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Dickmeyer throws gem in Woodbury Blue's win over Farmington

Jacob Dickmeyer throws a pitch during Woodbury Blue’s 2-1 win over Farmington at Woodbury High School on Tuesday. (Bulletin photo by Jace Frederick)1 / 4
Jordan Wilkerson attempts to make a diving catch during Woodbury Blue’s 2-1 win over Farmington at Woodbury High School last Tuesday. The umpire ruled Dickerson did indeed catch the ball. (Bulletin photo by Jace Frederick)2 / 4
Brady Mundahl extends to catch a pickoff attempt during Woodbury Blue’s 2-1 win over Farmington at Woodbury High School last Tuesday. (Bulletin photo by Jace Frederick)3 / 4
Woodbury Blue coach Kyle Hunt throws up his arms at his dugout during Woodbury Blue’s 2-1 win over Farmington at Woodbury High School last Tuesday. Hunt was receiving ribbing from his players, who felt he should have sent a runner home from third. (Bulletin photo by Jace Frederick) 4 / 4

The Woodbury Blue Legion post 501 bats showed some rust Tuesday night after a 12-day layoff between games.

The squad collected just five hits as a team.

But thankfully for Woodbury Blue, Jacob Dickmeyer came to the rescue on the mound.

Dickmeyer scattered four hits, and collected a key one of his own, in a complete game effort as Woodbury Blue came away with a 2-1 win over Farmington at Woodbury High School.

“I was just trying to keep it in the zone and keep it low, because it was really windy and it was pushing it out to the outfield,” Dickmeyer said. “I was just trying to keep it low and get through the game really quickly. It ended really fast.”

It ended in one hour, to be exact, largely thanks to sluggish offensive performances by each side.

That was unexpected after both squads tallied a run in the first inning, Woodbury’s coming off of a RBI single from Nick Yan, which plated Ben Meyer.

But Woodbury Blue couldn’t generate much of anything for the next four innings.

Dickmeyer said part of that had to do with rust. Prior to Tuesday, Woodbury Blue hadn’t played since its 5-4 win over Burnsville on June 29.

“My timing was off and I think a lot of my teammate’s timing was off,” he said. “But we ended up getting the ‘W,’ so it’s all good.”

Dickmeyer was a major reason for the win, both on the mound and at the plate. His single advanced Nick McLaughlin to third base in the bottom of the fifth inning. McLaughlin scored the go-ahead run later in the frame on a single from Jack Kohlbeck.

Woodbury Blue coach Kyle Hunt said he saw the rust from his squad early on, but wasn’t worried about them shaking it off quickly.

“I’m not worried about rust as much as just when the big inning’s going to be. Today, we had rust early, but our defense is still solid all the way around,” Hunt said. “These kids know what they’re doing. It’s nice to be able to come to the field and know that my team is ready.”

Dickmeyer cited that solid defense as a reason why he was able to stay confident while his offense failed to score throughout the middle innings.

That defense was on point in an errorless effort from Woodbury Blue. Potentially the play of the game came from Jordan Wilkerson, who made a diving grab in left field to end the sixth inning -- sort of. It appeared as though the ball hit the ground before bouncing into Wilkerson’s glove, but Hunt was happy to take the out ruled by the umpire.

“We catch balls that hit the ground first and we’re still good,” he said with a smile.

The win moved Woodbury Blue to 6-3-1 heading into the Gopher Classic this weekend in Bloomington.

“We’ll take it and go into the big weekend that we’ve got coming up,” Hunt said.