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Wolverines shut down Pequot Lakes, continue winning streak

The Wadena-Deer Creek baseball team continues to make its claim for the No. 1 seed in the south subsection of Section 8AA when they picked up a 9-0 victory over Pequot Lakes in Pequot Lakes on May 9.

The Wolverines have won 13 straight games to start the season and continue to use the simple formula of pitching, defense and timely hitting.

The Wolverines belted out 13 hits and received another complete-game shutout effort from Justin Dykhoff on the mound when they shut down Pequot Lakes, who is expected to contend in Section 8AA as well.

Dykhoff allowed just two hits and struck out 11. He didn’t walk or hit a batter in the game. He ran into trouble in the fifth, but was able to get out of it with a strike out and a pop out. In the fifth, Pequot Lakes had runners at the corners with just one out.

Wadena-DC struck first in the second inning when Max Phillips delivered a two-out, two run single to make it 2-0.

The Wolverines broke things open in the third. Noah Roers drove in a run and Josh Dykhoff plated two with a two-run triple. He eventually scored on a backend of a double steal.

Wadena-DC added to the lead in the fourth with RBI’s from Colby Schertler, Wyatt Hamann and Roers.

Phillips had two hits and two runs batted as did Josh Dykhoff. Justin Dykhoff finished with a pair of hits. Hamann and Roers each had three hits, while Hamann drove in one, Roers drove in two.

The Wolverines return to action with a contest under the lights when they take on New York Mills at 7:30 in Deer Creek.

Wadena-DC vs. Ottertail Central

The Wadena-Deer Creek offense struck early and often when they picked up an 11-5 victory over Ottertail Central on May 7 in Wadena.

The heart of the Wadena-DC order did the damage with Justin Dykhoff driving in four runs, Wyatt Hamann driving in three runs, while Colby Schertler had three hits and drove in a run as well. Noah Roers added two hits and a run batted in during the victory for the Wolverines.

The Wolverines scored eight runs in the first two innings and built up a big lead for Lleyten Pettit, who picked up the win on the hill.

Pettit went four innings and allowed one hit. He struck out three and walked two batters. Hamann finished the ball game on the bump. He allowed five runs, three earned on six hits. He fanned two batters.

Schertler drove in a run in the first with a single, but two runs came around to score on a single by Hamann.

Justin Dykhoff drove in two in the second, while Hamman and Roers each drove in a run in the five run inning for Wadena-DC.

Dykhoff connected again in the fourth with the big fly. He hit a two-run home run, extending the Wadena-DC lead. Dylan Ness drove in a run as well with a sacrifice fly in the fourth.

Daxton Olson was tagged with the loss for Ottertail Central. He allowed 10 runs, three earned over three innings of work. He gave up nine hits and struck out one.

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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