Flames deal New Berlin first LOL loss

Klemme twirls fourhitter en route to win

PLYMOUTH – Jake Klemme fired a four-hitter in pitching the Plymouth Flames to a 6-2 win over Eastern Division leader New Berlin in a Land O’ Lakes Baseball League match-up Sunday afternoon at Carl Loebe Field.

The loss was the first of the season for the Lakers in league play as they slipped to 8-1. The Flames improved to 4-2 in the LOL (8-4 overall) and are in second place in the Northern Division.

“This was a big win. We played very well,” said Flame manager Rick Meyer. “It was a good overall performance and a team win.

“Jake had an outstanding performance. I can’t say enough about him. He threw strikes and kept them off balance. He had a good mix of curveballs and fastballs.”

Klemme allowed one earned run and only two walks while striking out six. He retired the final 13 batters in order.

The Flames jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Greg Rhude had an RBI double and Matt Schroeder knocked in a run with a groundout. The other run scored on a wild pitch.

Plymouth added a run in the third to go up 4-1 and two more in the fifth to make it 6-2. In the third, Rhude drilled a one-out double, stole third and scored on a wild pitch. Luke Held whacked a twoout, two-run single in the fifth.

Rhude sparked the Flames’ offense with a team-high three hits, three runs and three stolen bases. Clay Henning contributed two hits. Held led in RBIs with two.

Laker starting pitcher Matt Goetz took the loss. Goetz surrendered four runs (three earned) on five hits with no walks and three strikeouts.

New Berlin had no batters with multiple hits.

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