Several scoring chances were squandered for Gaylord’s Islanders on Sunday. They stranded 16 baserunners in a 4-3 loss to Winthrop in season opening action at Gaylord’s Walsh Field.
Gaylord left the bases loaded in a four at-bats including the bottom of the ninth inning. A runner was also picked off of first base in the Islanders’ final at-bat.
“We can’t say we didn’t have our chances,” Gaylord manager Mike Walsh said. “You can’t leave that many guys on base and expect to win a game.”
Winthrop reached the scoreboard in the second inning. Two singles, two walks and a hit batsman produced a pair of runs for the Eagles.
Gaylord would get one run back in the third frame. Justin Rettmann reached on a basehit and eventually scored when Brian Winter drew a bases loaded walk.
The Islanders could do no further damage. They would leave the bases loaded in the third, fourth and seventh innings.
Winthrop also left the bases loaded in the fourth frame. The Eagles would plate their final two runs in the eighth inning. Two singles and two walks enabled the visitors to stretch their lead to 4-1.
Paul Mages then kicked off Gaylord’s ninth inning charge with a leadoff double. Winter then singled only to be caught wandering too far off first base.
Jon Waltz followed Mages’ lead with a run scoring double to make it a 4-2 game. Zach Borchert and Max Eckberg would follow with singles. Eckberg’s two out hit cut the margin to 4-3 but Gaylord would strand the game-tying and winning runs in scoring position.
Mages led all Islanders with three hits including two doubles. He also scored a run. Rettmann added two hits and a run scored for Gaylord.
Chris Severin pitched the first five innings for Gaylord. He allowed two runs on five hits while striking out seven.
Brad Walsh pitched the next three frames. He struckout three and allowed two runs on two hits. Mages pitched a scoreless ninth for Gaylord.
There is more action on tap for Walsh Field this weekend. Gaylord will host Glencoe on Friday (7:30) and Shakopee on Sunday (6:00).