With a berth in the Class C State Tournament already in their back pocket, the Bluffton Braves had one more goal to accomplish in the Region 14C Championship game. The Braves were seeking their first Region 14C Championship and did just that with a 13-0 victory over the Perham Pirates on Aug. 10 at Krueger Field in Perham.
It was the fourth straight time this season the Braves got the upper hand on the Pirates, but this game was never in doubt for the Braves. Bluffton jumped ahead early and often on the Pirates. Bluffton scored three runs in the first and tacked on eight more runs in the second inning, eliminating any doubt in the outcome of the championship game.
The Braves will be making their second straight Class C Tournament appearance when they take on either Waterville or St. Benedict in the tournament's second round on Aug. 24 at 4:30 p.m. in Maple Lake.
Jake Dykhoff earned the tournament's Most Valuable Player award. The right handed pitcher and shortstop earned the win, pitching five innings. He struck out seven and walked four batters. He allowed just one hit on the bump. Dustin Geiser pitched an inning of scoreless relief as did Skylar Mursu in the win.
Kyle Dykhoff continued to be a force in the middle of the line up for the Braves. Dykhoff finished with two hits and drove in four of the 13 runs for Bluffton. Wyatt Hamann finished the game with three hits for the Braves as well in the win.
The Braves capitalized on a pair of Perham errors in the first inning for the game's first run, but Kyle Dykhoff followed with a single to score two more, giving Bluffton the 3-0 lead.
Walks and timely hits in the second inning put the game away for the Braves. Jake Dykhoff doubled home a pair of runs in the big eight run inning. Kyle Dykhoff doubled home a run, while Sam Tellers and Hamann singled home runs as well.
Bluffton tacked on two more runs later in the game, stretching the lead to 13-0, which would be the game's final score.
Jack Stigman took the loss for Perham on the mound. He pitched an inning and gave up three unearned runs. Chris Ruther, Gavin Biegler and Maddux Kovash had hits for Perham in the loss.
The Braves will enjoy a bye in the opening round of the Class C State Tournament and will take on either Waterville or St. Benedict in Maple Lake on Aug. 24.