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Baseball: Bluffton walks-off Hutchinson to keep state title hopes alive

Josh Dykhoff's RBI single in the bottom of the 11th sent the Bluffton braves to the sweet 16 with a 4-3 win over Hutchinson.

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FARIBAULT – The Bluffton Braves pulled another rabbit out of their hat in the second round of the Class C State Amateur Baseball Tournament on Saturday.

Tied 1-1 in the top of the 12th inning, Hutchinson's Andy Kratenmeyer launched a two-run home run after Cody Arlt was hit by a pitch.

In the bottom of the frame, Logan Pulju and Isaac Hamann singled before Payton Rondestvedt cleared the bases with an extra base hit to tie the game. Josh Dykhoff walked off the Huskies in the next at bat with a single, advancing the Braves to sweet 16 for the third straight season with a 4-3 win.

Bluffton scored the first run of the game in the sixth inning. Wyatt Hamann’s RBI single scored Jake Dykhoff to take a 1-0 lead. Hutchinson’s Lane Glaser tied the game with a solo shot in the top of the seventh.

Starting pitchers Kevin Tumberg and Kyle Kueseke combined for 15 innings and two runs allowed.

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Bluffton takes on the Jordan Brewers at 11 a.m. on Saturday in Dundas. The remaining four rounds of the Class C tournament will be played Labor Day weekend.

Jared Rubado is the sports editor for the Detroit Lakes Tribune and the Perham Focus. He moved to the area in September of 2021 after covering sports for the Alexandria Echo Press for nearly three years. Jared graduated from the University of Augustana in 2018 with degrees in journalism and sports managment.
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