Flames 0-3 in WAB Classic pool play

SHEBOYGAN – The Plymouth Flames faced tough competition in the Wisconsin Amateur Baseball Classic as they finished 0-3 in Pool D at Wildwood Park.

The 20-team tournament, held at different sites, included five four-team pools. Four pool winners advanced to the semifinals, including the Sheboygan A’s who won Pool D with a 3-0 record.

On Sunday in West Bend, the A’s lost in the semifinals to West Bend 7-UP, 7-6; and West Bend defeated Sparta Miller in the championship game, 8-4.

Plymouth opened the tourney Friday night with a 5-2 loss to the A’s. The Flames were held to six hits and made four errors which led to three unearned runs by Sheboygan.

Zac Cain led the Flames in hits with two and Jake Klemme had an RBI.

Sheboygan’s top batters were Taylor Grimm and Mitch McCon- nell with two hits each. Mitchell Sutton led in RBIs with two.

The winning pitcher was Weston Nelson, with A.J. Alessi earning a save.

Matt Rhude started at pitcher for Plymouth and took the loss – allowing five runs (two earned) on eight hits with five walks, a hit batter and five strikeouts in 5-2/3 innings.

SATURDAY’S GAMES

On Saturday, the Flames lost a pair of one-run games – 4-3 to the Clyman Canners and 6-5 to the Milwaukee Beavers. Shaun Wegner’s solo home run leading off the bottom of the ninth inning gave Clyman the win.

The Flames collected nine hits, led by Klemme and Greg Krahn with two apiece. Greg Rhude drove in a run.

Greg Rhude took the loss in relief of starter Cain who threw seven frames and gave up only two earned runs (three total) on just five hits with no walks, a hit batter and four strikeouts.

Kyle Knaust’s RBI double in the top of the fifth gave the Beavers a 6-5 lead. Plymouth put runners on first and second with no outs in the sixth but were unable to score.

Plymouth banged out 10 hits, led by Clay Henning, Luke Held and Tyler Willeford with two each. Willeford had a team-high three RBIs.

Matt Olig relieved starter hurler Klemme and took the loss.

“We competed in every game. I was a little disappointed [the Flames didn’t win a game],” said Plymouth manager Rick Meyer.

Meyer said playing three strong teams in the WAB Classic should help his team down the stretch this season.


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