Ruppel stifles Flames’ bats


NICK WILSON, Plymouth Flame relief pitcher, prepares to face the Thiensville-Mequon lineup in Saturday’s LOL Northern Division baseball tournament opener. — Photo by Stacy Gloede NICK WILSON, Plymouth Flame relief pitcher, prepares to face the Thiensville-Mequon lineup in Saturday’s LOL Northern Division baseball tournament opener. — Photo by Stacy Gloede PLYMOUTH – Josh Ruppel fanned 10 batters and surrendered only three hits in pitching Thiensville- Mequon to a 12-2 rout over the Plymouth Flames in a Land O’ Lakes Baseball League Northern Division tournament first-round game Saturday afternoon at Loebe Field.

Ruppel, a former standout pitcher at Cedar Grove-Belgium High School, allowed two earned runs and walked three in eight innings.

“We faced Ruppel three times this season and had only nine hits against him. It was not a good matchup for us,” said Flame playermanager Rick Meyer.

“He throws hard and has a nice breaker. He has good presence [on the mound].”

The No. 4-seeded Flames led 1-0 through four innings before the No. 5-seeded Twins tallied four runs in the top of the fifth to go up 4-1. Colten Poellinger drilled an RBI triple, Zach Prideaux had a sacrifice fly and two runs scored on wild pitches.

Thiensville-Mequon turned the contest into a rout with a six-run explosion in the eighth which gave them a 10-1 cushion. Plymouth committed three errors in the frame which led to five unearned runs. Poellinger ripped an RBI triple and Ben Rennicke had a runscoring single.

The Twins pounded out 14 hits, led by Rennicke with four. Poellinger, Kris Ozga, Ryan Worm and Cory McEwen contributed two each. Prideaux had a team-high three RBIs, followed by Poellinger with two.

The Flames scored its run in the third. Nick Wilson hit a leadoff single, advanced to third base on two wild pitches and came home on a groundout by Zac Cain.

The other hits for Plymouth were singles by Michael DuCharme and Chris Bennin in the seventh. The Flames played without four starters.

Starting hurler Ryan Wachter took the loss. Wachter allowed five runs (all earned) on nine hits with three walks and four strikeouts in seven innings.

“Ryan kind of ran out of gas. We didn’t make some plays that we should’ve made,” Meyer said.

“It’s rather sudden anytime you lose in the playoffs.”

The Flames ended their season with a 14-15 record. The Twins advanced to the semifinals Sunday where they lost to No. 1-seeded Cedarburg, 2-0.

Cedarburg will host No. 2-seeded Grafton in the finals Saturday at 1 p.m. Grafton beat Saukville, 6-1, in the other semifinal game Sunday.

THIENS.-MEQUON 12

FLAMES 2

Score by Innings
Thiensville.......000 040 062 – 12 14 1
Flames.............001 000 010 – 2 3 3
Josh Ruppel, Mike Klaver (9) and
Zach Prideaux; Ryan Wachter, Matt
Rhude (8), Nick Wilson (9) and Dusty
Medved. W – Ruppel. L – Wachter.
2Bs – Thiensville, Ryan Worm 2, Cory
McEwen. 3B – Thiensville, Colton Poell_ inger.


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