Struggles continued for Gaylord’s Islanders this past week. They local amateur baseballers dropped two more games and they lost another pitcher to an arm injury.
Mike Walsh’s Gaylord squad suffered setbacks to Glencoe and Waconia. In the league loss to Waconia, Islanders’ starting pitcher Brian Winter left the game in the second inning with an injured elbow. Josh Gasow and Trevor Vaubel, who led the Gaylord pitching staff earlier this season, are also on the shelf with arm injuries.
“Its tough to compete when some of your top guys go down with injuries,” Walsh said. “We now need other players to step it up down the stretch and hopefully we can get healthy come playoff time.”
Gaylord, 2-16, played a league game at Shakopee on Tuesday (last night). The Islanders will host Bird Island on Sunday, July 12th. That contest is scheduled to start at 6:00 p.m.
Gaylord 1 Waconia 7
Waconia took an early lead an never looked back Thursday as the visitors tripped Gaylord 7-1 in River Valley League action at Walsh Field.
Gaylord’s starting pitcher Brian Winter struckout two batters in the first inning but a pair of hits and a passed ball allowed Waconia to reach the scoreboard.
The Lakers stretched their lead to 5-0 in the second frame. A four run rally was sparked by two singles and a double. Two walks and a Gaylord error also contributed to the Waconia scoring.
Offensive highlights were few and far between for the Islanders through the first half of the game. Waconia’s Wagner struckout eight batters through the first four frames. He struckout the side in the second inning.
Waconia’s offense meanwhile plated its final two runs in the fourth frame. Two singles and another Gaylord error produced the runs.
The Islanders’ offense picked up the pace down the stretch but the purple and grey would leave runners in scoring position in the fifth, sixth and eighth innings.
Gaylord’s Tim Young would then foil Wagner’s bid for a shutout in the ninth inning. Young’s single plated Tyler Gasow who reached on an error.
Sam Myhro led all Islanders on the night with a pair of basehits.
Winter was tagged with the mound loss allowing five runs on five hits in two innings of work.
Justin Rettmann pitched in relief for Gaylord. The righthander yielded but two runs on two hits in nearly six innings of action. Brad Walsh pitched the final inning for the Islanders and struckout three of the five batters he faced.
Gaylord 3 Glencoe 8
Gaylord couldn’t keep pace with host Glencoe last Tuesday as the Islanders were on the short end of an 8-3 decision.
Glencoe’s Brewers led 7-0 after scoring two runs in the third frame, three in the fourth stanza, and two more in the fifth inning. A pair of doubles highlighted the scoring for the home team. Walks and Gaylord fielding mistakes also contributed to Glencoe’s offensive success.
The Islanders manufactured a run in the sixth inning. Collin Grams reached on a walk, stole second base, then moved to third on a wild pitch. Brad Walsh’s second single of the game would eventually plate Grams.
Gaylord would trim Glencoe’s lead to 7-3 in the top of the seventh frame. Jon Waltz highlighted the two run at-bat with an RBI single. Zach Borchert and Chris Severin scored the runs for Gaylord. Borchert was hit by a pitch while Severin reached on a walk.
A single and a few wild pitches enabled Glencoe to get a run back in the bottom of the seventh frame. That would prove to end the scoring as Gaylord stranded runners in scoring position in the eighth inning.
Walsh highlighted action for Gaylord with two hits and two RBI’s.
Joey Barr was tagged with the mound setback. He allowed five runs on six hits in four innings of work. Severin pitched the next three frames for Gaylord and allowed three runs on four hits. Grams meanwhile pitched a scoreless eighth inning for the Islanders.