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Wadena-DC bounces back from loss to Sebeka with win over Pequot Lakes

Wadena-Deer Creek's Noah Ross connects for a run-scoring single against Pequot Lakes. Jason Groth/Pioneer Journal

The Wadena-Deer Creek bounced back from a tough 4-2 loss by rolling over Pequot Lakes in a contest of two of the top teams in Section 8AA. Jake Dykhoff was magnificent on the mound again for the Wolverines in blanking the previously undefeated Patriots.

The Wolverines had just put up a lackluster performance against Sebeka in the prior contest, but came out of the gates with renewed energy for their section contest. It was also the seventh game in a seven day stretch for the Wolverines.

Wadena-DC's Jake Dykhoff delivers to the plate.

Dykhoff fanned 13 Patriots and allowed just three hits in the effort. He was threatened once in the game which was in the sixth inning but he worked out of that thanks to a strikeout and a diving catch in centerfield by Max Phillips.

Justin Dykhoff helped put the game away with a two-out, three-run homerun to right field, giving the Wolverines a 6-0 lead in the fifth inning.

“I knew I got a hold of it,” Dykhoff said. “I heard my coach yell get out ball and then I watched it go over and put a smile on my face right away. I was struggling hitting and was hoping to see the ball. I saw it and I hit it.”

Justin, who caught game two, said it’s fun behind the plate when Jake is pitching. He said he doesn’t make it hard and they are quick innings.

“He never throws anything in the dirt and makes it an easy job,” Justin Dykhoff said. “We trust each other catching and trust each other calling the games.”

Noah Ross finished with three hits and drove in two runs for the Wolverines, while Wyatt Hamann drove in two runs.

The Wolverines sit at 13-2 overall and 11-1 in the Park Region Conference. It was the first loss of the season for Pequot Lakes, who slips to 11-1.

PQL 0 0 0  0 0 0 0--0 3 1

WDC 1 0 1  0 4 2 x--8 11 2

WP: Jake Dykhoff

LP: Austin Meister

HR: Justin Dykhoff

Wadena-DC vs. Sebeka

Sebeka’s Noah Stevens shut down the potent Wadena-Deer Creek line-up and snapped the Wolverines 11-game winning streak with a complete game effort. The right-handed pitcher allowed two runs on three hits. He fanned four batters, walked four and hit one batter.

Defense behind him helped as well when they turned a pair of double plays, keeping the Wolverines from gaining any momentum in the game.

Jack Lillquist drove in a pair of runs, while Tyce Lee added an RBI single as well. Sebeka broke a 2-2 tie with two runs in the sixth inning on singles by Lillquist and Lee with two outs.

Payton Rondestvedt took the loss on the bump. He went six innings and allowed four runs on six hits. He struck out five and walked two.

Preston Warren, Noah Ross and Justin Dykhoff had hits for the Wolverines.

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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