Flames shine in WABC tournament

The Plymouth Flames had a strong showing in last week’s Wisconsin Amateur Baseball Classic tournament.

The Flames won their fourteam, round-robin pool which advanced the Flames to the semifi- nals. Plymouth, which finished 3-0 in pool play, won a tiebreaker to make Sunday’s semifinals where it lost to the eventual champion Pewaukee Muskies, 10-0.

“I was very pleased with the way it [tournament] turned out for us. To go 3-0 in our pool and make the championship round [semifi- nals] is awesome,” said Rick Meyer, the Flames’ manager.

“The guys had fun. Everyone enjoyed the experience.”

This was the Flames’ first participation in the WABC which included a strong 24-team field. Pewaukee routed the West Allis Nationals in Sunday’s championship game, 10-1.

Austin Hansen fired a four-hit shutout for the Muskies against the Flames. Hansen walked one and fanned eight. Matt Schroeder was the starting pitcher for Plymouth and took the loss.

Brian Henschell sparked the Muskies’ attack with a team-high three RBIs and two hits. Brock Guetzke also had two hits.


The Flames won their tourney opener, 5-2, over the Kewaskum A’s July 15 at West Bend. Jake Klemme earned a complete-game win. He allowed one earned run on eight hits with no walks, three strikeouts and one hit batter.

Klemme also clubbed a tworun homer. Dusty Medved led Plymouth in hits with two.

In their second game, the Flames hosted the Everest Merchants Friday night and cruised to an 11-2 win. Matt Rhude was the winning hurler with a complete game. He fanned 11 batters and walked only two while allowing two unearned runs on six hits.

Greg Rhude slugged a two-run homer and had two hits to key the Flames’ bats.

Saturday afternoon, the Flames downed the Lakeside Legends, 6-3, at Kewaskum. Greg Rhude twirled a two-hitter en route to the victory. He gave up three earned runs and five walks while striking out eight.

Matt Rhude and Meyer, who was pressed into service because the Flames were short-handed, led the team in RBIs with two each. Meyer’s two-run single climaxed the a three-run second inning which put the Flames up 3-0.

The Flames had seven hits with seven players contributing one each.

All of the Flames’ games were seven innings.

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