Flames upset Port, advance to finals


MATT SCHROEDER of the Plymouth Flames fires a pitch to a Port Washington batter during Sunday’s Northern Division baseball playoff game. Schroeder earned a complete game win, 5-3. – Photo by Stacy Gloede MATT SCHROEDER of the Plymouth Flames fires a pitch to a Port Washington batter during Sunday’s Northern Division baseball playoff game. Schroeder earned a complete game win, 5-3. – Photo by Stacy Gloede Matt Schroeder notched a complete game win and Zac Cain had two RBIs to propel the Plymouth Flames past host Port Washington, 5-3, in a Land O’ Lakes Baseball League Northern Division semifinal playoff game Sunday afternoon.

The No. 4-seeded Flames, 19- 11, advance to the finals Saturday at No. 1-seeded Cedarburg at 1 p.m. The championship game, if necessary between the teams, is scheduled for Sunday at Cedarburg at 1 p.m. Plymouth must defeat the Mercs two straight games to earn the title because Cedarburg was the regular-season champion.

Port Washington came into the playoffs as the No. 2 seed. Plymouth defeated visiting Thiensville- Mequon, 7-5, in first-round play Saturday afternoon.


DUSTY MEDVED rips a triple for the Plymouth Flames in Sunday’s Northern Division baseball playoff game against Port Washington. The catcher is Nick Heiting. – Photo by Stacy Gloede DUSTY MEDVED rips a triple for the Plymouth Flames in Sunday’s Northern Division baseball playoff game against Port Washington. The catcher is Nick Heiting. – Photo by Stacy Gloede Schroeder, 5-2, allowed zero earned runs on nine hits with only three walks, a hit batter and four strikeouts.

“Matt is a battler. He had good command, hit the corners and mixed his pitches well. I was happy with his performance,” said Rick Meyer, the Flames’ playermanager.

“The guys were battling. We had clutch hits. It was a team effort. I’m proud of the guys.”

The Flames built a 5-0 lead over the Lakers after six innings and then staved off a Port Washington rally. Cain’s RBI triple gave his team a 1-0 advantage in the top of the second inning.

Plymouth added two runs in the fourth on Mike DuCharme’s run-scoring single, followed by Dusty Medved’s RBI triple.

The Flames added single runs in the fifth and sixth. In the fifth, Schroeder ripped an RBI triple. In the sixth, Cain delivered an RBI double.

The Lakers tallied three runs in the seventh to cut Plymouth’s lead to 5-3. Ed Kozlowski stroked an RBI single and Nick Heiting cracked a two-run single.

Plymouth banged out 11 hits, led by Schroeder with three. Medved and Cain contributed two apiece. Cain, a standout on Plymouth High School’s state tournament team this summer, had a team-high two RBIs.

Max Kaske keyed the Lakers’ offense with three hits. Heiting and Paul Smith added two each.

The Lakers stranded 10 baserunners, compared to six for the Flames.

Laker starting hurler Aaron Brockman took the loss. Brockman went seven innings and allowed five runs (three earned) on eight hits with no walks and four strikeouts.

THIENSVILLE GAME

The Flames scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth to seize a 6-3 lead en route to their win over the No. 5-seeded Twins. Medved’s two-run single was the key hit.

Plymouth took advantage of two Twin errors in the fifth which resulted in two unearned runs. Jake Klemme had an RBI single and DuCharme contributed a bases loaded walk which forced in a run.

DuCharme’s two-run single gave the Flames a 2-0 lead in the first. Plymouth added a big insurance run in the seventh on Paul Gloede’s base hit which made it 7-5.

Cain sealed the win with 2-2/3 scoreless innings in relief to earn a save. He fanned an impressive six batters, walked one and surrendered only one hit.

“Zac came in and just mowed them down. He just overpowered them,” said Meyer.

Meyer thought Flame starting pitcher Matt Rhude threw well. Rhude posted the win – giving up five runs (three earned) on eight hits with seven walks, a hit batter and two whiffs in 6-1/3 innings. The Twins left a whopping 14 runners on base.

Klemme ignited the Flames’ attack with three hits and Rhude added a pair. DuCharme led in RBIs with three and Medved had two. Rhude, Cain and Klemme scored a team-high two runs apiece.

Ryan Worm and Chris Gallun paced the Twins in hits with two each.

The Twins’ starting pitcher Josh Ruppel, who fanned 15 batters and allowed only two hits in a 6-2 win over Plymouth on June 22, took the loss. Ruppel gave up seven runs (five earned) on nine hits with five walks and 12 strikeouts in seven frames.

In a nonleague game Wednesday night, the host Flames routed the Manitowoc Heat, 15-1. Ryan Wachter was the winner with a five-hitter. Klemme had a teamhigh four hits and five RBIs for Plymouth.

The Flames pounded out 18 hits. Rhude, Medved and Wachter collected three hits each. Medved also had four RBIs and Wachter, three.

THIENSVILLE
5

FLAMES
7

Score by Innings
Thiensville............000 122 000 – 5 9 3
Flames.................200 040 10x – 7 9 2

Josh Ruppel, Drew Worth (8) and Ben Binversie; Matt Rhude, Zac Cain (7) and Jake Klemme. W – Rhude, 4-5. L – Ruppel. Save – Cain.

FLAMES
5

PORT WASHINGTON
3

Score by Innings
Flames................010 211 000 – 5 11 3
Port Wash. .........000 000 300 – 3 9 2

Matt Schroeder and Jake Klemme; Aaron Brockman, Andrew Wood (8) and Nick Heiting, Brockman (8). W – Schroeder, 5-2. L – Brockman. 2B – Flames, Zac Cain. 3Bs – Flames, Schroeder, Dusty Medved, Cain.


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