Season ends in quick fashion for Islanders


After ending the regular season with two wins, there was reason for optimism for the Gaylord Islanders as they entered post season play.

But, a pair of punchless offensive performances would spoil any chance at a playoff run this year. The Islanders had their season end with losses to Winthrop and Fairfax in River Valley League playoff action.

Gaylord’s season ends with a 7-17 record.

Arlington, with two victories, has advanced to the championship game and has clinched a region berth. Winthrop, Fairfax and St. Peter are also still alive in the River Valley “West” division playoffs.

Gaylord 0 Winthrop 2

Hits were few and far between for Mike Walsh’s Islanders on Wednesday as they fell to Winthrop 2-0 in River Valley “West” division playoff action at Gaylord.

Winthrop pitcher Bill Melius yielded but four singles in nine innings of work. Gaylord batters began to hit Melius better in the late innings but smacked several balls right at Winthrop defenders.

“Our defense and pitching was solid but we just couldn’t get anything going offensively,” said manager Walsh. “We needed a few breaks late in the game but it didn’t happen.”

In a remarkable comeback win last month over the Eagles, Gaylord plated nine runs in two innings. This time around the Islanders only once managed to get a runner in scoring position.

Without recording a hit, Winthrop manufactured the eventual game winning run in the fifth inning. Chad Elston reached when Collin Grams dropped a routine flyball in centerfield. Elston stole second base, moved to third on an error, then scored on a wild pitch.

Elston came through again for Winthrop’s Eagles in the ninth inning. His two-out double put the visitors on top 2-0.

Gaylord’s top scoring chance on the night came in the fourth inning. Paul Mages singled and Brian Rodning reached on an error. But, the lone scoring threat of the night was foiled by an infield flyout.

Trevor Vaubel pitched all nine innings for Gaylord. He allowed seven hits, struckout eleven and walked one.

Jordan Berg led the Islanders offensively with two singles in three at-bats.

Gaylord 2 Fairfax 4

An early two run lead disappeared for Gaylord’s amateur baseballers on Sunday. The Islanders had their season end with a 4-2 setback to host Fairfax in a River Valley “West” division playoff elimination game.

It was a much needed fast start for the Islanders. Collin Grams and Paul Mages both singled and scored in the first inning.

But, that would prove to be the only runs on the day for the Islanders. Gaylord had baserunners in seven of its final eight at-bats but could not produce any more runs.

Fairfax meanwhile knotted the game with a pair of runs in the fourth inning. A two-out double fueled the rally for the Cardinals.

With but one hit, Fairfax plated two more runs in its fifth inning at-bat. A single, two hit batsman and a Gaylord error enabled the Cardinals to go on top 4-0.

Darin Hendley was tagged with the mound loss. The righthander allowed four runs on three hits in five innings. Hendley struckout five and walked two.

Relief pitchers Ian Berg and Josh Gasow blanked Fairfax over the final three innings.

Grams, Mages and Brad Walsh led the Islanders offense with two hits apiece.