Flames coast to Northern Division finals


GREG RHUDE, Plymouth Flame shortstop, fires to first base to complete a 4-6-3 double play as Saukville’s Mike Sherrick slides into second during the second inning of Sunday’s LOL baseball playoff game. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley GREG RHUDE, Plymouth Flame shortstop, fires to first base to complete a 4-6-3 double play as Saukville’s Mike Sherrick slides into second during the second inning of Sunday’s LOL baseball playoff game. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley PLYMOUTH – The Plymouth Flames advanced to the finals of the Land O’ Lakes Baseball League Northern Division playoffs with a 12-4 pummeling of Saukville Sunday afternoon in a semifinal game at Carl Loebe Field.

The No. 2-seeded Flames, 21-8 and winners of six in a row, will face the No 1-seeded Cedarburg Mercs in the finals Sunday at 1 p.m. at Behling Field in Cedarburg. The winner advances to Sunday’s championship game of the Northern/Eastern divisional playoffs against the winner of the Racine Kiwanis-New Berlin Lakers Eastern Division finals.

The losers in the North and East title games will play in the third-place game of the North/East divisional playoffs on Sunday. The North/East champion automatically advances to the LOL grand championship playoffs. The third-place victor is eligible for the grand championship playoffs.


ZAC CAIN of the Plymouth Flames lines an RBI double in the second inning of Sunday’s LOL baseball playoff game versus Saukville. The Saints’ catcher is Chris Luckey. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley ZAC CAIN of the Plymouth Flames lines an RBI double in the second inning of Sunday’s LOL baseball playoff game versus Saukville. The Saints’ catcher is Chris Luckey. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley The Flames continued their recent torrid hitting Sunday with a 13-hit assault, including six for extra bases. Jake Klemme led the way with three hits, including two doubles. Greg Rhude, Joel Fabian and Austin Mork collected two hits each.

Plymouth’s RBI leaders were Klemme, Greg Rhude and Greg Krahn with two apiece. Klemme, Luke Held, Dusty Medved and Mork scored a team-high two runs each.

The Flames took control of the game with a five-run explosion in the bottom of the second inning to build a 5-0 lead. The key hit was a two-run single by Greg Krahn who later scored from third on the end of a double-steal in which Austin Mork swiped second. Klemme and Zac Cain contributed one RBI double each in the frame.

The Saints tallied three runs in the fifth on five hits to shave Plymouth’s lead to 7-4.

Plymouth answered with two runs in its half of the fifth and then tacked on three in the eighth to break the game open at 12-4. In the fifth, a run scored on a fielder’s choice by Mork and the other on an infield error. Greg Rhude’s two-run triple sparked the eighth-inning outburst.

Klemme was the winning pitcher and Matt Rhude earned a save. Klemme started and went six innings – allowing four earned runs on 11 hits with two walks and four strikeouts.

Rhude closed out the game with three scoreless innings. He surrendered only one hit, had zero walks and recorded two strikeouts.

“We took care of business. We hit the ball well and had hits up and down the lineup,” said Rick Meyer, the Flames’ manager.

Eight Flames were in the hit column.

“Matt did a very nice job [in relief]. He was very efficient and threw strikes. Jake did a decent job,” said Meyer.

The Saints’ bats were led by Steve Dickmann and Cole Granrath with three hits each. Sam Matthies added two hits and a team-high two RBIs.

Casey Johnson was the losing pitcher and threw a complete game. Johnson allowed 10 earned runs and five walks to go with seven strikeouts.

Saukville committed five errors to only one by the Flames.


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