CLASS C SATURDAY ROUNDUP AT DASSEL: Bluffton’s Dykhoff flirts with no-hitter in win over Luverne

By Kip Kovar

DASSEL – Bluffton’s Jake Dykhoff had something special brewing on the mound for the Braves. Despite losing a perfect game in the eighth and a no-hitter in the ninth, Dykhoff still walked off the field with a big smile and a one-hit shutout leading the Braves to a 1-0 win over the Luverne Redbirds to send his team to the Class C state quarterfinals.

Dykhoff was in control throughout retiring the first 20 batters he faced. After Luverne got its first base runner of the game with two outs in the top of the seventh, the Redbirds had the tying run at third after an errant pick-off throw.

With the tying run 90 feet away, Isaac Hamann kept Bluffton in front with a diving catch in the gap to end the inning and keep Luverne off the scoreboard.

Dykhoff took his no-hit bid into the top of the ninth but Casey Sehr put an end to that with a leadoff double. Luverne, which rallied for two runs in the bottom of the ninth in its win over Plato last week, had a comeback on its mind once again with the tying run at third and one out. Dykhoff wouldn’t allow that as he finished off his stellar performance allowing just one hit, one walk and striking out 10.

Bluffton’s lone run of the game came in the bottom of the first on an infield single by Dykoff and that was more than enough to pick up the win.

With the victory, Bluffton advances to play Delano in the Class C state quarterfinals.

Buckman 1, Hutchinson 0

DASSEL – Pitching had the upper hand in the final matchup of the day in Dassel. In the end, it was Matt Kummet sending the Buckman Billygoats to the Class C state quarterfinals with a 1-0 walk-off win over the Hutchinson Huskies.

After neither team could break through in the first eight innings, the Billygoats came through in the bottom of the ninth. After back-to-back singles to open the inning, Hutchinson nearly got out of the jam. A fly ball for the second out of the inning with a double play but couldn’t finish the play. Just four pitches later Kummet delivered the game-winning single to send Buckman to the state quarterfinals.

Matt Tautges picked up the win on the mound for the Billygoats with a complete-game shutout. He allowed just four hits while striking out four and walking six. 

Kummet’s game-winning hit was just one of three he had to lead the way in the win. Benjamin Thoma added two hits while Jack Suska scored the lone run of the game.

Buckman awaits Nisswa in the state quarterfinals.

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