Flames win Northeast Division championship

The Plymouth Flames clinched the outright Northeast Division title in the Rock River Baseball League with a forfeit win over Grafton Saturday.

Plymouth lost Sunday afternoon to second-place Kewaskum but still finished ahead of the A’s in the final standings. The Flames finished 14-5 in the division and 23-12 for the regular season. Kewaskum took second with a 13-6 mark in the division.

Grafton had to forfeit against Plymouth because it didn’t have enough players.

“It’s great to win a division again. I’m proud of the team. I’m happy that we achieved one of our goals,” said Flame manager Rick Meyer.

The Flames, a new member in the Rock River Baseball League this season, won the Northern Division playoffs and the Eastern/Northern divisional playoffs in the Land O’ Lakes League last year.

The Flames will host the Cedarburg Mercs in the first round of the league playoffs on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Carl Loebe Field. If the Flames win they will play at Hustisford Sunday at 1:30 p.m. If the Flames lose to Cedarburg they are eliminated from the playoffs.

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Plymouth took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning against Kewaskum. Greg Rhude led off and reached first base on an infield error. He later scored on Zac Cain’s ground out.

The A’s tallied five unanswered runs to go up 5-1. Kewaskum scored twice in the first on an RBI single by Adam Sarauer and a run-scoring double by Randy Finger. Finger’s two-run double keyed a three-run third which put his team ahead 5-1.

Plymouth scored its other run in the seventh. Dusty Medved drew a leadoff walk and came around to score on Greg Rhude’s base hit.

The Flames stranded six runners on base over the last four innings combined.

Plymouth had seven hits and didn’t have a batter with more than one.

Leading the A’s in hits with two each were Mike Aiello, Sarauer and Finger with two each. Finger led in RBIs with three.

Jim Ziegler was the winning pitcher. Ziegler started and went five innings – allowing one run (unearned) on only two hits with no walks and five strikeouts.

Cain started on the mound and took the loss. He surrendered five runs (four earned) on five hits with two walks, two hit batters and four strikeouts in three innings.

Four Plymouth relief pitchers combined for five shutout innings.


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