A sixth inning rally wasn’t enough for Gaylord’s Islanders Sunday. They fell to Prior Lake 5-3 in River Valley League action at Walsh Field.
Mike Walsh’s Islanders were held hitless until the sixth frame when they rallied for three runs on four hits. But, they managed only one single down the stretch and could not catch Prior Lake.
Gaylord, without recording a hit, threatened to take an early lead in the first inning. Brad Walsh drew a two out walk and stole his way into scoring position. But, he was later thrown out at home plate.
A leadoff double produced a run for Prior Lake in the top of the second frame. The visitors would pick up two more in the fifth frame and one in the sixth.
Justin Rettmann then sparked the Gaylord rally in the bottom of the sixth inning. His double scored Collin Grams for Gaylord’s first run of the season. Brad Walsh and Trevor Vaubel followed with basehits. Vaubel’s single scored a pair to trim Prior Lake’s lead to 4-3.
Another leadoff double by Prior Lake stretched the margin to 5-3 in the top of the seventh frame and that would prove to be enough. Prior Lake’s relief pitching had little trouble preserving the two run lead as six of Gaylord’s last nine batters struckout.
Jon Waltz recorded his first hit as an Islander and led all Gaylord batters with two singles. Vaubel added a hit and two RBI’s for the Islanders.
Joey Barr was the starting pitcher for Gaylord. He allowed a run on three hits in four innings of work. Barr struckout two.
Vaubel pitched the next four innings allowing four runs on four hits. He struckout six and was hurt by some Gaylord fielding miscues.
“It was an alright start but we made too many fielding mistakes,” Gaylord manager Mike Walsh said. “Solid defense will be crucial to our success this season.”
Gaylord, 0-1, will play at Gibbon on Saturday (3:00) and at Victoria on Sunday (2:00). The next home game for the Islanders is scheduled for May 27th against Brownton.