It was a split for Gaylord’s amateur baseballers last week. The Islanders won one of two games in River Valley League playoff action.
A dandy pitching performance by Brad Walsh gave Gaylord a victory at Fairfax on Wednesday. But, the Islanders couldn’t keep pace with top seed Arlington on Friday.
Gaylord returned to Fairfax on Tuesday (last night) in an elimination game. The winner will play at Winthrop on Thursday.
Arlington is unbeaten in playoff action while St. Peter has been eliminated. Two of the teams will advance to region play. For more information on the tournament, see bracket below.
Gaylord 4 Fairfax 2
The third time was a charm. After falling twice to Fairfax during the regular season, Gaylord’s Islanders used a fourth inning flurry and a strong pitching performance to post a 4-2 victory over the Cardinals in the opening round of the playoffs.
Brad Walsh pitched a complete game for the Islanders enroute to the mound victory. The righthander allowed but five hits while striking out ten.
A walk, a fielding error and a single would enable Fairfax to plate a run off Walsh in the first inning. But, scoring opportunities would be few and far between for the Cardinals the rest of the way.
Gaylord reached the scoreboard in the fourth inning and the rally proved to the difference in the game. Walks issued to Brian Winter and Josh Gasow kicked off the offensive flurry. Jon Waltz and Brit Vaubel then followed with singles. Three more walks and a fielder’s choice would eventually put the purple on top 4-1. Gaylord batted around the order in the inning and the rally forced a Fairfax pitching change.
Fairfax reliever Mike Yrjo blanked Gaylord over the last five innings but his effort was nearly matched by Walsh.
In innings five, six and seven, Walsh did not allow a baserunner to get into scoring position. Fairfax did make it a 4-2 game with a run in the eighth inning but the home team could get no more. Walsh capped his first complete game by retiring Fairfax in order in the ninth inning.
Waltz highlighted offensive action for the Islanders with two hits and an RBI.
Gaylord 1 Arlington 11
Top seed Arlington lived up to its billing Friday. The A’s, on their home field, galloped to an 11-1 win over the fifth-seeded Gaylord Islanders.
Arlington broke the game open in the third inning with a seven run rally. Scott Dose highlighted the eight-hit flurry with a double and a run scored. Joe Lucas meanwhile had two singles in the rally as Arlington sent a dozen batters to the plate.
Fourth inning singles by Brett Pioske and Nate Hartmann produced another run for the A’s before Gaylord reached the scoreboard.
The lone run for the Islanders came in the fifth frame. Jon Waltz reached on a fielder’s choice and scored on an Arlington fielding error.
Arlington stretched its lead to double digits with a three run sixth inning. Pioske, Jake Lucas and Hartmann all scored for the A’s.
The Islanders failed to extend the game in the top of the seventh as they were retired in order.
Gaylord’s Justin Rettmann was tagged with the mound loss. He allowed seven runs on six hits in 2-1/3 innings of work.
Collin Grams pitched in relief for Gaylord. He allowed four runs on seven hits.