Stecker, Schroeder lead Flames to win

Dave Stecker’s bat and Matt Schroeder’s arm propelled the Plymouth Flames to a 3-1 win over the host West Bend Benders in Land O’ Lakes Baseball League action Sunday afternoon.

The Flames upped their Northern Division record to 6-4. Saturday afternoon, Plymouth lost at Saukville, 4-0, in a divisional game.

Stecker’s two-run, two-out single in the top of the ninth inning snapped a 1-1 deadlock and gave the Flames a 3-1 lead. Stecker knocked in Austin Mork, who was pinch-running for Dusty Medved, and Joel Fabian.

Medved led off the ninth with a walk. Fabian reached base on an infield error which advanced Mork to third. Fabian stole second base. The next two batters fanned and Stecker followed with his gamewinning hit.

Schroeder posted a completegame win. He gave up one earned run on seven hits with eight strikeouts and only two walks.

Josh Schneider took the loss despite racking up 12 strikeouts. Schneider started and pitched 8-2/3 innings – allowing three runs (zero earned) on only five hits with four walks.

The Benders (1-10 in the division) grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first on Alex Johnson’s single.

Plymouth tied the score in the second. Medved reached base on an infield error to open the frame and scored with two outs on another infield miscue.

Stecker led the Flames in hits and RBIs with two each.

Schneider had a team-high three hits.

FLAMES-SAUKVILLE

Sam Matthies fired a six-hit shutout for the Saints – striking out nine and walking only three.

Saukville gave Matthies all the support he needed with two runs in the bottom of the first. Josh Hein whacked an RBI double and scored when Matt Jacoby followed with a single.

The Flames advanced a runner to third only twice.

Matt Rhude was the losing hurler. Rhude went 4-2/3 frames and surrendered four earned runs on seven hits with eight walks, a hit batter and three whiffs.

Wachter hurled the final 3-1/3 innings and allowed no runs on two hits with zero walks and three strikeouts.

Heidenreiter led the Flames in hits with a pair. Ian Tucker keyed the Saints’ offense with three hits.

FLAMES 3

WEST BEND 1

Score by Innings
Flames..................010 000 002 – 3 5 1
West Bend...….....100 000 000 – 1 7 3
Matt Schroeder and Dusty Medved;
Josh Schneider, Alex Johnson (9) and
Luke Grefsheim. W – Schroeder, 3-1.
L – Schneider. 2B – W, Schneider.

FLAMES 0

SAUKVILLE 4

Score by Innings
Flames..................000 000 000 – 0 6 1
Saukville...…........200 020 00x – 4 9 1
Matt Rhude, Ryan Wachter (5)
and Dusty Medved; Sam Matthies and
Josh Hein. W – Matthies. L – Rhude,
2-3. 2Bs – Flames, Eric Heidenreiter;
Saukville, Hein. 3B – Flames, Wachter.


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