Flames hold off late rally for playoff win

SLINGER – It got a little tight at the end, but the Plymouth Flames held off the Pewaukee Muskies 8-7 July 24.

The Muskies pulled within a run with one out in the top of the seventh when Mike Ruter slammed a three-run home run off reliever Holden Reilly, but Reilly then struck out Nick Bastein and got Ty Greco on a pop up to second to end the rally and seal the win.

The win at Slinger advanced the Flames in the Southeastern Wisconsin Baseball League playoffs. They were at the West Bend Braves Tuesday night in their next playoff match.

“It got a little challenging,” Flames coach Rick Meyer admitted. “We had to sweat it out a little bit, but it all worked out in the end.”

The Flames – meeting the Muskies for only the second time ever – got off to a fast start, putting up three-spots in the first two innings.

Starting pitcher Derek Hall had key hits in both frames, doubling in a run in the first and singling in another in the second.

“Pewaukee has been very strong historically, so it was good to get a jump out early like that,” Meyer said.

“We hit the ball hard early. Up and down the lineup we had a variety of guys who contributed.

The Flames added single runs they ended up needing in the fourth on Mike Daly’s RBI single and in the fifth on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Blake Hall.

In all, the Flames collected five doubles in the game among their nine hits.

Hall led the way with a pair of hits, while catcher Daly also had a pair of runs batted in.

Hall went the first six innings, giving up single runs in the first and third and two in the fourth. He finished with five strikeouts and two walks.

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