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Trojans blast past Wolverines

The Wolverines have games Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of this week.

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Montana Carsten pitched against the Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale Raiders softball team in recent softball action.
Contributed by Grace Gallant, WDC Schools
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SEBEKA — The Sebeka Trojans demonstrated why they are a returning section champion that has designs on a repeat as they blasted their way to a double header sweep against WDC on Monday Night. The Trojans won game one 12-5 and won the second 14-3 in 6 innings.
The first game looked like it would be another slugfest as the Wolverines put up 3 and the Trojans 4 in the first inning. Both pitchers settled in though, as neither team scored again until the fifth. Jenna Dykhoff seemed to be cruising as she mowed down the Sebeka hitters in the second, third and fourth.
WDC took a brief lead in the top of the fifth when Jada Dykhoff led off with a triple. Addie Carr reached on an infield single to put runners on the corner for Mercedes Schulz. Schulz hit a sharp single to score Dykhoff. Jamie Barthel followed with an RBI single to give WDC a 5-4 lead.
The bottom of the inning went south fast for the Wolverines. Sebeka led off with a single and a 4 pitch walk, followed by an RBI double. Dykhoff struck out the next batter and followed with 3 strikes to the next. Unfortunately, the third strike was not handled and Sebeka scored a run. Sebeka followed with a 2 run single and 2 more runs scored on an error. All told, the Trojans finished the inning with 6 runs and a 10-5 lead that they would stretch to the final 12-5 score.
Jenna Dykhoff went the distance in the circle, allowing 12 runs on 10 hits. She struck out 7, but also walked 7 and hit 1 batter. Addison Carr and Mercedes Schulz both had 2 hits. Schulz had 3 RBI while Montana Carsten swiped 3 bases.
Not much went right for the Wolverines in the second game. Sebeka took an early 1-0 lead thanks to some extra outs from the Wolverines. WDC came right back with 1 in the bottom of the first thanks to an RBI single scoring Carsten from Jenna Dykhoff.
Sebeka scored 2 more in the top of the second, but again, WDC closed the gap quickly with an RBI groundout from Montana Carsten to Score Haylee Dickey in the bottom of the inning.
After the second, the Trojans rolled. They scored 4 in the 3rd and 5 in the 4th, thanks to a grand slam. Meanwhile Katelyn Eckman was solid in the circle. She got the complete game, allowing 3 runs on 5 hits with 2 strikeouts.

WDC improves to 7-4 on the season and 5-4 in the PRC. BHV is now 8-2 on the season and 6-1 in the PRC. WDC is slated to play Staples/Motley at 4 p.m. and Lake Park Audubon at 6 p.m. on Thursday and LPGE at 2 p.m. on Friday, all at home.

"It was a tough night to drop two conference games to start our week," said Coach Jack,
"We have needed to move players around to unfamiliar positions due to some injuries. Overall, the girls have risen to the occasion of stepping up where needed for the good of the team, but it has also caused some untimely errors that we don't typically make."
WDC was paced at the plate by Jenna Dykhoff who went 2 for 3 with a double. Mercedes Schulz had an RBI single and a stolen base. Jada Dykhoff had a hit and a steal as well.
WDC drops to 7-7 overall and 5-6 in the PRC. They have a busy week with a double header at Pillager on Tuesday, and single games on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday against Staples/Motley, Menahga and Park Rapids to wrap up the season.

LPGE outslugs WDC softball team

Long Prairie-Grey Eagle scored early and often in an 18-10 win over the Wolverine softball team. The Thunder rolled to 20 hits in the win and scored in all but the fourth inning. The loss put a damper on a big game from junior outfielder Madelyn Gallant. She went 2 for 4 with 3 RBI and belted her first career homer in the second inning.
The game got off to an ominous start when the Thunder started the game with a single and a double that just missed clearing the center field fence. LPGE would go on to post 4 runs in the first and 5 in the second to take a 9-1 lead.
WDC closed the gap a bit in the second, Haylee Dickey started things out with a double and scored on Gallant's blast to deep center. Montana Carsten followed with a single and Jada Dykhoff followed with a single. Both runners scored on Jenna Dykhoff single. Jenna Dykhoff finished the game with 3 hits in 3 at bats and walked once. The freshman first sacker and pitcher has been stinging the ball this season.
WDC would get as close as 10-6 in the third inning, but the hits kept falling for LPGE. They scored 8 runs in the final three innings to stretch the lead and earn the win. As always, WDC kept chipping away, with a single run in the 5th, 2 in the 6th and 1 in the 7th.
Offensively, in addition to Gallant and Jenna Dykhoff, Haylee Dickey had a good day at the plate, going 3 for 4 with and RBI and 3 steals. Jada Dykhoff picked up 2 hits, including a double.
Carsten took the loss in the circle, going just 2 innings, allowing 9 runs on 9 hits. Jenna Dykhoff finished the game, going 5 innings, also allowing 9 runs on 11 hits. She had the only two strikeouts of the Thunder.

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