Miscues hurt Flames in league defeat

OAKFIELD – The Plymouth Flames committed five errors and were outhit 13-6 as they fell to the Oakfield Oaks, 7-1, in a Rock River Baseball League Northern Division game here Sunday afternoon.

The game was called after seven innings due to heavy rain. The Flames slipped to 4-6 in the division (8-11 overall). Oakfield improved to 8-4 in the league (8-4 overall).

Plymouth made three errors in the bottom of the first inning which led to three of Oakfield’s four runs being unearned.

The Oaks scored twice in the second to go up 6-1. A Flame miscue resulted in one of the runs being unearned.

The Flames grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the first but left the bases loaded. Jake Heinemeyer scored the run on a wild pitch.

Mike Daly paced the Flames in hits with two.

Oakfield’s attack was keyed by Hunter Berry and Michael Merek with three hits each. Chris Immel led in RBIs with two.

Keegan Madigan was the Oaks’ starting and winning pitcher. Madigan allowed one unearned run on four hits with one walk, a hit batter and four strikeouts in 5-1/3 innings.

Flame starting hurler Zac Cain took the loss. Cain gave up seven runs (three earned) on 13 hits with two walks and one strikeout in 5-1/3 innings.

Derek Hall relieved Cain and threw the final 1-2/3 frames. Hall allowed no hits and zero walks to go with two strikeouts.

Flame manager Rick Meyer said he was disappointed his defense didn’t play better. He said if the Flames would’ve scored more runs in the first that it would’ve changed the complexion of the game.

“Oakfield is pretty sound up and down the [batting] order. They have a very good defense in the infield,” said Meyer.

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