A bases loaded walk in the ninth inning gave Gaylord’s Islanders their first win of the season Sunday as they tripped Winthrop 5-4 in River Valley League play at Walsh Field.
Mike Walsh’s Gaylord club trailed 4-3 entering the ninth. A walk, a hit batter and an error enabled the Islanders to tie the game. The winning run would eventually score when Zach Borchert drew a bases loaded walk.
“It was nice to comeback and get the win,” manager Walsh said. “We had a few guys who really hit the ball well and our defense was solid. But, to continue to compete in this league, we need a better offensive effort as a team.”
Trevor Vaubel led Gaylord in the win with three hits and three RBI’s. William Paine and Collin Grams belted two hits apiece for the winners.
Dan Anderson would give Winthrop an early lead with a solo home run in the first inning.
Vaubel would then put Gaylord on top by a run. In the second inning, he ripped a single plating Grams and Borchert.
Winthrop would regain the lead in the seventh frame. A two run double by James Panning put the Eagles on top 3-2. They would add another run in the eighth frame.
Vaubel picked up another hit and another RBI in the bottom of the eighth. His double scored Grams who reached on a walk.
Gaylord’s game winning rally in the ninth started with a Brian Winter walk. Paine was then hit by a pitch and Chris Severin was safe when his sacrifice bunt was misplayed by the Eagles catcher. The throwing error scored the tying run and Winthrop, with no outs on the board, opted to load the bases by walking Sam Myhro. Borchert then recorded the game winning RBI with a walk.
Severin pitched the ninth inning for Gaylord and would get the mound victory. He allowed one hit and struckout one.
Joey Barr started for the Islanders and yielded three earned runs on five hits in eight innings of work. The righthander struckout six.
Gaylord, 1-5, will host Fairfax on Friday. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m.
Gaylord 8 Brownton 11
A disastrous eighth inning cost Gaylord a victory Wednesday. The Islanders watched a four run lead disappear in an 11-8 setback to visiting Brownton.
Although they recorded but two hits, the Islanders managed a 4-0 lead after five innings of play. Justin Rettmann highlighted early offensive action for Gaylord with a two run double in the second inning. Collin Grams meanwhile scored two runs and reached safely in his first three at-bats.
Behind the pitching of Trevor Vaubel, Gaylord would carry a 4-0 advantage into the eighth frame. But, Brownton would quickly turn the tide as the Bruins blasted the relief pitching for the Islanders.
Brownton plated eleven runs on seven hits in the eighth inning. Four walks also fueled a rally in which the Bruins had 13 plate appearances.
Gaylord also had an eighth inning rally but they could not completely erase the seven run deficit. The Islanders scored four runs on two hits in the at-bat. Vaubel highlighted the scoring with a two run single.
Rettmann and Vaubel led all Gaylord hitters on the night with three RBI’s apiece.
Vaubel yielded but three hits in seven shutout innings. He struckout seven.
Brian Winter suffered the mound loss allowing 11 runs on five hits. He walked four. Chris Severin blanked Brownton over the final 1-1/3 innings.
Gaylord 8 Henderson 9
Gaylord gave up a run in the eleventh inning Friday and fell to Henderson 9-8 in a non-league tilt at Walsh Field.
Henderson struck first with five runs on four hits in the fourth inning. The Tigers would stretch their lead to 8-0 in the sixth frame.
Gaylord reached the scoreboard in the bottom of the sixth. Doubles by Brian Winter and Trevor Vaubel fueled a five run rally for the Islanders.
Doubles by Josh Gasow and Jon Waltz enabled Gaylord to knot the game at 8-8 in the eighth inning but Henderson would eventually plate the game winner in the eleventh frame.
Britt Vaubel was tagged with the mound loss. He gave up four runs on six hits in six innings of work.
William Paine was the starting pitcher for Gaylord. He yielded five runs on six hits. Paine struckout eight.