Lack of timely hits costs Flames a victory


GREG RHUDE of the Plymouth Flames steals second base as a Slinger infielder applies a late tag in the fourth inning of Sunday’s Rock River Baseball League game. Rhude hit a solo home run to help the Flames win, 5-1. – Photo by Janeen Cain GREG RHUDE of the Plymouth Flames steals second base as a Slinger infielder applies a late tag in the fourth inning of Sunday’s Rock River Baseball League game. Rhude hit a solo home run to help the Flames win, 5-1. – Photo by Janeen Cain PLYMOUTH – Missed scoring chances cost the Plymouth Flames as they lost, 6-5, to the Cedarburg Mercs in a Rock River Baseball League Northeast Division game Friday night at Carl Loebe Field.

The division-leading Flames slipped to 12-4 (20-11 overall). The Mercs upped their division mark to 9-7.

The Flames stranded 12 baserunners and left the bases loaded in the bottom of the fourth and ninth innings. Trailing 6-5 going into the last of the ninth, Plymouth got back-toback singles by Zac Cain and Luke Held to start the frame which put runners at first and second.

Taylor Piel struck out the next two batters and then walked Dusty Medved which loaded the bases. Piel escaped the jam by fanning the next batter.

The Mercs built a 5-1 lead after a four-run third. Cedarburg whacked five hits in the frame, including RBI singles by Zach Lauterbach and Joe Reichart.

The Flames answered with three runs in their half of the third which sliced Cedarburg’s lead to 5-4. Held and Greg Rhude delivered RBI singles and the other run scored on a wild pitch.

Cedarburg went up 6-4 in the fourth when Josh Moses belted a solo home run.

Plymouth closed to within 6-5 in the fifth on Medved’s RBI single.

The Flames tied the game, 1-1, when Held hit a sacrifice fly in the first.

Clay Henning, Cain and Held led Plymouth’s attack with two hits each. Held had a team-high two RBIs. Henning led in runs with a pair.

The Mercs, who outhit the Flames 12-9, were led at the plate by Moses with four hits and Lauterbach, three. Lauterbach led in RBIs with two.

Piel posted a complete-game victory. He gave up five earned runs and seven walks to go with nine strikeouts.

Cain, the Flames’ starting pitcher, took the loss. He surrendered five runs (all earned) on eight hits with one walk and zero strikeouts in three innings.

Matt Rhude relieved Cain and went five innings – allowing one earned run on four hits with three walks and five strikeouts. Greg Rhude finished up with a scoreless ninth – allowing no hits and walks while striking out one.

“We had [scoring] opportunities but didn’t take advantage of them enough. It was disappointing that we couldn’t get over the hump,” said Flame manager Rick Meyer.

“Matt Rhude came in [to pitch] and stemmed the tide and allowed us to get back into the game.”

The Flames’ scheduled Tri-County League game July 27 at home versus the Brownsville 49ers was rained out and will not be made up.


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