Saints edge Flames in pitching battle


JOEL FABIAN of the Plymouth Flames lashes a hit in Sunday’s LOL baseball game versus Saukville. Fabian had a team-high three hits in the contest. — Photo by Stacy Gloede JOEL FABIAN of the Plymouth Flames lashes a hit in Sunday’s LOL baseball game versus Saukville. Fabian had a team-high three hits in the contest. — Photo by Stacy Gloede SAUKVILLE – The Saukville Saints’ Casey Johnson and the Plymouth Flames’ Ryan Wachter hooked up in an impressive pitchers’ duel, with Johnson earning a 1-0 win here Sunday afternoon.

Saukville upped its secondplace Land O’ Lakes Baseball League Northern Division record to 6-2. The Flames slipped to 5-4 in the division (10-8 overall).

The Saints scored the gamewinning run in the bottom of the sixth inning. Cole Granrath hit a one-out single, stole second base and advanced to third when the catcher’s throw glanced off him. Ian Tucker followed with a single which drove in Granrath.

“It was a good game. Ryan had his best outing of the season,” said Flame player-manager Rick Meyer.

“He has to get ahead of hitters which he did. He was throwing fairly hard and was hitting his spots.

“Johnson gets that nice curveball over and it’s tough to pick up, and they played good defense,” Meyer said.

Wachter allowed one earned run on seven hits, fanned a seasonhigh 11 batters and walked only one in going the distance.

Johnson gave up seven hits and no walks while striking out five en route to a shutout.

The Flames’ best scoring threat came in the second. Chris Bennin cracked a leadoff single and moved to third on Joel Fabian’s one-out double. Evan Walsh followed with a grounder to the shortstop who throw home to the catcher to nab Bennin. Fabian took third on the play but the next batter struck out which ended the inning.

Fabian was 3-for-3 at the plate to lead the Flames. Jake Klemme added two hits and a steal.

Granrath and Tucker paced the Saints in hits with two each.

FLAMES 0

SAUKVILLE 1

Score by Innings
Flames.................000 000 000 – 0 7 3
Saukville..............000 001 00x – 1 7 1
Ryan Wachter and Jake Klemme;
Casey Johnson and Josh Hein. W –
Johnson. L – Wachter. 2Bs – Flames,
Joel Fabian; Grafton, Ian Tucker, Mike
Sherrick.
LAND O’ LAKES BASEBALL LEAGUE
Northern Division
(Through June 30)
W L
Cedarburg….........…..…...….......8 1

Saukville……….......…………......6 2
Grafton……………………….......8 3
Plymouth…………........…..........5 4
Thiensville-Mequon…….......…….4 5
West Bend Benders….....…..…....2 6
Port Washington…….........….…...2 7
Howards Grove……….................1 8
Last Week’s Results
Cedarburg 10, Grafton 2
Cedarburg 10, West Bend 4
Grafton 13, Howards Grove 8
Saukville 1, Plymouth 0
Thiensville-Mequon 4, Port Wash. 1


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