A dandy defensive performance led Gaylord’s amateur baseballers to victory Sunday at Walsh Field. The Islanders led from start to finish in a 5-2 non-league victory over Bird Island.
Gaylord pitchers scattered eight hits and the Islanders committed but one error in the win.
Tim Young started for Gaylord and earned the mound victory. He shutout Bird Island in six innings of work. Young allowed six hits, struckout two, and walked three.
Jordan Berg pitched the seventh and eighth innings for Gaylord and allowed two runs on two hits. William Paine hurled the final inning and struckout two of the three batters he faced.
Gaylord jumped off to a 2-0 advantage with single runs in each the first and second innings. Trevor Vaubel and Joey Barr highlighted the first two at-bats for the Islanders with doubles.
Three singles and a pair of stolen bases sparked a three run rally for Gaylord in the fourth frame. Sam Myhro fueled the rally with a two run basehit. Brit Vaubel and Chris Severin also slapped singles as the Islanders stretched their lead to 5-0.
The five run cushion would prove to be more than enough for the Islanders’ defense which foiled several Bird Island scoring opportunities through the first six innings. Singles and Gaylord errors enabled Bird Island to break through with runs in the seventh and eighth innings. But, stranded baserunners would prevent the visitors from getting any closer.
Trevor Vaubel and Brian Winter led Gaylord’s offense in the win with two hits apiece. Sam Myhro knocked in two runs for the winners.
The Islanders, 3-17, will play at Mankato on Wednesday (tonight) and at Arlington on Friday. Both games are scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m.
Gaylord will cap its regular season by hosting Le Sueur on Sunday, July 19th. That contest will begin at 6:00 p.m.
Gaylord 1 Shakopee 10
Highlights were few and far between for Gaylord’s Islanders last Tuesday as they lost 10-1 in River Valley League play at Shakopee.
The Shakopee Indians scored runs in six of its eight at-bats. They rallied for multiple runs in three innings.
Gaylord’s lone run came in the sixth inning. Brad Walsh reached on an error and moved up on Trevor Vaubel’s single. Walsh later scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Brian Winter.
The Islanders had seven hits in the setback. Leadoff hitter Collin Grams led the charge with three hits including a double. Winter added one hit and one RBI for the Islanders.