Flames edge first-place Hartford in 12 innings

TYLER BETRY lines a two-run single for the Plymouth Flames in the fifth inning of Sunday’s baseball game versus Thiensville-Mequon. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley TYLER BETRY lines a two-run single for the Plymouth Flames in the fifth inning of Sunday’s baseball game versus Thiensville-Mequon. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley The Plymouth Flames earned their biggest win of the season with a 3-2, 12-inning victory over the Hartford Hawks in a Rock River Baseball League Northern Division game Friday night at Hartford.

The loss was only the second of the season for the Hawks who lead the division with a 12-2 record. Plymouth, still in the league playoff hunt, followed up Friday’s win with a 7-2 division triumph over visiting Thiensville-Mequon Sunday afternoon.

The Flames are 6-6 in the division and 10-11 overall. Plymouth has won five of its last six games.

The Plymouth-Hartford game was tied 2-2 going into the top of the 12th inning. Jake Heinemeyer reached first base on a fielder’s choice, took second on a wild pitch and scored with two outs when Zac Cain’s grounder to the shortstop was misplayed.

In the last of the 12th Hartford put runners at second and third with only one out after a single and a double, respectively. Drew Palmer was thrown out trying to score from third on a ground ball by Tom Kluck.

Flame shortstop Derek Hall’s throw to catcher Mike Daly resulted in the putout of Palmer. Cain retired the next batter on a fly ball which ended the game.

“It was a really good baseball game by both teams. This is a huge win,” said Flame manager Rick Meyer.

Hall was the Flames’ starting pitcher and threw 9-2/3 strong innings and escaped several jams. Hartford scored twice in the ninth to tie the game, 2-2, and had runners on first and second but Hall fanned two straight batters to end the frame.

Hall allowed two earned runs on 12 hits with nine strikeouts and only three walks.

Cain picked up the win with 2-1/3 scoreless innings. He allowed three hits, walked none and fanned one.

“Derek pitched very good. His control was crucial. His curve worked well. Zac had a real good [pitching] performance,” said Meyer.

Hartford outhit the Flames 15-11 but stranded 16 baserunners compared to Plymouth’s 11.

The Flames took a 2-0 lead in the sixth on Tyler Betry’s RBI single and Jake Steinhardt’s fielder’s choice.

Jackson Pahl led Plymouth in hits with three. Hall, Cain and Matt Olig cracked two hits each.

Joe Seegers, Griffin Lukes and Brent Williams led the Hawks in hits with three each.

Hartford starting hurler Brody Marks had 12 strikeouts and no walks in 11 frames and had a no decision. Seegers took the loss in relief.


Cain pitched eight strong innings and Tyler Betry collected three hits to lead the Flames past the Twins (0-9 in the division).

Cain started and gave up two runs (one earned) on nine hits with no walks and six strikeouts.

“Zac did a another nice job. He threw strikes and got his curveball over nicely,” said Meyer.

Betry’s two-run single in the bottom of the fifth gave Plymouth a 4-1 lead.

Betry and Cain paced the Flames in RBIs with two each. Cain also delivered two hits.

“It was a nice job by the team. We had good defensive plays when we needed them,” Meyer noted.

Plymouth’s infield turned two double plays.

Eric Wade, Ryan Worm and Zach Prideaux led the Twins at the plate with two hits each.

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