Flames swing hot bats in league win


DUSTY MEDVED rips an RBI double for the Plymouth Flames in Saturday’s LOL baseball game versus Cedarburg. The Mercs’ catcher is John Vandenberg. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley DUSTY MEDVED rips an RBI double for the Plymouth Flames in Saturday’s LOL baseball game versus Cedarburg. The Mercs’ catcher is John Vandenberg. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley The Plymouth Flames’ bats were on fire Saturday afternoon as they pummeled Cedarburg pitching for 17 hits to key a 9-4 win in a Land O’ Lakes Baseball League game at Carl Loebe Field.

The Northern Division victory extended the Flames’ winning streak to four and and hiked their league record to 12-5 (19-8 overall). The Mercs, the North champions, slipped to 14-3 in the league. Plymouth has wrapped up second place in the division.

The Flames seized a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning on the strength of six hits. Jake Klemme led off with a home run. Dusty Medved hammered an RBI double, and Luke Held and Zach Gambrell contributed RBI singles.

Plymouth tacked on two runs in the second and one in the third to build a 7-0 cushion. Greg Rhude drilled an RBI double and Held cracked a run-scoring single in the second. In the third, Held delivered an RBI single.


GREG RHUDE, the Plymouth Flames’ shortstop, fires the ball to first to retire Cedarburg’s Brian Bert on a grounder in Saturday’s LOL baseball game. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley GREG RHUDE, the Plymouth Flames’ shortstop, fires the ball to first to retire Cedarburg’s Brian Bert on a grounder in Saturday’s LOL baseball game. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley The Flames made it 9-3 with two runs in the eighth on Austin Mork’s base hit.

Greg Rhude and Held sparked the Flames’ attack with three hits each. Plymouth had seven batters with at least two hits. Klemme, Matt Rhude. Medved, Greg Krahn and Mork added two apiece.

Held had a team-high three RBIs and Mork had two.

“We’re playing real well now. We’re hitting the ball real well. We played extremely well,” said Flame manager Rick Meyer. “It’s not just one or two guys. Everybody is doing their parts.”

Klemme was the Flames’ starting and winning pitcher. He allowed three runs (all earned) on six hits with eight walks and three strikeouts in 6-2/3 innings.

Klemme, 5-1, pitched out of trouble en route to pitching six straight scoreless innings before allowing three runs in the seventh. He stranded nine Cedarburg baserunners over the first six frames.

Greg Rhude pitched the final 2-1/3 innings and gave up one earned run on zero hits with five walks and two strikeouts.

Justin Stiever paced the Mercs in hits with two. Cedarburg drew 13 walks but left 12 runners on base.

Michael Winter took the loss. Winter started and went six innings – allowing seven runs (all earned) on 16 hits with two walks and three strikeouts.

FLAMES-MUSKEGO GAME

In league play Wednesday night, the visiting Flames defeated the Muskego Impact, 6-4. Muskego is an Eastern Division team. The contest was seven innings as scheduled instead of nine due to the long road trip by the Flames.

The Flames tallied three runs in the top of the seventh which broke a 3-3 tie. Eric Heidenreiter drilled an RBI double which put his team up 4-3.

Matt Rhude followed with a single which drove in Heidenreiter. Matt Rhude scored on a throwing error by the pitcher who tried to nab Rhude at third after Greg Rhude’s infield single.

Matt Rhude earned a completegame win with a three-hitter. He surrendered two earned runs and six walks while striking out three as he improved to 6-2.

“We played real well. Matt is doing very well [on the mound]. He competes very hard,” said Meyer.

Matt Rhude, Greg Rhude and Krahn paced Plymouth in hits with two each. Greg Rhude led in RBIs with a pair and steals with four. Matt Rhude scored a team-high three runs.

Nick Schmidlkofer whacked two doubles to lead the Impact.

The losing pitcher was starter Kevin Schoenbach who allowed six runs (four earned) on eight hits with three walks and eight whiffs in 6-2/3 innings.


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