Baseball enthusiasts at Elmer Becker Field were treated to an old fashioned baseball game when the Bluffton Braves and the Deer Creek Shockers renewed their rivalry under the lights on July 11. Runs were at a premium with Bluffton's Jake Dykhoff and Deer Creek's Scott Schroeder on the bump for their respective teams. However, it was Bluffton a that was able to scratch across a pair of runs when they picked up a 2-0 victory over their Hi-10 rival.
Dykhoff was on from the first inning when he retired the first six batters he faced. He faced the minimum through the first six innings, despite giving up a single in the third. A pair of base runners would reach on a pair of errors by Bluffton in the seventh and ninth innings, otherwise, it was all Dykhoff on the bump. He allowed the lone hit in the third inning to Mitchell Swanson. He struck out 16 batters and did not walk one in the win.
Schroeder matched Dykhoff for the first five innings, holding the Braves off the board. However, a lead off walk proved to be costly in the sixth inning. Cody Geiser walked and eventually moved to second on an errant pick off attempt. Sam Tellers singled him to third with two outs. Tellers broke for second and stole the bag, while Geiser scored on the back end of the double steal, making it 1-0. Dustin Geiser followed with an RBI single, scoring Tellers for the second and final run of the game.
Schroeder scattered eight hits and gave up just the two runs in eight innings of work. He struck out four, walked one and hit one batter.
Swanson had the lone hit for Deer Creek in the third inning and was wiped off the base paths when he was caught stealing.
Tom Tellers and Sam Tellers had two hits each for the Braves. Dykhoff, Kevin Tumberg and Kurt Mursu each had hits for Bluffton. Dustin Geiser had a hit and run batted in for the Braves in the win.
Jayme George pitched an inning of relief for the Shockers. He shut down the Braves in order in the ninth.
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Dustin Geiser pitched four innings of relief to secure the win. He allowed one run on three hits and struck out two batters. Skylar Mursu started on the mound and allowed one run in two innings of work. He gave up three hits and struck out two. Tumberg pitched three innings of relief and allowed one run on two hits and fanned two.
Preston Warren had a triple and knocked in a run for the Braves. Dykhoff added a double, while Sam Tellers doubled and drove in a run. Mursu added a hit and a run batted in. Kurt Mursu and Cody Geiser had a hit and Geiser drove in a run as well.