Islanders pick up wins over Fairfax and St. Peter


It was a winning week for the Islanders. Gaylord’s amateur baseballers picked up victories over Fairfax and St. Peter.

Gaylord, 4-12, will host Arlington on Wednesday (tonight) at 7:30. This game was originally scheduled for June 25th but was postponed due to inclement weather.

The Islanders will play at Prior Lake on Thursday.

Gaylord 9 St. Peter 4
A season best 19 hits led Mike Walsh’s Gaylord club to victory Sunday. The Islanders overcame an early deficit to defeat St. Peter 9-4 in River Valley League play at Walsh Field.

Two hits an error and a walk enabled St. Peter to take a 2-0 advantage in the first inning. The visitors would stretch the margin to 4-0 with single runs in each the second and third frames.

Gaylord would cut the lead to 4-2 in the bottom of the third inning. Josh Gasow and Brad Walsh opened the at-bat with consecutive singles. Both would later score on a hit by Zach Borchert.

The Islanders then rallied for five runs in the fourth inning. Brian Winter highlighted the burst with a two run single. Other Gaylord players recording hits in the rally included Justin Rettmann, Paul Mages and Jon Waltz. The Islanders sent ten batters to the plate in the fourth inning flurry.

The 7-4 lead would prove to be more than enough for Gaylord’s pitching and its defense. Winter blanked St. Peter over the final 5-2/3 innings. He allowed but four hits in that span.

Gaylord would add a pair of insurance runs in the eighth inning. Mages and Winter opened that at-bat with consecutive singles. Borchert then delivered another two run basehit to put the purple on top 9-4.

Borchert led all Gaylord hitters in the win with three hits and a season high five RBI’s. Mages also charted three singles for the winners. Five Islanders had two hits including Rettmann, Gasow, Walsh, Winter and Tim Young.

Gasow was the starting pitcher for Gaylord. The righthander allowed two earned runs on four hits in 3-1/3 innings. Gasow struckout five and walked four.

Winter would shut down St. Peter the rest of the way. He struckout four.

Gaylord 5 Fairfax 1
A pitching gem by Trevor Vaubel led Gaylord’s Islanders to victory last Tuesday as they knocked off visiting Fairfax 5-1 at Walsh Field.

Vaubel yielded but five hits in earning the complete game victory. The righthander struckout five and walked one. And the lone run for Fairfax was unearned.

“We needed a good pitching performance and Trevor delivered,” Islanders manager Mike Walsh said. “He is one of our most consistent players and has become a player we can count on.”

An error, a hit batter and a basehit enabled Fairfax to grab a 1-0 lead in the third inning. But, the Cardinals would get no more and Vaubel set them down in order in four of the final six innings.

Gaylord would knot the game at 1-1 in the fourth frame. Brad Walsh reached on a fielder’s choice and eventually scored when Paul Mages stroked a two out basehit.

Mages led off the seventh inning with a single which proved to be the start of a two run at-bat for the Islanders. Jake Pichelmann would later deliver the game winning hit. His double plated Mages and Brian Winter.

Gaylord picked up two more runs in the eighth inning. That at-bat started with walks to Collin Grams and Vaubel. Mages then added his third single of the night while Winter added a sacrifice fly.

Winter led all Islanders with three hits. Pichelmann led Gaylord with two RBI’s.