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Wolverines piling up the runs

Wadena-Deer Creek's Courtny Warren leaps for the throw at second base against Pillager. Photo courtesy of Dana Cantleberry/WDC Schools

The Wadena-Deer Creek softball team continued its offensive outburst with a 28-8 victory over Staples-Motley on April 22 in Staples. The win is the fourth of the season and came after a thrilling 13-12 victory over Pillager on April 18. The Wolverines have averaged 14.5 runs per game in their four wins this season.

Wadena-DC 28, Staples-Motley 8

The Wolverines scored 28 runs on just 10 hits as they capitalized on 23 walks and four hit batters on their way to a 28-8 mercy rule victory. The Wolverines were outhit by the Cardinals 11-10, but it was the wildness of Staples-Motley pitching that did them in.

Myja Nemeth earned the win in the circle for the Wolverines. She allowed four runs on six hits over three innings of work. She struck out three and walked two batters.

The Wolverines scored at least one run in every inning and put up crooked numbers in five of the six innings, scoring 11 runs in the sixth to put the finishing touches on the game.

Kyla Ness finished with two hits, two runs scored and four runs batted in. Laura Krause ended with two hits and four runs batted in for the Wolverines. Nevada Schulz added two hits as well. Courtny Warren, Madison Carsten, Hailey Wiederich and Nemeth recorded hits in the game. Warren, Mackenzie Carsten and Mercedes Schulz each drove in two runs in the victory.

The Wolverines improved their season mark to 4-1 with a Park Region Conference doubleheader against New York Mills at 4 p.m. on April 23.

Wadena-DC's Kyla Ness gets the ball in quickly from left field.

Wadena-DC 13, Pillager 12

The Wadena-DC Wolverines escaped a bases loaded jam for the second straight game in picking up a 13-12 victory over Pillager in Pillager on April 18.

Pillager loaded the bases with no one out after a walk, double and an intentional walk. However, Mackenzie Carsten settled down and escaped the jam. She struck out the next batter, induced an infield fly and recorded a ground out to the mound to secure the win.

The Wolverines fell behind 3-0 in the third inning, but gained the lead with five runs in the fifth inning. Nevada Schulz drove in a run with a single, while Courtny Warren drove in a pair of runs with a single. Kyla Ness doubled home a run, while Laura Krause plated a run with a single as well.

However, Pillager stormed right back to regain the lead with seven in the bottom of the inning. The Wolverines answered with five more in the sixth inning. Nevada Schulz, Ness, Mackenzie Carsten drove in single runs, while Warren drove in two.

Pillager came back with two in the bottom of the sixth, before Wadena-DC answered with three in the seventh. Wadena-DC capitalized on a pair of errors by Pillager and recorded singles by Madison Carsten, Warren and Ness to take the lead at 13-12, setting up the crazy seventh inning.

Mackenzie Carsten recorded the save on the mound. She started, but was relieved before coming back on in the late innings. SHe allowed six runs on 10 hits. She struck out one and walked five. Nemeth earned the win in two innings of work. She allowed six runs on four hits and four walks.

Ness and Warren had three hits each in the win, while Nevada Schulz added a pair of hits for Wadena-DC.

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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