A first inning flurry powered Gaylord’s Islanders to victory Sunday. They led from start to finish in a 5-3 victory over St. Peter Sunday in River Valley League play at Walsh Field.
Gaylord opened the game with four straight singles. The first three batters for the Islanders reached on hits and scored.
The super start led to one of the finest games of the season for Gaylord. There were no errors charged to the Islanders in the nine inning contest.
“This was probably the best we’ve played all season,” Gaylord manager Mike Walsh said. “We hit the ball well early, then played solid defense throughout the game. Hopefully this gave the guys some confidence and we can build off this win.”
Patching together four straight hits in the first inning were Islanders Collin Grams, Trevor Vaubel, Brad Walsh and Brian Winter. Jordan Berg added an RBI single later in the inning as Gaylord quickly went on top 3-0.
More hits from the top of the batting order produced another run for Gaylord in the second inning. With one out, Grams singled and stole second base. He would later score on a basehit by Walsh.
A triple and a single enabled St. Peter to reach the scoreboard in the third frame. The visitors also scored single runs in each the sixth and eighth innings.
Gaylord meanwhile picked up its final run in the seventh inning. Vaubel led off the at-bat with a walk and eventually scored on Winter’s second single of the game.
Ramon Vasquez recorded the mound win for Gaylord. He scattered 12 hits over eight innings of work. Vasquez struckout three and walked one.
Walsh closed the game out for the Islanders. He struckout two St. Peter batters enroute to a scoreless ninth inning of work.
Walsh, Winter and Grams led the Gaylord bats with two hits apiece. Walsh and Winter also charted two RBI’s apiece.
Gaylord, 2-14, will host Waconia on Thursday, July 2nd at Walsh Field. That game will start at 7:30 p.m. The Islanders will play at Shakopee on Tuesday, July 7th.
…can’t hold off A’s
Mike Walsh’s Islanders grabbed the early lead Friday but they couldn’t hold off a hot Arlington team. The A’s (14-5) came back to defeat Gaylord 8-4 in River Valley League action at Walsh Field.
The Islanders scored the first three runs of the contest but Arlington’s strong finish proved to be the difference. The A’s plated five runs in their final at-bat.
Gaylord opened the scoring with a run in the third inning. Jon Waltz and Brad Walsh set the table with singles. Waltz would eventually score on a double by Trevor Vaubel.
The Islanders rallied for two runs in the fifth inning. Joey Barr and Collin Grams hit consecutive singles to kick off the at-bat. Both would eventually score on an Arlington error and Gaylord’s lead grew to 3-0. But, the Islanders would leave the bases loaded and the missed opportunities would prove costly.
Arlington bounced back to tie the game in the sixth inning. Singles by Craig Dose and Brett Pioske, and a pair of walks, fueled a three run rally for the A’s.
Both teams moved runners into scoring position in the eighth inning but the score would remain knotted at 3-3.
Five walks then fueled the A’s ninth inning rally. Arlington would score five runs in the frame. Recording hits for the A’s in the rally were Joe Lucas and James Vanbuskirk.
Waltz’s double produced one run for Gaylord in the ninth inning but back-to-back strikeouts would end any comeback hopes for the Islanders.
Brian Winter pitched the first 8-1/3 innings for Gaylord. He allowed five runs on seven hits. Winter struckout two and walked six. Ramon Vasquez pitched in relief. He allowed three runs on three hits while yielding three walks.
Waltz highlighted offensive play for Gaylord with two hits and three RBI’s.
Gaylord 1 Chaska 11
Gaylord’s Islanders proved competitive for a few innings but they could not hold down perennial power Chaska for long. The Cubs rallied through the middle innings enroute to an 11-1 over Gaylord at Walsh Field.
Five hits, including a double, fueled a four run rally for Chaska in the top of the fourth inning. Gaylord, on hits by Brad Walsh and Brian Winter, scored its lone run in the bottom of the frame.
Another double enabled Chaska to extend its lead to 7-1 in the fifth inning. The Cubs then added two runs in the sixth frame, one in the eighth, and two more in the ninth.
Chris Severin was the starting pitcher for Gaylord. He allowed nine runs on 14 hits in eight innings of work. Brad Walsh pitched the ninth inning for the Islanders.