Islanders grab early lead but fall to A’s


An early two run lead disappeared on Gaylord’s Islanders on Friday. They fell to the host Arlington A’s 6-2 in River Valley League action.

A pair of singles and three free passes enabled the Islanders to score two first inning runs. But, they would manage only four hits off Arlington pitchers Joe Lucas and Zac Pauly over the final eight innings of action.

“We got off to a good start but couldn’t keep it going,” Gaylord manager Mike Walsh said. “We need to be more consistent both offensively and defensively.”

Justin Rettmann got the Gaylord bats going with a first inning single. Brad Walsh was then hit by a pitch before Paul Mages drew a walk. With two outs, Brian Winter delivered a two run single to give the Islanders the early advantage.

Arlington would answer quickly, scoring two runs of its own in the bottom of the first frame. Three singles, a walk, and a sacrifice fly produced the runs for the A’s.

Gaylord would retire Arlington’s first two batters in the second inning. But, an error and a single followed and the A’s went on top 3-2.

A Jake Lucas double pushed the Arlington lead to 4-2 in the third frame. The home team would add single runs in each the sixth and seventh frames.

Gaylord’s best scoring chance over the final eight frames came in the seventh. Walsh and Mages opened the at-bat with consecutive singles but that is where the threat ended for the Islanders.

Walsh started for Gaylord and yielded two earned runs over five innings of work. The righthander allowed eight hits, struckout four and walked four.

Mages pitched in relief, allowing a pair of runs on four hits.

Charting hits for Gaylord in the setback were Rettmann, Walsh, Mages, Winter and McKoy Rodning.

A busy week is on tap for Gaylord which is now 1-5. The Islanders host Henderson on Friday and Jordan on Saturday (6:00). The Islanders will then play a pair of games Sunday. They are at Fairfax at 2:00 and at Bird Island for a 6:00 scheduled game.