mills Millers will play against the Cold Spring Rockies in the first round of the state tournament in Dundas. The Millers selected Stetson Burkman, Melvin and Stevens to join New York Mills at state.

Bluffton’s tournament kicks off a week later in Faribault. The Braves will take on the winner of the Kimball Express and the Hutchinson Huskies at 1:30 p.m. on Aug. 27. Bluffton selected Kolby Kiser, Chance Bye and Nick Lindberg for the remainder of the postseason.

The first two rounds of the state tournament will be played over the following two weekends, with the final four rounds concluding Labor Day weekend.

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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