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Area Male Athlete: W-DC's Dykhoff dominates on the mound

Word is out--Jake Dykhoff is someone to be reckoned with on the baseball diamond. Unlike last year, when as a sophomore the pitcher-shortstop had a breakout season helping the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines to a 15-5 regular season, Dykhoff is catc...

Jake Dykhoff
Jake Dykhoff

 

Word is out-Jake Dykhoff is someone to be reckoned with on the baseball diamond.

Unlike last year, when as a sophomore the pitcher-shortstop had a breakout season helping the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines to a 15-5 regular season, Dykhoff is catching nobody by surprise this year.

It still hasn't mattered when he's on the mound.

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Jake Dykhoff

  • Year: Junior
  • School: Wadena-Deer Creek
  • Sport: Baseball
  • Position: Pitcher
  • Highlights: Struck out 17 in an 8-0 no-hitter against Staples-Motley

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"Everything was working in that game," said Jake Dykhoff. "I was just around the plate and my pitches have been having a lot of movement this year.

"I don't usually get to face Staples so I was kind of hoping it would go the way it did."

Dykhoff was close to matching that performance Thursday when he struck out 14 Pequot Lakes batters and allowed just one hit in a 7-0 victory.

"That one went well, too," said the junior. "That one was fun. It was fun beating them because they're ranked 12th in the state or something like that. It was a big game for us. That first inning we went up 2-0 and we shut them down."

In 42 innings this season, Dykhoff has given up six runs, five of which were earned. He owns a 0.83 ERA with 72 strikeouts and 22 hits and 11 walks.

The ace said his curveball is breaking late and he's found confidence in his changeup. With some added speed to his fastball, the changeup has been effective.

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"He feels more comfortable with his changeup and that's a big thing to get good hitters out," said Kyle Dykhoff. "He's added a couple miles per hour on his fastball this year, but the biggest difference is his ability to throw that changeup more. Eventually guys are going to time you up and so if you have the ability to change speeds that just makes you that much more effective."

Jake Dykhoff finished 3-3 with a pair of triples and three RBIs in a win over Sebeka May 5. But it's been a frustrating season for Jake Dykhoff in the batter's box.

"I'm getting intentionally walked a lot more this year so it's kind of hard to get into a groove," said Jake Dykhoff. "Last year, was kind of a breakout year and they didn't really know me so they pitched to me and I actually hit the ball. This year, I've been intentionally walked like eight times already. Thursday night I got walked twice again so it makes it hard to get into a groove for hitting."

Kyle Dykhoff can see the frustration.

"He's not hitting quite as well as he did last year. He finished last year hitting .571 and the reason being, teams are pitching around him. He's been intentionally walked seven times. He's a free swinger. If he's struggling, it's because he's chasing pitches.

"He's still doing very well, but he'll tell you the same thing. It's frustrating."

Dykhoff is still batting .489 with three doubles, three triples and 14 RBIs.

Those are all great numbers, but as Jake Dykhoff and W-DC learned last year, regular season numbers don't mean anything. In the Section 6-2A opening round the higher-seeded Wolverines were upset by rivals Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale and bounced from the playoffs.

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"It was very frustrating. It was a rough one. We had a 5-3 lead and then had a couple of errors in the last inning and we ended up losing it. We don't think about too much. We try and forget about it and this season will go better, I have a feeling.

"We're going to get revenge this year."

 

Other notable performances:

Baseball: Wyatt Sanford, Aitkin, stuck out 10 during a five-inning no-hit victory over Onamia. He aso finished 2-3 with a double, three RBIs and three runs.

Ethan Lehman, Pequot Lakes, finished 4-6 with a double and six RBIs against Staples-Motley.

Matt Christopher, Crosby-Ironton, finished 3-5 with three RBIs against Park Rapids.

Josh Doss, Pillager, finished 4-4 with two doubles and an RBI against Parkers Prairie.

Braeden Wangsness, Pillager, finished 4-4 with a double and an RBI against Isle.

Jeb Sanford, Aitkin, struck out five in his five-inning, no-hitter against Moose Lake-Willow River. He went 2-4 with two doubles and two RBIs in the win.

Jackson Fore, Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale, finished 2-3 with a home run and three RBIs against Osakis.

Golf: Finn Erholtz, Staples-Motley, shot 77 to win a Mid-Minn Conference meet at The Preserve at Grand View Lodge.

Brady Raph, Pine River-Backus, shot 74 to medal at the McGregor Invite at Minnesota national.

Brady Enneking, Pillager, shot 78 to medalist in a Quad County Conference meet at Long Prairie Country Club.

Track and field: Trey Jacobs, Crosby-Ironton, won the long and triple jumps and finished second in the 200- and 400-meter dashes at the Two Harbors Invite.

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