Good pitching effort not enough for Islanders


A pitching gem thrown by Chris Severin wasn’t enough to get Gaylord’s amateur baseballers a win Sunday. Severin allowed but one run over nine innings only to have the Islanders fall 4-1 in overtime.

It was a career long outing for Severin who scattered six hits in nine-plus innings of work. An unearned run in the seventh inning kept Severin from recording his first career shutout.

“Chris has pitched really well all year and it continued Sunday,” Gaylord manager Mike Walsh said. “It’s just too bad we couldn’t get him the win. Our bats will need to come to life if we are going to have any success in the playoffs.”

Gaylord threatened to score in the first and third innings only to strand runners in scoring position. The Islanders did break through in the fourth frame. Brad Walsh opened the inning with a single and scored on a basehit by Josh Gasow.

Le Sueur would knot the score at 1-1 in the seventh stanza. Brandon Colbert stroked a two out triple that was followed by a pair of Gaylord fielding errors.

The Islanders advanced a runner to second base in the eighth inning but otherwise had little offensive success down the stretch.

Le Sueur meanwhile would steal the victory in the tenth frame scoring three runs without recording a hit. Two errors and two free passes would fuel the game winning rally for the Braves.

Severin was tagged with the mound loss. William Paine pitched the tenth inning for Gaylord and yielded two runs.

Walsh led the Islanders’ seven-hit attack with two singles. He also scored a run and had a sacrifice bunt.

Gaylord, 3-20, will open postseason play Wednesday (tonight) at Fairfax. For more information on the playoffs, see article and tournament bracket on this page.

Gaylord 0 Arlington 10
Arlington ace Joe Lucas hurled a one-hitter Friday to lead the A’s past visiting Gaylord 10-0 in a seven inning River Valley tilt.

Lucas was but one out away from a perfect game when Gaylord’s Brad Walsh laced a double in the seventh frame. But, the righthander completed the shutout and finished the night with ten strikeouts.

Arlington would score all the runs it would prove to need in the first inning. Brett Pioske tripled and Jacob Lucas doubled to fuel a three run rally for the A’s.

Pioske knocked in another run in the fifth inning. Arlington then stretched its lead to double digits with a six run, sixth inning at-bat. Joe Lucas highlighted that rally with a two run single.

Tim Young started on the mound for Gaylord. He allowed seven runs on eight hits. Young struckout two in five innings of work.

Brian Winter pitched the sixth frame for the Islanders and allowed three runs on three hits.

Gaylord 2 Mankato 9
It was another shaky offensive effort for Gaylord’s Islanders last Tuesday as they fell to host Mankato 9-2.

Gaylord managed only three hits in the setback, all of which were singles.

Three of the hits for the Islanders came in a two run, third inning. Justin Rettmann and Brian Winter stroked back-to-back hits. Both players would later score on a single by Trevor Vaubel.

Mankato bounced back with nine unanswered runs. Two hits and two walks fueled a three run rally in the bottom of the third frame. Mankato would add runs in three of its final four at-bats.

Joey Barr pitched the first five innings for Gaylord and allowed five runs on six hits. Barr struckout seven.

Chris Severin pitched in relief for the Islanders. He allowed four runs on seven hits.

Gaylord will open playoffs at Fairfax
Nothing to lose. That may be the attitude for Gaylord’s Islanders as they begin postseason play Wednesday (tonight) at Fairfax. Game time is set for 7:30.

It has been a rebuilding summer for the Islanders who finished the regular season with three wins.

Gaylord is the fifth seed in the River Valley League West Playoffs. Fairfax, which beat the Islanders twice during the regular season, is the fourth seed.

Other teams in the field include top seed Arlington, St. Peter and Winthrop. A double elimination tournament will be played with the top two teams advancing to the region.