A six run, sixth inning led Gaylord’s Islanders to victory last Tuesday. They scored their first win of the 2010 campaign by tripping Glencoe 10-7 in non-league action at Walsh Field.
The Brewers of Glencoe struck early with a five run, second inning. But, Gaylord proved better down the stretch and the home team closed outscored the visitors 10-1 over the final seven frames.
“It was a nice comeback and nice to get that first win,” Gaylord manager Mike Walsh said. “After the first couple of innings, we played much better both offensively and defensively.”
Seven hits, including back-to-back doubles, enabled Glencoe to jump off to a 6-0 advantage after two innings. But, from that point on Gaylord pitchers Matt Pichelmann and Josh Gasow would stymie the Glencoe offense.
The Islanders offense meanwhile reached the scoreboard with one run in the third inning and two in the fifth frame.
Gaylord then took the lead with its sixth inning surge. The rally started when Paul Mages reached on an error. Gasow followed with a single and Jon Waltz eventually slapped a run scoring basehit. Collin Grams later highlighted the rally with a two run double. Brad Walsh’s single also scored a pair of runs. Gaylord sent eleven batters to the plate in the inning.
Glencoe would get baserunners in its final three at-bats but could only score one run.
A Waltz double and a Brian Winter single in the seventh inning produced the final run of the game for the Islanders.
Pichelmann, an Arlington transplant, recorded the mound victory. He relieved Chris Severin in the third inning and shutout the Brewers through four frames. Pichelmann yielded three hits and struckout four.
Gasow hurled the final three innings for the Islanders and allowed one run on four hits. The righthander fanned four.
Gaylord 6 St. Peter 10
Mike Walsh’s Islanders couldn’t keep pace with host St. Peter on Sunday as they fell 10-6 in River Valley League action.
The St. Peter Saints never trailed in the contest. They scored four runs in the first inning on three hits and two walks.
Singles by Brad Walsh and Jon Waltz, and a pair of St. Peter errors, produced three runs for Gaylord in the third frame. The Islanders then knotted the game at 4-4 in the fourth inning only to have St. Peter answer with three runs in the bottom of the frame.
A few hits and a couple Gaylord errors pushed across three more runs for the Saints. The Islanders, on hits by Walsh, Waltz and Justin Rettmann, scored their final two runs in the seventh inning.
Walsh suffered the mound loss allowing seven runs on five hits in 3-1/3 innings. He struckout five.
Paul Mages pitched the final 4-2/3 innings for Gaylord. He yielded four hits and fanned three.