Flames earn huge division win as Schroeder shuts out perennial power Cedarburg

CEDARBURG – Matt Schroeder fired a six-hit shutout and drove in the winning run as the Plymouth Flames knocked off defending Land O’ Lakes Baseball League Northern Division champion Cedarburg, 1-0, here Sunday.

The loss snapped the Mercs’ incredible 23-game division winning streak. Cedarburg, the LOL grand championship runner-up the past two years, was 18-0 in the division in 2012.

The Flames upped their division leading record to 4-0 (7-2 overall) and ran their winning streak to four. Cedarburg slipped to 2-1 in league play.

“We’ve been in position before [to win] against Cedarburg but haven’t been able to seal the deal. This is a big win. We’re playing pretty well as a team,” said Flame player-manager Rick Meyer.

“Matt really battled. He had a great performance. He mixed it up, got ahead of the hitters and threw hard.

“We played outstanding defense,” Meyer said.

Outfielders Heidenreiter and Walsh each made a diving catch, second baseman Paul Gloede made two excellent plays, and the Flames turned an inning-ending double play in the eighth.

Schroeder and Zack Lauterbach were locked in a scoreless pitching duel until the top of the eighth. Eric Heidenreiter led off for the Flames with a walk. Evan Walsh then attempted a sacrifice bunt which Lauterbach fielded but made an errant throw to second base which allowed Heidenreiter to be safe.

Heidenreiter and Walsh moved up a base when Ryan Wachter followed with a sacrifice bunt. Schroeder batted next and hit a sacrifice fly that scored Heidenreiter.

Schroeder walked only two and struck out a pair as he improved to 2-0 this season. He pitched out of trouble in the third and ninth. In the third, the Mercs had runners at first and second with no outs but Schroeder retired the next three batters to end the threat.

In the ninth, John Reginitz led off with a double and Robbie Proehl hit a one-out single which put runners at first and third. The Flame hurler retired the next two hitters on pop-outs to end the game.

Lauterbach was outstanding with a three-hitter and 13 strikeouts but took the loss. He walked three and hit a batter, and the run he gave up was unearned.

Collecting one hit each (all singles) for Plymouth were Michael DuCharme, Gloede and Dave Stecker.

FLAMES 1

CEDARBURG 0

Score by Innings
Flames..................000 000 010 – 1 3 1
Cedarburg............000 000 000 – 0 6 1
Matt Schroeder and Dusty Medved;
Zack Lauterbach and John Vandenberg. W – Schroeder, 2-0. L – Lauterbach. 2Bs – Cedarburg, John Regnitz,
Ro bie Proehl, Brandon Nedoma.


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