They proved challenging in each contest but Gaylord’s Islanders fell to St. Patrick and Hanska this past weekend in the first annual Miller High Life Invitational.
The four day amateur baseball tournament was co-hosted by Gaylord and Arlington. Owatonna was crowned champion Sunday after defeating Lamberton in the finals at Arlington. Raymond captured consolation honors. Tate Cummins of Owatonna was named the tournament’s “Most Valuable Player.”
Gaylord, 6-15, will play at Waconia on Friday and at Winthrop on Sunday, July 18th (2:00 p.m.). Post season play is scheduled to begin July 21st.
Gaylord 4 Hanska 5
It was a solid effort but Mike Walsh’s Islanders couldn’t put Hanska away on Saturday. The Islanders gave up three runs in the sixth inning and fell to the 2009 class “C” runnerup 5-4 at Gaylord’s Walsh Field.
Hanska led early. Three hits gave the Lakers a 1-0 advantage in the first inning. They tacked on another run in the third frame.
Gaylord picked up a pair of runs in the second inning. Collin Grams led off the at-bat with a double and scored on Josh Gasow’s basehit. Gasow would then score when Paul Mages slugged the first of his two doubles.
The Islanders’ bats produced three more hits and two more runs in the fifth inning. Mages hit a rare ground rule double as his shot over the centerfielder’s head appeared to hit the warning track and it bounced over the fence. That prevented Trevor Vaubel, who singled, from scoring. But, it wouldn’t matter as Jon Waltz promptly followed with a two run single to put Gaylord on top 4-2.
Starting pitcher Tim Young set down Hanska in order with three infield outs in the bottom of the fifth inning.
The Lakers then managed to rally in the sixth frame. Five singles produced three runs to put Hanska back on top.
The one run lead would stand as Gaylord was set down in order in the seventh frame.
Young was tagged for five runs on nine hits in 6-2/3 innings. The righthander struckout four and walked five.
Vaubel, Mages and Waltz led the Gaylord bats with two hits apiece.
Gaylord 0 St. Patrick 3
St. Patrick ace Bill Dunkar proved too strong for Gaylord’s Islanders on Thursday night. The purple was blanked by St. Patrick 3-0 in an extra inning tournament game at Arlington.
Dunkar and Gaylord’s Brad Walsh were hooked up in a pitcher’s duel through seven innings. Each team managed but two hits apiece in that span.
Gaylord’s McKoy Rodning touched Dunkar for a single in the eighth inning but the hard throwing righthander fanned the other three hitters in the frame.
St. Patrick’s offense meanwhile broke through for three runs in the top of the eighth inning. Two walks and a hit batter helped fuel the rally. St. Patrick also laced a single and double in the at-bat.
Walsh yielded three runs on four hits in eight innings of work. He struckout five and walked six.
Gaylord bats shine in 11-4 win at Chanhassen
A surge of offense propelled Gaylord’s amateur baseballers to victory last Tuesday. The Islanders cranked out 14 hits in an 11-4 league victory at Chanhassen.
Gaylord took command early and scored all of its runs in the first six innings of action. The Islanders produced three runs rallies in each the second and third innings. They added two runs in the fifth and two in the sixth.
Jon Waltz highlighted offensive action for the winners with three hits and two RBI’s. Other Gaylord players knocking in a pair of runs included Justin Rettmann, Collin Grams and Tim Young.
Josh Gasow was the winning pitcher. He allowed four runs on five hits in six innings pitched. Gasow struckout four and walked seven.
Young pitched the final three innings for the winners. He struckout six and allowed but two singles.