Flames fall in 10, still alive in league playoffs

HUSTISFORD – Jim Wittrock’s RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning gave the Hustisford Astros a 3-2 win over the Plymouth Flames in the second round of the Rock River Baseball League divisional playoffs here Sunday afternoon.

The Flames, 24-13, are still alive in the playoffs which have a double-elimination format after the first round. Plymouth won the Northeast Division title during the regular season and Hustisford finished second in the Northwest Division.

Plymouth will host Brownsville in an elimination game Saturday at Carl Loebe Field at 1:30 p.m. The winner will play at the Hustisford-Hartford loser on Sunday.

Wittrock’s one-out single drove in Tanner Galeazzi who had walked and later moved to second base on a fielder’s choice.

The Flames tied the game, 1-1, in the eighth on Zac Cain’s double which knocked in Clay Henning who had doubled.

Plymouth grabbed a 2-1 lead in the ninth. Greg Krahn singled with one away and later scored on a throwing error by the second baseman.

The Astros answered with a run in their half of the ninth to make it 2-2. John Ellenberger drew a one-out walk and came home on Andrew Wasmound’s single.

“It was a great baseball game. We just couldn’t push across another run [late in the game],” said Flame manager Rick Meyer. “It was quite deflating [to lose].

“We hit the ball and lined out several times. Everybody played a good game.”

Both teams had numerous chances to score more runs. Plymouth left 10 runners on base and Hustisford, 12.

Henning, Cain, Dusty Medved and Krahn paced Plymouth in hits with two each.

The Astros’ offense was led by Casey Simon, Galeazzi and Justin Penschke with two hits each.

David Rosser posted a complete game win. Rosser allowed one earned run on 10 hits with one walk and four strikeouts.

Greg Rhude took the loss in relief of Cain. Rhude gave up two two runs (both earned) on three hits with two walks, a hit batter and no strikeouts in 1-1/3 innings.

Cain threw eight innings and surrendered one run (earned) on six hits with five walks and one strikeout.

The Flames will play in the Tri-County League championship game Wednesday versus Clyman at Washington Park in Watertown at 7:30 p.m.

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