A fine fifth inning enabled Gaylord’s Islanders to pick up their second win of the season Sunday afternoon. They scored four times in the fifth frame enroute to an 8-5 victory at Fairfax.
Mike Walsh’s Gaylord club cranked out 13 hits in the win. That charge was led by Trevor Vaubel and Brad Walsh who cranked out three hits apiece. McKoy Rodning added two hits and four RBI’s for the winners.
“We were more consistent offensively and that was the difference,” manager Walsh said. “Several players contributed with the bats and that is what we will need to be successful.”
Collin Grams got things going for Gaylord. He opened the game with a triple and promptly scored on Vaubel’s basehit.
Fairfax gained a 2-1 lead in the third inning. Loverude’s homer produced both runs for the Cardinals. A single, wild pitch and sacrifice fly would score another run for the home team in the fourth frame.
Gaylord then bounced back with its big fifth inning at-bat. Consecutive singles by Vaubel, Walsh and Paul Mages sparked the rally. The Islanders would eventually tie the game at 3-3 on an error. Rodning then put the purple on top with a two out, two run single.
A second two run basehit by Rodning stretched Gaylord’s lead to 7-3 in the seventh inning. Eighth inning singles by Grams and Walsh produced the final run of the game for the Islanders.
A trio of basehits enabled Fairfax to trim the margin to 8-5 in the eighth frame but the Cardinals could get no closer.
Walsh was the winning pitcher. He scattered nine hits and allowed three earned runs in nine innings of work. Walsh struckout one and walked four.
Gaylord, 2-8 overall, will host Jordan on Wednesday (tonight). The Islanders will play at Le Sueur on Friday and then host Chaska on Sunday (6:00). Gaylord will host Fairfax on Tuesday, June 22nd.
…lose three other tilts
Gaylord 0 Henderson 7
Henderson pitching stymied Gaylord on Friday as the Islanders were on the short end of a 7-0 River Valley League decision at Walsh Field.
Gaylord managed but seven hits in the setback, six of which came from the bottom half of its batting lineup. The first five hitters in the Islanders’ lineup were a combined 1 for 16.
Henderson would score all the runs it would prove to need in the second inning. A pair of walks and a Matt Nagel triple produced three runs for the Tigers.
Josh Gasow was tagged with the mound loss. The righthander yielded six runs on two hits in three innings. Gasow struckout two and walked five.
Gaylord 0 Bird Island 4
It was a sluggish offensive performance for Gaylord’s Islanders Sunday evening as they lost 4-0 at Bird Island.
Gaylord had four hits in the setback, three of which came in the final three innings. Bird Island meanwhile scored single runs in the first, second, third and fifth innings. A Dollerschell home run highlighted offensive action for home team.
Tim Young pitched for Gaylord and allowed but two earned runs. He gave up four hits in six innings. Young struckout seven.
Gaylord 1 Mankato 5
A sixth inning run was all Gaylord could manage against the Mankato Cubs last Tuesday. The Islanders were on the short end of a 5-1 decision at Walsh Field.
Brad Walsh produced the run for the Islanders. His double scored Collin Grams, knotting the game at 1-1.
Mankato would break the tie with a four run, seventh inning. Three consecutive singles and two errors fueled that rally.
Trevor Vaubel threw the first five innings for Gaylord and allowed but three hits. Vaubel fanned five.
William Paine took the mound loss for Gaylord.