Flames cruise to key Rock River League win


ZAC CAIN of the Plymouth Flames drills a single in the first inning of Friday night’s baseball game against Rubicon. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley ZAC CAIN of the Plymouth Flames drills a single in the first inning of Friday night’s baseball game against Rubicon. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley SAUKVILLE – The Plymouth Flames shook off a slow start to rout Saukville, 11-1, in a Rock River Baseball League Northeast Division game here Sunday afternoon.

The Flames upped their divisionleading record to 6-1 (10-4 overall). The Saints, who would’ve moved into a tie for first place with a win, dropped to 4-3 in the division.

Plymouth trailed 1-0 and was held hitless by Sam Matthies through four innings before exploding for 11 runs over the final four frames. The game was called after eight due to the 10-run rule.

The Flames scored two runs in the top of the sixth to take a 3-1 lead. Matt Rhude hit an RBI single and the other run scored on an outfield error.

A three-run seventh raised the Flames’ advantage to 6-1. Greg Rhude laced an RBI single, followed by Zac Cain’s two-run single.


MATT OLIG, first baseman for the Plymouth Flames, rips a double in the second inning of Friday night’s baseball game versus Rubicon. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley MATT OLIG, first baseman for the Plymouth Flames, rips a double in the second inning of Friday night’s baseball game versus Rubicon. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley Plymouth blew the game open with a five-run eighth. The key hits were Cain’s two-run single and Nick Wilson’s RBI base hit.

Cain, the winning pitcher, led the Flames in hits with two and RBIs, four. Nine Flames had at least one hit. Ryan Wachter had a team-high two steals and Plymouth had a total of six.

Cain started and threw seven innings – allowing one earned run on five hits with four walks and seven strikeouts. Ryan Wachter pitched a scoreless eighth and gave up no hits with one walk and zero strikeouts.

“We were sluggish early on but we did what we had to do [to rally back]. I was happy we got going and were able to break the game open. This is a big win,” said Flame manager Rick Meyer.

“Zac had a strong performance [pitching]. He kept the ball around the plate and was able to control the bottom of the order. He was able to get his curveball over.”

The Saints’ Nos. 5-9 batters combined for only two hits.

“Zac is hitting the ball very well. He has been a nice addition to the team,” said Meyer.

Cain, a former all-state baseball player at Plymouth High School (2015 graduate), is in his first full season for the Flames.

Ian Tucker led Saukville in hits with two.

Sam Matthies was the starting and losing hurler. Matthies gave up six runs (all earned) on seven hits with seven walks and two strikeouts in seven innings.

The Flames’ Tri-County League game Friday night in Plymouth versus the Rubicon Red Sox was called in the top of the fourth because of a rainstorm. The Flames were leading 8-1. The makeup status hasn’t been determined yet.


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