Flames win slugfest over Riverdogs


DAVE STECKER of the Plymouth Flames dives back safely to second as Howards Grove second baseman Mark Holzman tries to tag Stecker on a pickoff attempt by the pitcher in Sunday’s baseball game. — Photo by Jodi Steines DAVE STECKER of the Plymouth Flames dives back safely to second as Howards Grove second baseman Mark Holzman tries to tag Stecker on a pickoff attempt by the pitcher in Sunday’s baseball game. — Photo by Jodi Steines PLYMOUTH – Two big innings sparked the Plymouth Flames to a 17-13 Land O’ Lakes Baseball League win over the Howards Grove Riverdogs Sunday afternoon at Loebe Field.

The Flames exploded for seven runs in the bottom of the second to go up 10-3 and scored five in the sixth to erase a 12-11 deficit and snatch a 17-12 lead. Jake Klemme’s two-run triple highlighted the second.

Joel Fabian ripped a tworun triple which gave Plymouth a 13-12 advantage in the sixth.

Plymouth hiked its Northern Division record to 8-8 (14-12 overall). Howards slipped to 5-11 in the division (5-11 overall).

Both teams banged out 17 hits. Klemme and Matt Rhude ignited the Flames’ bats with three hits each. Dave Stecker, Ryan Wachter, Paul Gloede and Chris Bennin contributed two apiece.


PETER NEBEL of the Howards Grove Riverdogs steals second as Plymouth second baseman Paul Gloede attempts a tag in Sunday’s baseball game. Shortstop Dave Stecker backs up the throw. — Photo by Jodi Steines PETER NEBEL of the Howards Grove Riverdogs steals second as Plymouth second baseman Paul Gloede attempts a tag in Sunday’s baseball game. Shortstop Dave Stecker backs up the throw. — Photo by Jodi Steines Brady Callahan had an impressive five hits to key the Riverdogs’ attack. Ashton Holzman cracked three hits, followed by Noah Steines, Camryn Hurtienne and Christian Ertel with two each.

The Flames’ RBI leaders included Klemme, Michael DuCharme, Gloede and Fabian with two apiece. Wachter scored a team-high four runs and Klemme and Rhude had three each. Wachter also led in steals with three.

Peter Nebel paced Howards in RBIs with three.

Stecker picked up the win in relief. He gave up one run (earned) on three hits with two walks and three strikeouts in 3-1/3 innings.

“I was very pleased with our bats. We hit up and down the lineup,” said Flame player-manager Rick Meyer.

“It [game] was entertaining and kept going back and forth. Dave did a nice job in relief.”

Meyer thought it was a good team effort and was pleased with the way his team came back after getting behind. He wasn’t pleased with the defense which committed four errors.

Eric Dickmyer took the loss. He was hit hard for 14 runs on 13 hits with six walks and two strikeouts in five frames.

The Flames lost pitcher-infielder Matt Schroeder for the season after he suffered a knee injury in Friday night’s game versus Howards. Schroeder was one of the Flames’ top pitchers this season.

RIVERDOGS 13

FLAMES 17

Score by Innings
Riverdogs.........223 104 001 – 13 17 4
Flames..............370 015 10x – 17 17 4
Eric Dickmyer, Ashton Holzman (6)
and Noah Steines; Ryan Wachter, Dave
Stecker (6) and Medved. W – Stecker.
L – Dickmyer. 2Bs – Riverdogs, Brady
Callahan, Holzman, Camryn Hurtienne,
Peter Nebel, Christian Ertel; Flames,
Jake Klemme, Wachter. 3Bs – Flames,
Klemme, Joel Fabian.

LAND O’ LAKES BASEBALL LEAGUE
Northern Division
(Through July 28)
W L
Cedarburg….........…..…...….....14 2
Grafton.......................................13 4
Saukville……….......…………....10 6
Plymouth…………........…..........8 8
Thiensville-Mequon…….......….…6 10
West Bend Benders….....…...…...5 10
Howards Grove………................5 11
Port Washington…….........…........3 13
Last Week’s Results
Cedarburg 14, Howards Grove 1
Grafton 6, West Bend 2
Port Washington 3, Saukville 2
Howards Grove 9, Plymouth 8
West Bend 6, Port Washington 3
West Bend 7, Saukville 1
Grafton 5, Cedarburg 4
Plymouth 17, Howards Grove 13
Saukville 11, Port Washington 4
Thiensville-Mequon 4, West Bend 2


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