Timely hitting propels WDC over Perham

The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines came up with multiple clutch hits, helping them to a 9-6 extra innings victory over the Perham Yellowjackets, spoiling the home opener at Krueger Field at Tuffy's Stadium on April 6.

Perham's Jace Kovash slides in just before the ball arrives at second for a stolen base against Wadena-Deer Creek. Jason Groth/FOCUS

The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines came up with multiple clutch hits, helping them to a 9-6 extra innings victory over the Perham Yellowjackets, spoiling the home opener at Krueger Field at Tuffy’s Stadium on April 6.

Preston Warren’s bases clearing triple in the eighth inning gave the Wolverines enough offense as they held off the Yellowjackets in the bottom of the inning, securing the win. It was the second bases clearing hit of the game for the Wolverines. Wyatt Hamann delivered a bases clearing double in the fifth inning as well.

The clutch hits spoiled a Yellowjacket comeback attempt. The Yellowjackets trailed 5-2, before scoring three runs in the sixth, tying the game at five. However, the Yellowjackets were unable to catapult themselves past the visiting Wolverines.

Warren led the way at the plate for Wadena-Deer Creek. He finished with two hits, three runs batted in and three runs scored. Hamann finished with a hit and three runs batted in as well.

Both Roo Schmitz and Jake Dykhoff were locked in during their time on the hill. Schmitz allowed just one run on three hits. He struck out one and walked one. Dykhoff was effectively wild for the Wolverines. He struck out six, while walking six batters in five innings of work. He allowed two runs.


Roo Schmitz

Both teams had opportunities in the early innings, but it was the Wolverines striking first with two outs in the third. Jake Dykhoff roped a double, scoring Warren with the game’s first run.

The Wolverines used a two-out rally to stretch their lead to 4-0. Hamann cleared the bases with a double to right, scoring Warren, Max Phillips and Dykhoff.

Yet, the Yellowjackets rallied right back, answering with a pair of runs. Josh Jeziorski doubled off the fence and a walk to Nick Lindberg put a pair of runners on. Roo Schmitz roped a double to left, scoring two for the Yellowjackets. It was the first hit of the game with runners in scoring position for the Yellowjackets. In all, the Yellowjackets stranded 12 runners on base in the game, six of them in scoring position.

Cody Schertler roped an RBI double in the sixth, stretching the Wolverines lead back to three at 5-2, but the Yellowjackets capitalized on a Wolverine miscue in the bottom half of the inning.

The Yellowjackets loaded the bases up for the heart of the order. With two outs, Schmitz lofted a short fly ball that was misplayed at the plate, allowing Zach Peterson and Jeziorski to score, cutting the lead to one. Matt Benke followed with a base hit through the hole at short, allowing Nick Lindberg to score, tying the game at five.

That set the table for the Wolverines in extra innings when they would break it open with Warren’s RBI triple and an RBI ground out by Phillips, making it 9-5.


Cody Schertler

The Yellowjackets answered with a run in the bottom of the eighth when Jace Kovash doubled home a run, it was Kovash’s second hit of the game.

However, Noah Roers closed the door, securing the win and picking up the win on the mound. He allowed four runs in three innings of work. He struck out one, while walking four. He allowed two hits.

Nick Lindberg suffered the loss on the mound. He allowed four runs in two innings of work. He allowed three hits, while walking one batter. Peterson pitched two innings of relief, allowing four runs on three hits. He struck out one, while walking two and hitting one.

Jeziorski, Schmitz and Benke recorded hits as well for Perham, while Phillips, Jake Dykhoff, Hamann, Isaac Witthun, Tyler Wheeler, Schertler and Justin Dykhoff had hits for the Wolverines.

The Yellowjackets move their season mark to 1-1 overall and return home for a Heart O’Lakes Conference doubleheader on Tuesday when they square off with Breckenridge at 4 p.m. at Tuffy’s Stadium.


Nick Lindberg

WDC 9 9 3

PER 6 5 2

WP- Noah Roers

LP-Nick Lindberg

Perham's Matt Benke scoops up the ground ball at second base, recording the out at first for the Yellowjackets. Jason Groth/FOCUS

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