Gaylord’s amateur baseballers saw their season end Friday with a 7-3 loss to Arlington in Carver Central League playoff action at Walsh Field.
Mike Walsh’s Islanders failed to mount any rallies against Arlington and its pitcher Paul Pichelmann. The winning hurler allowed but six hits, half of which came in Gaylord’s final at-bat.
Pichelmann struckout six Islanders enroute to the victory but also walked six. Gaylord couldn’t take advantage of the free passes. The Islanders left runners on base in all but one inning. They stranded a total of eleven baserunners on the night.
Gaylord pitchers meanwhile walked a dozen batters on the night and Arlington didn’t let the free passes go to waste.
A’s leadoff hitter Craig Dose opened the game by reaching on a walk. It would prove to be the start of a three run rally for Arlington.
Pichelmann helped his own cause in the first frame. His two out single gave the A’s an early 3-0 advantage.
Gaylord made it a 3-1 contest in the third inning. Tim Kuphal led off with a bloop single into right field. He eventually scored on a groundball out of the bat of Tim Nesvig.
Back-to-back walks produced another three run at-bat for Arlington in the fifth inning. Scott Dose and Jesse Soeffker recorded the free passes while Pichelmann stroked his third single of the night. Chad Dose added a two run single in the rally as the A’s garnered a comfortable 6-1 advantage.
Another free pass produced Arlington’s final run of the night. Pichelmann was hit by a pitch to open the seventh inning for the A’s. He moved around after another walk and a single by Brett Pioske.
Gaylord tried to scratch its way back into the contest in the ninth inning. Collin Grams and Tim Nesvig reached base by stroking singles. Both players would score on a base hit by Matt Nesvig. That would make it a 7-3 contest but the Islanders could get no closer.
Gaylord’s Darin Hendley was tagged with the mound loss. He allowed three runs on three hits in but two innings of work.
Tim Nesvig shutout Arlington over the next two frames. He was charged with allowing one hit and walking two A’s.
Paul Mages took over on the mound for Gaylord in the fifth frame but failed to get out of the inning. He yielded three runs on two singles and two walks.
Josh Gasow worked the next 2-2/3 innings for Gaylord. The righthander allowed one run on one hit. Gasow walked four and hit a batter.
Tim Kuphal pitched the final two frames for the Islanders. He allowed three walks but did not give up a run.
Grams was Gaylord’s top offensive player on the night. He charted two hits and four at-bats and scored a run.
Matt Nesvig added two hits and two RBI’s for the Islanders.
Gaylord finishes the season with an 8-16 record. Arlington meanwhile advances to the section tournament as the Carver Central League “White” division runnerup. The A’s fell to Le Sueur 9-8 Saturday in the league championship game.