Over-35 Senior League baseball is returning to Walsh Field on Friday and so are a pair of Former Gaylord Islanders.
Doug and Randy Walsh will play for the Eden Prairie Lions Tap team which will face the Searles Bullheads in Gaylord on June 11th. The Senior River Valley League game is set to start at 7:35 p.m.
The Walsh connection and Mike Max have played the past few seasons for the Lions Tap squad. Doug Walsh, an infielder, is the early season hitting leader for the Tap which is unbeaten in three games. Randy Walsh is one of the squad’s top pitchers. Max is on the roster again this season but work commitments have kept him out of the lineup. He is not expected to play on Friday.
The Bullheads meanwhile are the winningest Senior team in the State over the last five seasons. They have relocated from Hanska to nearby Searles this year.
Former major-leaguer Terry Steinbach is on the Bullheads roster. His brother Tom is co-manager for the Searles team and is also the squad’s leading hitter.
The Bullheads added a little pop to their lineup this season with the addition of Gaylord native Marc Max. The 1988 graduate of Gaylord High School reported Tuesday that he has another commitment and will not be able to play in Friday’s game.
The Searles team has won three of the last five Senior State Championships. They fell to St. Peter in the finals last year. The Eden Prairie team defeated St. Peter in regular season play last year. Doug Walsh knocked in the game-tying run with a double, then delivered the winning run via a suicide squeeze.