Flames hold on to outlast Branch


AUSTIN MORK of the Plymouth Flames lashes a single in the second inning of Friday night’s baseball game versus the Branch Blaze. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley AUSTIN MORK of the Plymouth Flames lashes a single in the second inning of Friday night’s baseball game versus the Branch Blaze. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley The Plymouth Flames staved off a late rally by the Branch Blaze to win, 9-8, in a nonleague baseball game Friday night at Carl Loebe Field in Plymouth.

The Flames upped their record to 6-2.

Plymouth led 9-3 going into the seventh inning. The Blaze erupted for five runs to cut the deficit to 9-8. The key blow was a three-run triple by Lincoln Raddatz.

Derek Hall came in to relieve in the eighth for the Flames and blanked Branch the final two innings to earn a save. Hall allowed two hits and one walk to go with one strikeout.

Zac Cain sparked the Flames’ attack with three hits, including a two-run homer in the sixth, and three RBIs. Greg Rhude contributed two hits and RBIs each. Matt Rhude also had two RBIs.

Brent Robinson paced Branch in hits with three. Raddatz had a team-high three RBIs.

LAKESHORE INVITE

The Flames played in the Lakeshore Invitational at Manitowoc Sunday. The tournament included two three-team pools with the pool winners meeting in the championship game.

Plymouth finished second in its pool with a 1-1 record. The Flames lost to the Two Rivers Polar Bears, 3-2, and then routed the Manitowoc Heat, 11-0.

Two Rivers won Plymouth’s pool with a 2-0 mark and then lost to the De Pere Dodgers in the finals, 17-4.

The Polar Bears broke a 2-2 tie with Plymouth in the top of the fifth on a groundout by Mike Ruzek.

Plymouth left 11 runners on base. The Flames, who had just five hits, drew six walks and had two batters hit by pitches. Eric Heidenreiter led Plymouth in hits with two. Cain and Zach Gambrell had one RBI each.

Cain took the loss and went the distance. He allowed three earned runs on eight hits with one walk, a hit batter and six strikeouts in seven frames.

The winning hurler was Zach Wendorf who gave up two earned runs on three hits with six walks, two hit batters and five strikeouts. Ruzek notched a save.

Ruzek and Alex Cooney paced Two Rivers in hits with two each.

The Flames banged out 10 hits in their rout over the Heat. Cain led Plymouth in hits with three, followed by Derek Hall and Zach Gambrell with two each.

Cain and Gambrell had a team-high three RBIs apiece and Austin Mork had two. Heiden- reiter and Hall led in runs with three each.

Nick Wilson and Gambrell combined for a two-hit shutout, with starter Wilson gaining the win. Wilson allowed two hits and one walk with four strikeouts in four innings. Gambrell threw one frame and had two strikeouts and no walks. The game ended after five due to the 10-run rule.


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