Flames pound Grafton for league victory


LUKE HELD, Plymouth Flame catcher, smashes a three-run double in the first inning of Wednesday’s LOL baseball game against Grafton. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley LUKE HELD, Plymouth Flame catcher, smashes a three-run double in the first inning of Wednesday’s LOL baseball game against Grafton. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley PLYMOUTH – The Plymouth Flames were red-hot with the bats as they thumped the Grafton Express, 10-2, in a Land O’ Lakes Baseball League game Wednesday night at Carl Loebe Field.

The Flames exploded for 15 hits, led by Matt Rhude, Greg Rhude and Luke Held with three each. Held had a team-high four RBIs and Jake Klemme contributed two.

Greg Rhude, Medved and Ryan Wachter led Plymouth in runs with two each.

Plymouth upped its LOL record to 6-2 (10-4 overall). The Express dropped to 3-5 in the league.

Plymouth grabbed a 3-0 lead after one inning on Held’s threerun double which drove in Greg Rhude, Matt Schroeder and Dusty Medved. Rhude and Schroeder had singled and Medved was aboard on a walk.


MAX PRUEFER of Grafton just beats the tag from Plymouth Flame second baseman Clay Henning on a steal of second in Wednesday’s LOL baseball game. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley MAX PRUEFER of Grafton just beats the tag from Plymouth Flame second baseman Clay Henning on a steal of second in Wednesday’s LOL baseball game. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley The Flames broke the game open with four runs in the seventh, highlighted by Klemme’s two-run homer. Matt Rhude contributed an RBI single.

Schroeder fanned 12 batters en route to the win. He allowed only five hits and one earned run (two total runs) to go with four walks and a hit batter in eight innings. Greg Rhude pithed a scoreless ninth and struck out the side.

“This was our most complete game of the season. It was very impressive,” said Flame manager Rick Meyer.

“Everybody hit. It was a team effort.

“Matt Schroeder was solid and consistent [on the mound]. He’s a workhorse. He threw hard and had good breaking stuff which kept them off balance,” said Meyer.

Nate Lukas was the losing hurler. Lukas pitched a complete game and gave up six earned runs, walked two and struck out six.


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