Flames hold off Lakers to earn LOL win


CLAY HENNING of the Plymouth Flames belts a firstinning single against Port Washington in a LOL baseball game Wednesday night. Henning had a team-high three hits. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley CLAY HENNING of the Plymouth Flames belts a firstinning single against Port Washington in a LOL baseball game Wednesday night. Henning had a team-high three hits. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley PLYMOUTH – The Plymouth Flames built an 8-0 cushion and then had to stave off a late rally by Port Washington to notch a 10-6 win in Land O’ Lakes Baseball League Northern Division action Wednesday night at Carl Loebe Field.

The win improved the Flames’ league record to 8-4 (15-7 overall). The Lakers dropped to 6-9 in LOL play.

Port Washington erupted for five runs in the top of the seventh to slice the Flames’ lead to 8-5. The key hit was Chris Laurischke’s two-run single. Greg Rhude relieved Plymouth starting pitcher Jake Klemme in the seventh and retired all three batters he faced which ended the inning.

The Lakers added another run in the eighth which made it 8-6.


JAKE KLEMME unleashes a pitch for the Plymouth Flames in their LOL baseball game versus Port Washington Wednesday night. Klemme earned a 10-6 win. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley JAKE KLEMME unleashes a pitch for the Plymouth Flames in their LOL baseball game versus Port Washington Wednesday night. Klemme earned a 10-6 win. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley The Flames responded with two big insurance runs in the bottom of the frame to go up 10-6. Matt Rhude led off with a single and Greg Rhude was then hit by a pitch. Matt Rhude scored on Dusty Medved’s sacrifice fly. Klemme’s single drove in Greg Rhude for Plymouth’s final tally.

The Flames scored four runs in the third to grab a 4-0 advantage. Greg Rhude’s two-RBI double was the big blow.

Greg Rhude’s RBI single in the fourth hiked the Flames’ lead to 5-0.

Plymouth tacked on three more runs in the sixth to build their 8-0 lead. Luke Held came through with a two-out, two-run double which climaxed the inning.

Klemme started on the mound and pitched six shutout innings before running into trouble in the seventh. He allowed five runs (all earned) on 12 hits with two walks and three strikeouts in six innings.

Greg Rhude earned a save – allowing one earned run on two hits with two walks and a pair of strikeouts in three innings.

Third baseman Clay Henning sparked the Flames’ attack with three hits in the leadoff spot. Henning and Matt Rhude scored a team-high three runs each. Greg Rhude, Klemme and Greg Krahn contributed two hits apiece.

Greg Rhude paced his team in RBIs with three, followed by Held and Klemme with two each.

Jake Schimenz spearheaded the Lakers’ bats with four hits. Nick Heiting and Laurischke had a team-best two RBIs apiece.

Aaron Brockman took the loss. He started and went six innings – surrendering eight runs on 11 hits with four walks and strikeouts each.

“We hit the ball well. I was pleased with the team overall,” said Flame manager Rick Meyer.

“Clay has been playing real well for his first year. Greg Rhude has been very productive. Greg Krahn [second baseman] has played a good team role for us.”


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