Posted: Wednesday, April 14th 2010 at 9:08pm
Baseball: Gainesville routs War Eagles
By Jeff Hart Staff
GAINESVILLE – Even after a dominating 20-5, four-inning victory over Chestatee Wednesday, Gainesville baseball coach Jeremy Kemp said nothing comes easy for his team.
“We were down 3-0 right out of the gate. We didn’t show up at the beginning and they took advantage of our sloppy play,” he said. “That’s something we’re going to address.”
But despite the slow start and early deficit, the Elephants (17-1, 12-0 in Region 7B-AAA) used their potent attack to pummel five Chestatee pitchers for 15 hits, highlighted by four home runs, two from Hunter Anglin.
Gainesville, which ran its win streak to 16, also took advantage of nine Chestatee errors, including five in a 10-run third to break the game open. The Elephants also set a new school record for stolen bases with six in the game, giving them 85 on the season.
After Chestatee took the early lead on a two-run double by Kevin Clifford, Gainesville responded with two runs in the first and then four in the second, highlighted by a solo home run from Anglin. The War Eagles closed the gap to 6-5 in the third but things fell apart in the bottom of the inning.
Nine straight Elephants reached base to begin the inning, which was eventually capped by a two-run home run from Anglin to push the lead to 16-5. In the big inning, Will Maddox had a two-run single, Sloan Strickland had a two-run double, and Ryan Griffith had an RBI double for Gainesville.
Gainesville put the game away in the fourth on a pair of pinch-hit home runs from Jimmy Kemp and Dallas DeFoor, a two-run shot, and a bases loaded single from Daniel Wellborn sealed the win.
David Gonzalez earned the win for Gainesville allowing just two earned runs on seven hits while fanning five.
Kemp said his team is starting to show how good it can be.
“I don’t think we’ve reached our potential yet,” Kemp said. “But I think we’re showing that we can pitch, hit, and play defense. We’re getting a little better each game and if we continue to do that, who knows what can happen.”
For Chestatee, James Kibbler had two hits and one RBI and Zack Sisk had one hit.
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