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Wadena-DC blanks BH/V for school-record ninth shutout

The Wadena-Deer Creek baseball team continues to add to its historic run when they blanked Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale on May 14 in Wadena.

The 7-0 victory was the Wolverines ninth shutout of the season and their 15th win of the season. The Wolverines are 15-1 overall after the Park Region Conference victory and are on the verge of locking up the Park Region Conference title. The Wolverines have allowed just 16 runs in their 16 games and have outscored opponents 125-16 during the season.

At the top of the rotation has been senior right-handed pitcher Justin Dykhoff. Dykhoff is 7-0 with one save and continued his dominance when he shut down B-H/V for six and two-thirds. He struck out eight batters and allowed four hits. He gave up two walks, which is a season high for the senior with impeccable control. He doubled his season walk total with the two walks in the game and has issued four of them in 42 innings of work.

Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale had a chance in the first to strike. Tate Bounds singled, which was followed by a walk to Matt Stoege. Jackson Weniger followed with a single to load the bases, but Dykhoff struck out Brayden Vertina and got Adam Bauch to ground out to end the frame.

Wadena-DC jumped on the board in the second inning when Colby Schertler doubled and eventually scored on a single by Chase Nordlund, giving the Wolverines a 1-0 lead.

The Wolverines tacked on two more in the fourth and added another in the fifth. Wyatt Hamann singled in a run in the fifth to make it 4-0.

Wadena-DC put the finishing touches on the game in the sixth inning. Lleyten Pettit brought in a run with a ground out and Wadena-DC scored a pair of runs on an a BH/V error.

Max Phillips recorded the final out of the game via the strikeout to finish off the shut out.

Schertler finished with a pair of hits, while Nordlund had two hits and a run batted in. Dykhoff, Hamann, Noah Roers, Dylan Ness and Mason Snyder had hits in the game. Snyder drove in a run as well.

The Wolverines return home for a 4:30 p.m. start against Menahga at the Wadena Baseball Field.

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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