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Athlete of the Week: Gainesville's Hunter Anglin

Sophomore went 2-0 on the mound and hit two home runs last week

POSTED: April 18, 2011 8:10 p.m.

Athlete of the Week

Gainesville High sophomore pitcher Hunter Anglin is The Times' Athlete of the Week

When a team is in the midst of a playoff hunt, its most important players have to play their best.

For Gainesville last week, that player was Hunter Anglin.

Going into last week, the Red Elephants (17-3, 15-3 Region 8-AAA) were a half-game back of first place White County in Region 8-AAA. After wins over West Hall, Franklin County and Lumpkin County, Gainesville entered this week in a three-way tie with White County and North Hall for the top spot.

Anglin earned two wins on the mound, while hitting two home runs, driving in five runs, and accounting for four runs scored in three games last week for Gainesville.

For his efforts, Anglin is The Times Athlete of the Week.

Although only a sophomore, Anglin (5-0) is no stranger to pressure baseball. Last season as a freshman, Anglin went 10-2, including wins in the first two rounds of the state tournament.

The 5-foot-9 pitcher gives his grandparents credit for helping him handle pressure.

"They've always taught me the right way to handle pressure," Anglin said. "Just don't let it go to your head, stay calm and cool, it's just one game."

Not only did Anglin remain "calm and cool" on the mound last week, he was also steady from the plate.

"I've been struggling lately," Anglin said. "But I got hot about this time last year, and I'm starting to get the feel of it again this year."

The Red Elephants are certainly going to need both Anglin's arm and bat if they want to earn the top seed from Region 8-AAA.

As far as his young pitcher goes, Gainesville coach Jeremy Kemp gave a simple, yet telling, statement.

"He's 15-2 in his high school career, and he's only 15-years-old," Kemp said. "That's pretty impressive."

The coach also stated that Anglin was a "pretty good boy, too."

Anglin showed the truth of his words when asked about what Gainesville needs to do going forward to earn the highest seed possible for the state playoffs.

"We want to be No. 1 going into the playoffs," Anglin said. "And to do that, we have to stay together as a team, just have to have each other's back on and off the field and we have to stay out of trouble."

While the sophomore's thoughts are primarily concerned with finishing this season and his final two years of high school baseball, Anglin admitted that he has given thought to playing baseball in college.

"That's my goal, has been since I was little," Anglin said. "Since I can remember, I've wanted to go play college ball at Florida State or Georgia Tech or some place like that."



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