Game of the Week: Dundas shuts out No. 1 Elko

Posted on Sunday, July 26 by Trent Jackson

On a warm Sunday afternoon at Memorial Park in Dundas, the Dundas Dukes took down their Section 1B rival Elko Express by a score of 7-0. At “Fan Appreciation Day” in Dundas, the fans were treated well, as the Dukes scored seven runs off 16 hits, shutting out the No. 1 Class B ranked Elko Express.

Noah Luedtke pitched an excellent game for Dundas, throwing seven shutout innings and allowing just three Elko hits including seven strikeouts.

“Living on the corners really helps, with the fastball to help set up the changeup and the curveball. I had all three pitches working well for me today, and it led to a win,” said Luedtke.

Elko previously defeated Dundas by a score of 1-0 earlier in the season on May 31 in Elko. The second game was a different story as the Dundas bats came alive and stayed hot throughout the whole game, smacking around 16 hits including four doubles. Five Dundas players had multiple hits, including three hit games from the catcher Pat Wadzinski, and the designated hitter Steve Loos. Tyler Jones, Todd Mathison, and Mike Ludwig all had two hits. Ludwig and Nathan VanRoekel both had two RBI.

Elko, who was recently on an 11-game winning streak before the weekend, couldn’t get any runs across against Dundas after having eight games with 10 or more runs scored during their win streak June 27-July 24.

“We had a good idea of how to pitch to them and we knew they were a tough team so we had to be careful. We have a lot of good hitters and we just went out and did our best and we ended up on top,” said Dundas winning pitcher Luedtke.

Dundas got their offense going right away in the first inning. Pat Wadzinski led off the inning with a single to left field. Steve Loos then hit a double to the left center gap, giving the Dukes a 1-0 lead. Tyler Jones then reached on a fielder’s choice, followed by a base on balls from Nathan VanRoekel. Next, Mike Ludwig knocked in Jones with a single to left field, pushing the lead to 2-0.

In the third inning, Dundas scored four runs off five hits. Loos led off the inning with a single to the Elko shortstop. The Dukes then hit three doubles in a row from Tyler Jones, VanRoekel, and Ludwig, extending the lead to 5-0. After allowing three runs in the inning before recording an out, Elko took out starting pitcher Tyler Brekke and Dylan Thomas came in to relieve. The Dukes would then add another run on a single up the middle from Mathison, scoring Ludwig.

A final Dundas run was scored in the fifth after Mathison singled to left, stole second, and then Adam Johnson hit a line drive to right center to score him, 7-0 Dukes.

“It definitely gives you confidence when your team puts up runs consistently. The more runs on the board, the easier it is as a pitcher. It’s less stressful and helps you go out there and be loose,” said Luedtke.

Charlie Ruud came in to relieve for Dundas in the eighth inning. He gave up just three hits as he closed out Elko in the final two innings. Neither Luedtke nor Ruud allowed an extra-base hit to Elko. Elko had six hits total, all singles.

The Dundas Dukes now move to 24-8 on the season and are 6-3 in Section 1B. They are tied for first place in the Classic Cannon Valley League with a record of 12-3.

Elko is now 34-4 overall and 7-2 in Section 1B. They have a first place record of 11-1 in the Dakota, Rice, Scott (DRS) league. 

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