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Dykhoff duo shuts down Parkers Prairie

Wadena-Deer Creek's Jake Dykhoff delivers to the plate against Parkers Prairie on May 3. Heather Bullock/Pioneer Journal

It was Jake Dykhoff in game one and Justin Dykhoff in game two as the Dykhoff duo shut down Parkers Prairie, helping the Wadena-Deer Creek baseball team to 7-1 and 3-2 sweep of Parkers Prairie on May 3 in Wadena.

Jake Dykhoff toed the rubber in game one and went seven strong innings. He allowed one run and scattered three hits. He struck out 13 and didn’t walk a single batter when he made quick work of Parkers Prairie.

Justin Dykhoff fires across the diamond for the out at first.

Preston Warren set the table at the top of the order. He had one hit, two runs batted in and scored two runs. Noah Ross followed in the second spot with two hits and three runs batted in, while Jake Dykhoff in the third spot drove in a run and added two hits.

Colby Schertler scored a pair of runs and reached base three times with a pair of walks and a single. The Wolverines did the majority of their damage in the middle innings, scoring two in the third and five in the fourth.

Ross drove in two of the runs in the third inning with a two-run double. Warren drove in two in the fourth with a double, while Ross plated a run with a single Jake Dykhoff plated another with a double and Wyatt Hamann brought one in with a ground out.

Wyatt Hamann connects with a pitch against Parkers Prairie

That would be more than enough run support Jake Dykhoff. The lone blemish came in the sixth when a runner reached on an error and eventually scored.

Matt Ferley took the loss in game one for Parkers Prairie.

Justin Dykhoff helped himself to an early lead in game two when he hit a sacrifice fly in the first inning, scoring Ross, who singled with one out. Colby Schertler added to the lead with an RBI double in the second, while a pair of errors in the sixth helped the Wolverines get an insurance run.

Parkers Prairie rattled out 11 hits, but could only push two runners across against Justin Dykhoff. He scattered 11 hits and struck out six batters.

Noah Koep took the loss for Parkers Prairie.

The Wolverines improved to 6-1 overall on the season and 5-0 in the Park Region Conference. The Wolverines are back in action for a game on the road at Sebeka on May 4.

Game 1

PP 0 0 0  0 0 1 0--1 3 0

WDC 0 0 2  5 0 0 x--7 7 1

WP: Jake Dykhoff

LP: Matt Ferley

Game 2

WDC 1 1 0  0 0 1 0--3 6 3

PP 0 0 0  0 1 1 0--2 11 3

WP: Justin Dykhoff

LP: Noah Koep

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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