Posted: Tuesday, April 10th 2012 at 8:30am
Baseball: Gainesville explodes for 23 runs in two innings to beat Johnson
Gainesville's Sims Griffith, right, celebrates with teammate Skyler Weber in a game played earlier this season.
OAKWOOD -- Gainesville showed again on Monday that it only needs one inning to turn a game -- with two innings it can downright dominate.
After being held in check by Johnson for much of the first three frames, the Red Elephants exploded for 23 runs over the fourth and fifth innings en route to a 24-5 win in Oakwood.
The Red Elephants (18-0, 13-0 Region 8-AAA) took control of a 1-1 ballgame with seven runs in the top of the fourth and then exploded for 16 more in the fifth.
It was a storming finish for the visitors after Johnson (10-9, 7-7) had pulled ahead 1-0 in the first on a solo shot home run from Chris White. The blast was the start of an outstanding outing for White, who also homered in the fifth and finished with three RBIs, going 2-for-3.
But the Red Elephants’ bats drowned out the effort, racking up 12 hits and 21 RBIs, including eight walks from Knights pitching.
Ryan Griffith, Michael Gettys and Luke Moore each belted home runs for Gainesville, including a grand slam each for Griffith and Gettys -- Griffith’s four-run shot putting the Red Elephants in firm control at 8-1 in the fourth inning. Griffith and Gettys -- whose grand slam came in the fifth -- each racked up five RBIs.
Hunter Anglin also had a strong outing, leading Gainesville with a 3-for-4 performance that included a double and two RBIs, while Moore had two hits and two runs driven in.
Gettys earned the win on the mound for Gainesville, pitching a complete game and allowing nine hits and three earned runs, while striking out eight.
The Red Elephants trailed until the top of the third when Moore knotted the score with a solo home run to left field. One inning later Caleb Whitenton put Gainesville in front 3-1 on a single to centerfield, scoring Anglin and David Gonzalez. The run started an avalanche for the Red Elephants offense.
Mikey Gonzalez scored on an error for a 4-1 lead before Griffith stamped the Red Elephants’ authority on the game in the fourth, smacking a home run that also plated Moore, Sims Griffith and Skyler Weber.
Gainesville tightened its grip on the contest in the fifth, scoring three more runs on two errors in the top of the fifth. From there, the Red Elephants ran away with the contest, piling on 16 runs in the frame, including Gettys’ grand slam.
Sims Griffith also finished with two hits and an RBI for the Red Elephants, while Weber, David Gonzalez, Jacob McConnell, Drew Satterfield and Drew Wright also drove in runs.
Meanwhile, Johnson’s Win Griffith and Jordan Green also drove in runs for the Knights. Adam White finished 2-for-2 from the plate, while Trae Wilson went 2-for-3. A.J. Benefield and Brandon Adams also had hits in the loss.
Gainesville will look to keep rolling on Wednesday when it plays host to West Hall. Johnson, meanwhile, will look to bounce back on Friday when the Knights play host to Franklin County. Johnson has lost four of its last five and is battling for the second place spot in Region 8B-AAA.
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