Flames fall in grand championship opener


MATT RHUDE winds up for a pitch for the Plymouth Flames in their LOL grand championship playoff game against the Brookfield Bulldogs Sunday afternoon. – Submitted photo MATT RHUDE winds up for a pitch for the Plymouth Flames in their LOL grand championship playoff game against the Brookfield Bulldogs Sunday afternoon. – Submitted photo PLYMOUTH – Anthony Andres stymied the Plymouth Flames’ bats, throwing eight scoreless innings, in pitching the Brookfield Bulldogs to an 8-0 win in the first round of the Land O’ Lakes Baseball League grand championship playoffs Sunday afternoon at Carl Loebe Field.

The Flames, 23-9, are still alive in the playoffs because of a double elimination format. Plymouth will host the Cedarburg Mercs in a losers’ bracket game Saturday with a scheduled starting time of 1 p.m.

Andres, a left-hander, surrendered just six hits, walked only two and struck out nine en route to the victory.

“Andres is pretty good. He was tough on our lefties. He kept his breaking ball low,” said Flame manager Rick Meyer.

“We got down early and we weren’t able to get back into it.”

The Bulldogs, a Western Division team, grabbed a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Kris Franzen drilled a one-out double and scored on Scott Booth’s twoout double. Booth later scored from third base when Bill Gorman was thrown out trying to steal second.

Brookfield broke the game open with a three-run eighth. Two infield errors led to a pair of unearned runs. Ryan Hinz contributed an RBI single.

Hinz, Franzen and Booth led the Bulldogs’ attack with two hits each. Booth had a team-high three RBIs and Hinz had two.

Plymouth didn’t have any batters with multiple hits.

Matt Rhude started on the hill for the Flames and took the loss. Rhude gave up five runs (three earned) on seven hits with four walks and one strikeout in 4-2/3 innings.

Greg Rhude pitched the final 4-1/3 frames for Plymouth. He allowed three runs (one earned) on two hits with three walks and four strikeouts.

The Flames were missing three starters in catcher Luke Held, infielder Clay Henning and pitcher/ infielder Jake Klemme due to college.

“Luke, Clay and Jake are three our better hitters. We had limited options in this game. Our guys played hard,” said Meyer.


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