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Area Baseball: W-DC, Dykhoff win pitchers duel

WADENA--Jake Dykhoff pitched a one-hit 4-0 shutout for the No. 2 Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines over the No. 7 Staples-Motley Cardinals in the first round of the West Subsection 6-2A playoffs Thursday.

WADENA-Jake Dykhoff pitched a one-hit 4-0 shutout for the No. 2 Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines over the No. 7 Staples-Motley Cardinals in the first round of the West Subsection 6-2A playoffs Thursday.

Braden Tyrrell's single was the only hit for S-M, but he was picked off by Dykhoff on the next play.

Dykhoff didn't walk a batter and struck out 13 of the 18 batters he faced.

Noah Ross and Preston Warren had RBI singles for the Wolverines.

S-M's Reid Busker allowed just one earned run over his six innings of work.

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Staples-Motley 0 1 3

Wadena-DC 4 3 1

WP: Jake Dykhoff. LP: Reid Busker. Overall: SM finishes 5-16, WDC 17-4. Next: Wadena-Deer Creek vs. St. Cloud Cathedral/Holdingford winner at St. Cloud Tuesday 7 p.m.

Pillager 15, Nevis 9

NEVIS-Braeden Wangsness went 2-5 with a three-run homer and RBI double for the No. 5 seeded Pillager Huskies in a 15-9 upset of No. 4 Nevis in Thursday's West Subsection 5-1A tournament.

Bo Kruchten also homered, while going 3-3 and Josh Doss cleared the fence finishing 2-5 for Pillager. Ridge Hunstad went 3-4 with a pair of doubles and three RBIs and Sam Jensen was 2-4.

Pillager 15 14 4

Nevis 9 14 4

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WP: Chris Ringler. LP: Andrew Dudley. 2B: P-Ridge Hunstad 2. HR: P-Braeden Wangsness, Bo Kruchten, Josh Doss. Overall: Pill 11-10. Next: Pillager at Walker-Hackensack-Akeley Tuesday 4:30 p.m.

Hill City/N 9, PRB 7

HILL CITY-A walk-off home run by Lane Gerber in the bottom of the seventh handed the No. 6 seeded Pine River-Backus Tigers a 9-7 loss to No. 3 Hill City/Northland Storm in the West Subsection 5-1A tournament Thursday.

PR-B led 7-6 heading into the bottom of the seventh before the Storm rallied for three runs.

PRB's Nick Ackerman was 2-3 with a double and an RBI. Zack Tulenchik was 2-4 with an RBI and Tim Bardeaux drove in two runs.

Hill City/Northland 9 8 3

Pine River-Backus 7 11 5

WP: Lane Gerber. LP: Zack Tulenchik. 2B: PRB-Ackerman, Wolske. Overall: PRB 11-8.

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Deer River 5, Aitkin 2

DEER RIVER-Aitkin outhit Deer River 13-7, but lost for just the third time when the Warriors scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth to beat the Gobblers 5-2 Thursday.

Wyatt Sanford and Jake Westerlund each drove in a run for the Gobblers, who finish the regular season 17-3.

Aitkin's Dylan Quade ripped a double and Caleb Curtiss finished 3-4 with a double. Wyatt Sanford, Sam Peterson, Jeb Sanford and Westerlund had two hits each.

Deer River 5 7 3

Aitkin 2 13 1

WP: Chad Benham. LP: Sam Peterson. 2B: A-Dylan Quade, Caleb Curtiss. Overall: A 17-3. Next: Aitkin in Section 7-2A playoffs TBA.

Sauk Centre 11, B-H/V 2

SAUK CENTRE-James Kveton homered for the No. 8 seeded Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale Raiders, who were eliminated by top-seeded Sauk Centre Mainstreeters 11-2 in the opening round of Thursday's West Subsection 6-2A playoffs.

Four other batters had one hit apiece for the Raiders, who finish 6-15.

Bertha-Hewitt/V 2 5 2

Sauk Centre 11 11 2

WP: Luke VanBeck. LP: Owen Korfe. HR: BHV-James Kveton. Overall: BHV finishes 6-15.

LPGE 2, Pequot Lakes 1

PEQUOT LAKES-Ethan Lehman and Zach Sjoblad collected the only two hits for the third-seeded Pequot Lakes Patriots, who were upset 2-1 by No. 6 Long Prairie-Grey Eagle in the West Subsection 6-2A playoffs Thursday.

LP-GE scored twice in the first and Pequot got its only run and hits in the sixth when Sjoblad drove in Lehman.

Long Prairie-GE 2 5 1

Pequot Lakes 1 2 2

WP: Eric Hinnenkamp. LP: Ethan Lehman. Overall: PL finishes 12-8.

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