Flames knock off reigning division champions in 11

JAKE KLEMME of the Plymouth Flames lays down a sacrifice bunt in Sunday’s baseball game versus Cedarburg. — Photo by Stacy Gloede JAKE KLEMME of the Plymouth Flames lays down a sacrifice bunt in Sunday’s baseball game versus Cedarburg. — Photo by Stacy Gloede PLYMOUTH – Eric Heidenreiter’s two-out RBI single in the bottom of the 11th inning gave the Plymouth Flames a thrilling 9-8 win over defending Land O’ Lakes Baseball League Northern Division champion Cedarburg here Sunday afternoon.

Joel Fabian scored the winning run after he singled with one out and advanced to second when the center fielder mishandled the ball for an error. One out later, Heidenreiter came through with the gamewinner.

“An outstanding win. Clutch hits by Eric and Joel. Joel hustled well to get to second base,” said Rick Meyer, the Flames’ playermanager.

The win upped the Flames’ Northern Division record to 2-2 (7-4 overall). The Mercs dropped to 3-2 in the division.

“We jumped out big and then we kind of lost control of the game but managed to come back and win,” said Meyer.

ERIC HEIDENREITER hits an RBI single in the 11th inning to give the Plymouth Flames a 9-8 baseball win over Cedarburg Sunday afternoon. — Photo by Stacy Gloede ERIC HEIDENREITER hits an RBI single in the 11th inning to give the Plymouth Flames a 9-8 baseball win over Cedarburg Sunday afternoon. — Photo by Stacy Gloede The Flames erupted for five runs in the first to go ahead 5-1. Plymouth combined five hits and a walk to go with a costly Cedarburg error en route to scoring four unearned runs. The key hit was rookie infielder Eric Leinen’s tworun single.

Plymouth built its lead to 7-1 with two unearned runs in the fifth – taking advantage of three errors by the Mercs. The Flames didn’t have a hit in the frame.

The Mercs exploded for five runs in the eighth to tie the game at 7-7. The big blow was Nolan Gilbertson’s three-run double.

The Flames regained the lead, 8-7, in the last of the eighth when Dave Stecker ripped a leadoff double and scored on Nick Wilson’s two-out base hit.

Cedarburg answered with a run in the ninth to knot the score at 8-8. Nick Boehnlein led off and was hit by a pitch. He later came home on an infield error.

The Flames pounded out 16 hits off two standout pitchers in Zach Lauterbach, who started, and Joe Daniels. Lauterbach was an All- Division hurler and Daniels had an impressive 0.88 ERA in league play last season.

Stecker and Fabian sparked Plymouth’s attack with three hits each. Dusty Medved and Leinen contributed two apiece. Leinen and Heidenteiter had a team-high two RBIs each. Fabian led in runs with three.

“I was happy to see Eric Leinen step up [at the plate],” Meyer said.

Joe Reichert led the Mercs in hits with four. Gilbertson drove in a team-high three runs. Cedarburg stranded a whopping 17 baserunners and the Flames left 13 on.

Stecker was the winning pitcher in relief. He allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits with three walks, two strikeouts and three hit batters in 3-2/3 innings.

Matt Rhude, the Flames’ starting pitcher, allowed only two runs through seven innings against a potent Cedarburg offense before tiring in the eighth. Rhude surrendered six runs (five earned) on eight hits with four walks, six whiffs and one hit batter.

Daniels took the loss – allowing two runs (one earned) on nine hits with no walks and five strikeouts in 5-2/3 frames. Seven of the runs off Cedarburg pitching were unearned as the Mercs’ defense made five errors.


In nonleague play Friday night, the host Flames pulled out a 4-3 win over the Two Rivers Polar Bears in the bottom of the ninth on Dusty Medved’s sacrifice fly.

Medved knocked in Heidenreiter who had led off with a single and moved to third base on walks to Stecker and Jake Klemme, respectively.

The Flames collected only three hits but drew 10 walks and scored two runs on an infield error. Plymouth had no batters with multiple hits. Klemme had an RBI double in the first.

Rhude earned the win in relief. He threw the final two innings and gave up zero runs on two hits with one walk and four strikeouts. Wilson started and allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits with four walks, two hit batters and four whiffs in seven innings.

Brandon Bartels and Cameron Greene paced the Polar Bears in hits with two apiece. Two Rivers left 11 runners on base.

The Flames fell to the Menasha Macs, 11-4, in nonleague action May 28 at Plymouth. Ryan Wachter was the losing pitcher.



Score by Innings
Two Rivers...........000 210 000 – 3 8 1
Flames.................120 000 001 – 4 3 4
Josh Perkins, Chris Casper (8)
and Derek Klorkowski; Nick Wilson,
Matt Rhude (8) and Jake Klemme. W
– Rhude, 1-1. L – Casper. 2Bs – Two
Rivers, Brandon Bartels. 3Bs – Two
Rivers, Bartels; Flames, Klemme.



Score by Innings
Cedarburg.....100 000 151 00 – 8 12 5
Flames..........500 020 010 01 – 9 16 3
Zach Lauterbach, Joe Daniels (6)
and Joe Reichert; Matt Rhude, Dave
Stecker (8) and Klemme. W – Stecker,
3-1. L – Daniels. 2Bs – Cedarburg, Nolan Gilbertson; Flames, Stecker. HR –
Cedarburg, John Vandenberg.

Northern Division
(Through June 1)

Port Washington......…..…...….....4 0
Cedarburg…..........…..…....…......3 2
Grafton.........................................3 2
Plymouth….……….........….........2 2
Saukville…….…........…….……....2 2
Thiensville-Mequon…….......….…2 2
Howards Grove………................1 3
West Bend Benders….....…...…...0 4

Last Week’s Results
Port Wash. 11, Howards Grove 10
Grafton 3, Howards Grove 1
Port Wash. 8, Thiensville 6 (10 inn.)
Plymouth 9, Cedarburg 8 (11 inn.)
Saukville 20, West Bend 2 (7 inn.)

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