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A's bats explode in win against Alpharetta
Zeb Miller (44) is met at home by teammates after his first inning three-run home run during the A’s Thursday evening game at Ivey-Watson Field. - photo by Scott Rogers | The Times
After Wednesday’s dramatic walk-off win in the ninth inning, the Gainesville A’s proved they still had enough to win another one.

The A’s defeated area opponent Alpharetta Post 201 by a score of 12-5 Thursday night at Ivey-Watson Field.

The win is the second in as many days for Gainesville (7-1 Area), but rather than rally and win in dramatic fashion as they did Wednesday, they held the lead the entire game.

"Everybody came out ready to play today," A’s coach Clay Haynes said. "We felt like we were full of energy and full of life today."

The A’s finished the night with 13 total hits.

Zach Bennett was 3-for-5 with a double and two runs and Charlie Newman was 3-for-6 with two runs.

Bucky Free and Will Rowlett also contributed with two hits each.

"There were a number of things that got the offense going tonight," Haynes said. "Overall the guys came out tonight and swung well."

On the mound, the A’s used five different pitchers.

Bobby Wirsing, Matt Pilgrim, Andy Edmondson, Kalen Phillips and Luis Delgado combined to allow seven hits.

"We were trying to get everybody some work tonight," Haynes said. "We have three days off now and we wanted to get our pitching staff some innings."

The A’s took an early lead in the first inning when Zeb Miller’s three-run home run scored Bennett and Cody Ackerman.

Alpharetta didn’t produce a run until the fourth inning, when a fielder’s choice allowed Taylor Stephens to score.

But the A’s countered with two more runs in the bottom half of the same inning when Bennett walked with the bases loaded, scoring Delgado.

Newman then singled to score Ackerman, giving Gainesville a 5-1 lead.

The A’s offense continued to roll in the following innings, using an Alpharetta error to score in the fifth and Delgado’s two-RBI double in the sixth, stretching their lead to 9-1.

Alpharetta finally found their swing in the seventh inning, scoring two runs off Sean Ruane and Justin Deshan’s RBI doubles and an error on Delgado at third base that resulted in two more runs.

Ruane finished the night 2-for-4 and was the only Alpharetta hitter with multiple hits.

Gainesville again produced in the bottom half of the inning with runs of its own when Newman scored on a balk, followed by a wild pitch that allowed Lance Smallwood to score.

Ackerman scored the A’s final run of the game in the eighth inning off another wild pitch, extending their lead to seven.

Pilgrim picked up the win on the mound for the A’s while Kevin McCann earned the loss for Alpharetta.

Gainesville looks to win their third straight when they visit Conyers at 7 p.m. Monday.

"We can’t let up," Haynes said. "We have to keep coming out here with the intensity and desire to win, and if we can do that we’ll be hard team to beat."

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