Flames outlast Hartford, win Tri-County title

HARTFORD – Greg Rhude’s five RBIs and Zac Cain’s four hits powered the Plymouth Flames to a 16-10 win over the Hartford Hawks in the Tri-County Nite League baseball championship game here last Wednesday night.

Rhude slugged a three-run homer in the top of the sixth inning which gave the Flames the lead for good at 8-7.

The Hawks scored five runs in the bottom of the third to take a 7-5 lead. Hartford was aided by four Plymouth errors in the frame.

The Flames tallied three runs in the eighth on Jake Steinhardt’s triple to go up 12-8. Plymouth added four insurance runs in the ninth to build a 16-9 advantage. Rhude’s two-run single sparked the outburst.

Plymouth, which finished second in last year’s league playoffs to Clyman, raised its overall record to 22-9. The Flames won the Section C division and the Hawks were the Section B winners in the league which qualified both teams for the title game.

The Flames banged out 16 hits. The team had four batters with at least two hits, led by Cain. Rhude contributed three, followed by Mike Daly and Steinhardt with two each. Steinhardt was second on the team in RBIs with four and Cain delivered two.

Rhude scored a team-high four runs and Derek Hall and Daly had three apiece. Plymouth drew 11 walks, led by Hall’s three.

Hall was the winning pitcher in relief of starter Matt Rhude. Hall threw five innings and allowed three runs (one earned) on six hits with three walks and one strikeout.

Matt Rhude gave up seven runs (two earned) on 10 hits with three walks and one strikeout in four innings.

“I was very pleased [with the team]. I’m very happy to win the championship,” said Flame manager Rick Meyer who thought everyone contributed.

“Their pitchers threw hard and we hit the ball well. Greg’s home run was huge. Derek threw real well.”

The Flames committed a season-high seven errors, six of which led to seven unearned runs.

Hartford’s attack was led by Joe Seeger, Zach Christopherson and Cale Klink with three hits each. Dalton Graves had a team-best two RBIs.

The Flames’ next game will be a first-round Rock River Baseball League game versus the Kewaskum A’s Wednesday, Aug. 9. The time and location haven’t been determined yet.

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