Flames red-hot in consecutive lopsided wins


ZACH FRITZ of Howards Grove laces a single in Friday’s baseball game against the Plymouth Flames. The catcher is Tyler Willeford. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley ZACH FRITZ of Howards Grove laces a single in Friday’s baseball game against the Plymouth Flames. The catcher is Tyler Willeford. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley The Plymouth Flames dominated on back-to-back nights en route to baseball wins over the West Bend Benders and Howards Grove Riverdogs.

On Wednesday the visiting Flames clobbered the Benders, 15-0, in a Rock River League Northeast Division contest. The win raised Plymouth’s first-place record to 7-2.

On Thursday the Flames breezed past the host Riverdogs, 15-1, in nonleague play which improved their season mark to 13-5.

Ryan Wachter fired a one-hit shutout against West Bend. The only hit he allowed was a two-out single by Kevin Kasten in the bottom of the fifth inning. Wachter struck out nine and walked four in seven innings.

Nick Wilson earned a complete game win for the Flames against HG. Wilson surrendered one earned run on six hits with one strikeout and only two walks.

“These games could not have gone any better. This is a stretch where we had five games in nine days and we were hoping to get through Wednesday and Thursday using Ryan and Nick and as little relief pitching as possible. Both turned in outstanding completegame performances,” said Flame manager Rick Meyer.

“Ryan was strong throughout and only surrendered a seeing-eye single in the fifth. Offensively, we scored in workmanlike fashion – pounding out 17 hits.”

The Flames blew the West Bend game open with a six-run seventh on four hits, two Bender errors and a hit batter. Greg Krahn, Dusty Medved and Austin Mork had one RBI single each in the frame.

Zac Cain swung the hottest bat for Plymouth with four hits, plus a team-high four RBIs. Clay Henning and Krahn had three hits each, followed by Medved, Zach Gambrell and Mork with two each.


ZACH GAMBRELL lashes a two-run single for the Plymouth Flames in the first inning of Thursday’s baseball game versus Howards Grove. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley ZACH GAMBRELL lashes a two-run single for the Plymouth Flames in the first inning of Thursday’s baseball game versus Howards Grove. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley Krahn and Klemme contributed two RBIs apiece.

HOWARDS GROVE GAME

The Flames erupted for eight runs in the top of the first to key their rout over HG. Plymouth collected four hits and had two batters plunked, and were aided by three Riverdog errors. The errors caused all of the runs to be unearned.

The key hit in the frame was Gambrell’s two-run single. Wachter and Henning each delivered an RBI single.

“Nick did a great job moving the ball around and getting ahead of hitters,” Meyer noted.

The Riverdogs’ offense was led by Zach Fritz, Cole Reinemann and Ryan Halverson with two hits each. Ashton Holzman had an RBI.

Austin Edge was the Riverdogs’ starting pitcher and was saddled with the loss. Edge threw four innings and allowed 10 runs but all of the them were unearned. He gave up seven hits and no walks, hit two batters and fanned three.


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