Islanders close out regular season with three setbacks


A chance to move up a spot for the playoffs slipped away from the Islanders this past week. Gaylord’s amateur baseballers closed out their regular season with losses to Belle Plaine, Waconia and Winthrop.

Gaylord, 6-18, is the fourth seed for the River Valley League west playoffs. The Islanders will host #5 Fairfax in opening round action Wednesday at Walsh Field.

One win last week would have given Gaylord the #3 seed. Winthrop is now #3 while Arlington and St. Peter are #1 and #2 respectively.

For more on the River Valley League west playoffs, see bracket on this page.

Gaylord 5 Winthrop 6
Gaylord yielded two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning Sunday and fell to host Winthrop 6-5.

A four run rally in the sixth inning gave the Islanders a 4-2 advantage. Jon Waltz highlighted the at-bat with a double while Justin Rettmann delivered a two run single.

Gaylord added a run in the seventh frame to make it a 5-3 contest but the purple couldn’t close the door on the Eagles.

Winthrop, on four walks, scored one run in the eighth frame. Two singles and an error then gave the home team the victory in the ninth inning.

Brian Winter pitched the first five innings for Gaylord and allowed three unearned runs on three hits. Winter struckout six and walked six.

Tim Young pitched the final three innings. He struckout three and walked five.

Gaylord 1 Waconia 4
Islanders’ manager Mike Walsh said his club hit the ball hard Friday but had little to show for it in a 4-1 setback at Waconia.

Brad Walsh produced the lone run for Gaylord as he smashed one over the fence in the sixth inning.

Waconia meanwhile picked up single runs in each the first and fourth innings. The home team closed out the scoring with a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth frame.

Walsh was the losing pitcher allowing three earned runs on five hits in seven innings. He struckout five and walked seven.

Relief pitcher Brian Winter hurled a scoreless eighth inning for Gaylord.

Gaylord 5 Belle Plaine 14
Gaylord couldn’t put the brakes on Belle Plaine’s offense last Tuesday. The Islanders were on the short end of a 14-5 decision at Walsh Field.

Belle Plaine came out swinging and would score runs in six of its nine at-bats. The visitors tagged Gaylord pitching for 17 hits including five doubles and a home run.

Collin Grams led Gaylord’s eleven hit attack with a home run, a double and two singles. Paul Mages added a pair of doubles for the Islanders.

Trevor Vaubel was the starting pitcher for the Islanders. He yielded ten runs on eleven hits in 3-1/3 innings. Jake Pichelmann and William Paine pitched in relief for the Islanders.