Quick start, pitching keys Flames’ win

PORT WASHINGTON – The Plymouth Flames seized a 3-0 lead after three innings and received strong pitching as they clipped the Port Washington Lakers, 4-2, in Land O’ Lakes Baseball League play here Wednesday night.

Plymouth upped its league record to 3-2 (6-4 overall). The Lakers dropped to 2-4 in the LOL. Both teams are in the Northern Division, with the Flames in second place and Port Washington in third through Wednesday’s games.

The Flames went up 2-0 in the top of the first inning on Matt Schroeder’s two-run double with one out. Schroeder drove in Clay Henning and Matt Rhude who had doubled and walked, respectively.

Plymouth added a run in the third for a 3-0 lead. Greg Rhude drew a one-out walk, stole second and later scored on a wild pitch.

The Flames tallied their other run in the fifth which made it a 4-1 game. Matt Rhude led off the frame and struck out but reached first when the catcher dropped the

Score by Innings Flames................201 010 000 – 4 3 2 Port Wash. ….....000 110 000 – 2 10 4

Matt Schroeder, Ryan Wachter (6) and Jake Klemme; Tommy Wolf, Aaron Brockman (8) and Brockman, Tony Romens. W – Schroeder, 3-1. L – Wolf. Save – Wachter (1). 2Bs – Flames, Clay Henning, Greg Rhude; Port Washi_ ngton, Chris Laurishke. third strike and then made an errant throw to first.

He moved to second on a passed ball, stole third and scored when Dusty Medved reached first on an infield error.

Ryan Wachter did an excelllent job in relief for the Flames with four scoreless innings. Wachter allowed three hits and two walks while striking out two en route to earning a save.

“Ryan did a very nice job in relief. He changed speeds and hit his spots,” said Flame manager Rick Meyer.

Flame starting pitcher Matt Schroeder went five frames and was solid – surrendering two earned runs on six hits with three walks and eight strikeouts.

The Lakers outhit Plymouth 9-3 but stranded 13 baserunners. Port Washington committed four errors, compared to the Flames’ two. The Flames drew six walks.

“This was a big league win. It gives us some separation from Port Washington,” said Meyer. “Our pitching and defense were crucial.

“That was a big hit by Matt Schroeder.”

Tommy Wolf took the loss and gave up four runs (three earned) on only two hits with five walks and nine strikeouts in seven frames.

Jake Klemme’s single in the eighth accounted for the Flames’ other hit.

The Lakers’ offense was led by Josh Stanisch, Chris Laurishke and Ryan Romens with two hits each.

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