It was one win, and one game to forget for Gaylord’s Islanders in River Valley League playoff action last week.
Mike Walsh’s Islanders, the fourth seed, defeated #5 Fairfax in opening round action Wednesday. Gaylord was then routed by top seed Arlington on Friday.
The Islanders play an elimination game at Winthrop tonight (Wednesday). The winner advances to play at Arlington on Thursday.
St. Peter is the lone unbeaten team in the tournament so far. The top two finishers advance to region play.
Gaylord 8 Fairfax 3
A fifth inning flurry led Gaylord’s Islanders to victory Wednesday. They scored five times in the fifth frame enroute to an 8-3 win over Fairfax at Walsh Field.
Both teams reached the scoreboard in the second inning. Fairfax plated a run without recording a hit. Gaylord then answered with two runs on singles by Josh Gasow and Trevor Vaubel.
An error, a pair of basehits and a walk enabled the Cardinals to regain the lead in the third inning. They would lead 3-2 until Gaylord broke through in the fifth frame.
Collin Grams would kick off the fifth inning rally for Gaylord. He singled and eventually scored when Gasow blasted a two run triple.
Gaylord would go on to get four more singles and three more runs in the rally. Recording the hits were Vaubel, Brian Winter, Justin Rettmann and McKoy Rodning.
The Islanders’ four run lead would stand over the final four innings. Fairfax had baserunners in each frame but could not dent Gaylord’s lead.
Vaubel was the winning pitcher. He allowed three runs, only one of which was earned, in seven innings of work. Vaubel yielded three hits and struckout six.
Jake Pichelmann pitched two innings of relief for the Islanders. He blanked the Cardinals on two hits and three strikeouts.
Vaubel and Winter led Gaylord offensively with three hits apiece. Winter, Rodning and Gasow combined for six RBI’s.
Gaylord 1 Arlington 12
Fresh off a regular season win over Arlington, Gaylord appeared to be no match for the A’s in post season play. The Islanders fell behind early and lost at Arlington 12-1.
The top-seeded A’s rattled off four runs in the first inning. A pair of errors and hits by Joe Lucas and James Vanbuskirk fueled the early scoring for Arlington.
Arlington would pick up single runs in the second and third innings before putting the game away with a six run rally in the fourth frame. Arlington cranked out five straight singles in the fourth inning.
Gaylord’s lone run came in the sixth inning. Collin Grams reached on a walk and scored on Jon Waltz’s basehit.
Josh Gasow was tagged with the mound loss. He allowed eight earned runs on ten hits in four innings. Gasow struckout two and walked four.
Paul Mages blanked the A’s over the final two innings. He struckout two.