Getting hot at the right time! That appears to be the deal for Winthrop’s amateur baseballers. The Eagles bounced Gaylord and Arlington from the league playoffs last week with convincing victories. And they did so by knocking around a pair of highly-touted pitchers.
A fast start powered Winthrop to an 11-3 victory over the visiting Islanders. The playoff tilt was halted in the first inning due to rain on Tuesday night. It was completed the following evening.
Winthrop rallied for five runs in the first frame. Four of the first five Eagles belted singles. That set the table for Andy Melius who drilled a two out home run to quickly give the home team a 5-0 advantage.
Gaylord starter Brad Walsh would settle down over the next two frames. He set down the Eagles in order and struckout five of the six batters faced.
The Islanders’ offense meanwhile would reach the scoreboard in the top of the third. A pair of errors and two walks fueled the three run rally. Collin Grams recorded the lone hit and eight Islanders batted in the frame.
Gaylord would threaten in the next six innings but couldn’t push anymore runs across. They would strand five runners in scoring position during that stretch.
Winthrop meanwhile would manufacture another rally in the fourth inning. Three hits and three Gaylord errors would enable the Eagles to take a 9-3 advantage.
Melius would close out the scoring for the game. He hit his second home run of the game in the seventh frame. The two-run shot put Winthrop on top 11-3.
Paul Mages led the Islanders in the setback with a single and and a double. Mages led all Gaylord players this season with a .360 batting average.
Grams, Walsh and Justin Rettmann had one hit apiece for the Islanders.
Walsh suffered the mound loss. He allowed seven earned runs on eleven hits in seven innings of work. Walsh struckout 12 and walked two.
Brian Winter pitched a scoreless eighth inning for the Islanders. He yielded one hit.
Gaylord finishes with a 7-20 record. Winthrop meanwhile qualified for regional play by handily defeating top seed Arlington and its ace Joe Lucas on Thursday.