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Wadena-DC knocked off by Paynesville

Paynesville's Spencer Imholte kept Wadena-Deer Creek off-balance in picking up a 2-0 victory and eliminating Wadena-DC from the District 6 American Legion Tournament.

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Wadena-DC's Zac Schertler delivers to the plate against Paynesville. Schertler allowed just two runs in his complete game effort. Jason Groth/Pioneer Journal.
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Paynesville’s Spencer Imholte kept Wadena-Deer Creek off-balance in picking up a 2-0 victory and eliminating Wadena-DC from the District 6 American Legion Tournament.

Paynesville staked Imholte to a lead in the first inning and he made it hold up, scattering six hits in the shutout effort.

Wadena-DC had a pair of opportunities, but could not string enough hits together to get a run across or any sustained momentum against Imholte.

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Zac Schertler was strong himself on the hill for Wadena-DC. He allowed just two runs on six hits. He struck out four and walked one batter in the loss. He was able to wiggle out of a couple of jams in the middle innings, keeping Wadena-DC in the contest.

Schertler helped himself at the plate finishing with two hits, as did Wyatt Hamann. Noah Ross and Bryce Cooper finished with hits as well.

Paynesville jumped ahead in the first inning with a leadoff double by Sam Hopfer. Sam Haines followed with a sacrifice bunt, which the ball was thrown away, allowing Hopfer to score the game’s first run.

Wadena-DC stranded a pair of runners in the first after Schertler and Hamann singled. However, they were unable to advance.

A golden opportunity went by the wayside in the third inning when Wadena-DC had runners at first and third with no outs. Bryce Cooper doubled and Noah Ross singled, however, an infield fly to second and a pick off of Ross at first hurt the rally. Jake Dykhoff followed with a line drive that was hit right at the left fielder, retiring the side.

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Paynesville scratched a run across in the fourth on an RBI single by Sam Oeherlein, which made it 2-0.

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Wadena-DC’s Schertler and Hamann each singled in the sixth inning, but could not advance as Imholte induced two pop outs to end the inning. Imholte induced 10 fly ball outs, along with his four strikeouts. Imholte allowed just one base runner to third base in the game, which came in the third after the single by Ross.

It marked the end of a strong season for Wadena-DC. They earned the No. 1 seed in their sub-district for districts, but ran into trouble with the extra inning contest to start the tournament. They went 12 innings against Holdingford, winning 1-0, before falling to Pierz, 5-4, in their second game of the tournament.

Wadena-DC 4

Pierz 5

Wadena-Deer Creek had the defending District 6 American Legion Champions on the ropes, but Pierz battled back after taking a few shots from Wadena-Deer Creek in picking up a 5-4 quarterfinal round victory on July 20.

Wadena-DC jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the second inning, but could not keep the lead. Pierz chipped away, cutting the lead to 4-3 after four innings of play. They eventually jumped ahead with a pair of runs in the sixth, taking the game 5-4 and sending Wadena-DC to an elimination game.

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Wadena-Deer Creek's Noah Ross ropes a single against Paynesville. Jason Groth/Pioneer Journal

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