A spectacular fourth inning at-bat wasn’t enough for Gaylord’s Islanders on Sunday as they fell to host Winthrop 11-8 in River Valley League play.
Mike Walsh’s Gaylord squad scored all seven of its runs in the fourth frame. Collin Grams highlighted the burst with a three run home run while Brad Walsh, Tyler Gasow and Chris Severin added doubles in the rally.
The fourth inning flurry put Gaylord on top 7-4. But, Winthrop answered with a run in the bottom of the fourth, then regained the lead for good with a six run fifth inning.
“We had a great fourth inning but couldn’t keep the momentum,” manager Walsh said. “To get on track, we are going to have to be more consistent both offensively and defensively.”
Five hits, including a double, enabled the Eagles to jump off to a 4-0 lead after two innings of play.
The Islanders broke out in the fourth frame when they batted around the order. Walsh started the rally with a single and hit a double in his second at-bat of the frame. Gaylord rattled off six straight hits in the burst, all capped by Grams’ round-tripper. Other Gaylord players who recorded hits in the rally included Trevor Vaubel, Josh Gasow, Brian Winter, Tyler Gasow, Sam Myhro and Severin.
Two walks and two hits would produce a run for Winthrop in the bottom of the fourth. More free passes would then fuel the Eagles’ offense in the fifth frame. Winthrop scored six times on but one hit in the inning.
Gaylord picked up its final run in the ninth inning. Walsh continued his solid slugging day with a triple and scored on Vaubel’s sacrifice fly.
Walsh finished the game with four hits including two doubles and a triple. Josh Gasow and Severin added two hits apiece for Gaylord.
Tim Young started on the mound for the Islanders. He yielded eleven runs on nine hits in 5-1/3 innings of work. Brian Winter and Ramon Vazquez pitched in relief for Gaylord.
The Islanders, 1-12, will host Chaska on Wednesday (tonight) at Walsh Field. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m. On Friday, Gaylord’s Baseball Association will host its annual hog roast event at Walsh Field. The Islanders will play Arlington that evening beginning at 7:30.
Gaylord 0 Fairfax 10
Highlights were few and far between for Gaylord’s Islanders on Friday. They were upended by host Fairfax 10-0 in a seven inning River Valley League tilt.
Four hits were all the Islanders could manage off Fairfax hurler Mark Yrjo. The righthander pitched all seven innings. He struckout seven and walked two.
Fairfax’s offense meanwhile cranked out ten hits. The Cardinals’ offense was also fueled by six walks.
It was the Fairfax bats breaking the game open in the second inning. The home team cranked out six runs on five hits. Cody Loverude sparked the Cardinals with a home run while Adam Buboltz belted a double.
Fairfax picked up two more runs in the third frame and two more in its sixth inning at-bat.
Gaylord’s best scoring opportunity came in the third inning. Joey Barr singled and Collin Grams walked. They moved into scoring position on a wild pitch but Yrjo kept his shutout intact with a strikeout.
Brian Winter led all Islanders with a double while Barr, Brad Walsh and Jon Waltz recorded singles.
Barr suffered the mound loss. He allowed eight runs on six hits in three innings of work. Barr struckout one and walked three.
William Paine pitched the final three innings for Gaylord and yielded two runs on four hits. Paine fanned two Fairfax batters.