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Perham falls to Wadena-DC, bounces back with win over Park Rapids Area

Perham's Kaleb King slides into home ahead of the tag of Park Rapids Area's Tristin Persons during Perham's 9-2 victory over Park Rapids Area. Jason Groth/FOCUS

Wadena-Deer Creek’s Justin Dykhoff delivered on the mound and at the plate as the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines handed the Perham Yellowjackets a 6-0 defeat at Krueger Field on May 21 in Perham.

A day after picking up the save in a 4-3 extra inning victory, Dykhoff pitched a complete-game four hitter, helping the Wolverines cap off a 19-1 regular season and snap Perham’s 16 game winning streak.

Dykhoff yielded four hits and worked out of trouble in the third inning after staking the Wolverines to a 2-0 lead. Dykhoff hit an offering over the fence in right, giving the Wolverines the early advantage on Perham.

Chayse Solberg puts the tag on the Wadena-DC baserunner.

The Yellowjackets threatened in the third. Michael Benke drew a walk and Chayse Solberg reached on an error to put two guys on. Both runners eventually swiped a base and Perham had two in scoring position. However, Dykhoff recorded a strike out, pop out and another strikeout to escape trouble.

The Wolverines were able to capitalize on a trio of Perham errors in the fifth inning. Zach Shaw, Colby Schertler and Justin Dykhoff came around to score in the inning. Along with the errors, Perham issued three walks, one intentional, during the inning.

Dykhoff added an insurance run for Wadena-DC in the seventh inning with a sacrifice fly, scoring Schertler, who walked to start the inning.

Dykhoff lowered his earned run average to 0.13 on the season. He followed his save up with another complete game effort for the Wolverines.

Maddux Kovash, Josh Jeziorski, Benson Nyhus and Noah Rooney picked up hits in the game for the Yellowjackets.

Chase Nordlund finished the game with three hits and a run scored. Dykhoff finished with one hit, three runs batted in and a run scored. Josh Dykhoff added a hit for Wadena-DC in the win.

Dawson Stevens took the loss on the mound for Perham. He pitched five innings and allowed five runs, three earned on four hits. He struck out five and walked five batters. Finn Diggins pitched two innings of relief. He allowed a run on one hit. He walked one and struck out one.

Perham's Dawson Stevens delivers to the plate against Wadena-DC.

The win improved Wadena-DC to 19-1 overall on the season and handed Perham its first loss of the year. The Wolverines have won six straight games, outscoring the opposition 40-7 during their regular season ending winning streak.

Perham vs. Park Rapids Area

The Yellowjackets had little time to think about their first loss of the season when they hosted Park Rapids Area for the second game of the evening at Krueger Field. The Yellowjackets responded with a 9-2 victory over the Panthers.

Sam Still picked up the win on the mound. He pitched three innings and allowed one run on one hit. He struck out three and walked one. Kovash pitched two innings of relief and allowed a run on one hit and fanning three. Michael Benke closed out the game, pitching two shutout innings and striking out one batter.

Perham jumped ahead with a pair of runs in the first and added to its lead with a run in the third and broke the game open with a five-run fourth. Perham scored another run in the fifth inning when it cruised to the victory.

Carter Mulcahy, Kovash, Rooney and Stevens finished with two hits each. Stevens and Jeziorski drove in a pair of runs each for the Yellowjackets. Mulcahy, Kovash and Rooney drove in runs as well.  

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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