Medved’s walk-off hit gives Flames playoff win


MATT RHUDE of the Plymouth Flames follows through on a pitch to a Brownsville batter in Sunday’s Rock River Baseball League playoff game. Rhude was the winning pitcher in relief. – Photo by Jodi Brown-Meyer MATT RHUDE of the Plymouth Flames follows through on a pitch to a Brownsville batter in Sunday’s Rock River Baseball League playoff game. Rhude was the winning pitcher in relief. – Photo by Jodi Brown-Meyer PLYMOUTH – Dusty Medved’s RBI single in the bottom of the 12th inning gave the Plymouth Flames a dramatic 6-5 win over the Brownsville 49ers in the third round of the Rock River Baseball League divisional playoffs.

The game was tied 5-5 going into the last of the 12th. Clay Henning led off with a single and moved to second base on Jake Klemme’s ensuing sacrifice bunt. Luke Held followed with a walk and he and Henning advanced to second and third on a wild pitch.

After Matt Rhude was walked intentionally, Medved drove in Henning with a hit up the middle.

“It’s great to continue on [in the playoffs]. It was two good ballclubs battling it out. It was a great ball game,” said Flame manager Rick Meyer whose team is 25-14.


CLAY HENNING, Plymouth Flame second baseman, gears up to hit during Sunday’s Rock River Baseball League playoff game. Henning scored the winning run as the Flames triumphed, 6-5, in 12 innings. – Photo by Jodi Brown-Meyer CLAY HENNING, Plymouth Flame second baseman, gears up to hit during Sunday’s Rock River Baseball League playoff game. Henning scored the winning run as the Flames triumphed, 6-5, in 12 innings. – Photo by Jodi Brown-Meyer The win keeps the Flames in contention in the playoffs. Plymouth, the Northeast Division winner, is 2-1 in the playoffs which will decide the North champion. The loss eliminated Brownsville, a Northwest Division team.

Plymouth will play at Hartford Saturday at 1:30 p.m. in the fourth round of the double-elimination format. The loser will be knocked out of the playoffs. The winner will play at Hustisford on Sunday.

“Clay had a big hit to get on [in the 12th]. Dusty had a clutch hit,” said Meyer.

The 49ers scored two unearned runs in the top of the ninth to go up 5-4. John Cetnar and Lucas Vandeslant delivered two-out RBI singles.


GREG KRAHN of the Plymouth Flames sizes up a pitch during Sunday’s Rock River Baseball League playoff game against Brownsville. The catcher is Josh Klismith. Krahn’s ninth-inning homer tied the game, 5-5. – Photo by Jodi Brown-Meyer GREG KRAHN of the Plymouth Flames sizes up a pitch during Sunday’s Rock River Baseball League playoff game against Brownsville. The catcher is Josh Klismith. Krahn’s ninth-inning homer tied the game, 5-5. – Photo by Jodi Brown-Meyer The Flames knotted the game, 5-5, in their half of the ninth on Greg Krahn’s leadoff home run. Krahn, a left-handed batter, hit the homer down the right-field line.

“That home run was a big one – a clutch play,” said Meyer.

Matt Rhude pitched well in relief to earn the win. Rhude threw the final eight innings and allowed three runs (one earned) on six hits with five walks and four strikeouts.

“Matt did a good job in stemming the tide. He really battled which wasn’t easy on short rest,” said Meyer.

Rhude pitched 7-1/3 innings Wednesday night in the Tri-County Baseball League finals against Clyman.

The Flames banged out 13 hits, led by Held with three. Greg Rhude, Klemme and Medved cracked two each. Medved led in RBIs with two.

Cetnar keyed the 49ers’ bats with four hits and two RBIs.

Jordan DeBoer was the losing hurler in relief. DeBoer gave up three runs (all earned) on six hits with five walks and four strikeouts in 4-1/3 frames.


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