Flames rally to earn league victory


GREG RHUDE of the Plymouth Flames delivers a pitch to a Juneau County batter in Sunday’s baseball game. Rhude was the winning pitcher. – Photo by Janeen Cain GREG RHUDE of the Plymouth Flames delivers a pitch to a Juneau County batter in Sunday’s baseball game. Rhude was the winning pitcher. – Photo by Janeen Cain PLYMOUTH – The Plymouth Flames fought back from a 5-2 deficit to down the Juneau County Seaters, 8-5, in a Rock River Baseball League game Sunday afternoon at Carl Loebe Field.

The Flames upped their firstplace Northeast Division record to 9-3 (15-7 overall). The Seaters dropped to 5-7 in the Northwest Division.

Juneau County scored five runs in the top of the fourth inning to go ahead 5-2. The Seaters exploded for seven hits in the frame, led by RC Lehman’s two-run double.

Plymouth tied the game, 5-5, with a run in the bottom of the sixth on Clay Henning’s sacrifice fly.

The Flames tallied three runs in the eighth to go up 8-5. The key hits were run-scoring singles by Greg Rhude and Tyler Willeford.


GREG KRAHN, Plymouth Flame second baseman, goes after a ground ball in Sunday’s baseball game. Krahn had three hits in the game. – Photo by Janeen Cain GREG KRAHN, Plymouth Flame second baseman, goes after a ground ball in Sunday’s baseball game. Krahn had three hits in the game. – Photo by Janeen Cain Rhude sparked the Flames’ offense with four hits. Greg Krahn and Willeford contributed three each. Plymouth pounded out 13 hits.

Rhude led Plymouth in RBIs with three and Willeford had two. Clay Henning, Krahn and Rhude scored a team-high two runs each.

Rhude earned a complete-game win. After a rough fourth inning, he finished the game strong. Rhude allowed no runs on only one hit with four strikeouts and one walk over the last five innings.

“Greg did fine. He is a big competitor and throws very hard,” said Flame manager Rick Meyer.

Rhude finished the game with eight strikeouts, two walks, a hit batter and five earned runs on nine hits.

“I was happy with the way we battled back. We did well overall,” said Meyer.

The Seaters were led in hits by Nick Gahlman and Marcus Hafemeister with two apiece. Lehman led in RBIs with two.

Tony Giese was the losing pitcher in relief. Giese allowed three runs (one earned) on four hits with three walks and two strikeouts in two innings.

The Seaters committed five errors which led to four unearned runs by Plymouth.


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