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A's crush Alpharetta, stay unbeaten in area
Zeb Miller is all smiles after his two-run homer in the bottom of the second inning to give the lead to the Gainesville A’s over Alpharetta Post 201 during their Monday evening game at Ivey-Watson Field. - photo by Scott Rogers | The Times
The Gainesville A’s are happy to be home.

After finishing third in the Douglasville American Legion Tournament last weekend, the A’s returned to Gainesville and defeated area rival Alpharetta Post 201 by a score of 10-2 on Monday night at Ivey-Watson Field.

The A’s (7-6, 4-0 Area) bats came alive early in the game, with all 10 runs coming off 13 hits in the first five innings.

“Everybody seemed relaxed and ready to play today,” A’s coach Clay Haynes said. “It’s a good thing that we scored 10 runs through five innings, because that was enough to get us the win tonight.”

Piedmont signee Zeb Miller was 4-for-4 with a home run and an RBI and West Hall’s Luis Delgado was 2-for-4 for the A’s. North Georgia signee Zach Bennett contributed at the plate and on the mound, hitting two home runs while earning the win in five innings pitched.

“We had a lot of confidence coming into this game.” Haynes said. “We thought we could play well against Alpharetta tonight, and we did.”

Alpharetta was the first team to cross home plate when Justin Deshan hit a solo home run in the second inning.

The A’s countered in the bottom of the same inning. After Charlie Newman reached on a fielder’s choice, Miller homered to give Gainesville its first lead of the night.

“I just put the ball in play and they dropped in the gaps,” Miller said. “The pitches were going outside, so I tried to take them to opposite field.”

Gainesville never looked back after that inning, adding three more runs in the third inning when Valdosta State signee Patrick Henry singled to score Delgado. Henry then scored off Bennett’s first home run of the night.

Flowery Branch grad Cody Ackerman scored the A’s only run in the fourth inning off of Tyler Vaughn’s sacrifice groundout to improve the score to 6-1.

Gainesville scored its final four runs in the fifth inning off Bennett’s second home run, followed by three consecutive singles by Newman, Miller and Lance Smallwood, and a two-run double by Flowery Branch’s Bucky Free.

Meanwhile, Bennett kept Alpharetta off the bases, allowing only one run while striking out five.
“I was able to locate my fastball, curveball and change-up and keep them in the strike zone, ” Bennett said. “They were pretty effective for me.”

Delgado came in for relief in the sixth inning. He was followed by Kalen Phillips, who struck out the side in the seventh inning before walking Alpharetta’s Matt Cosner with the bases loaded to allow
Alpharetta’s second and final run in the eighth inning. Andy Edmondson closed out the game with a scoreless ninth inning.

The A’s look to keep their remain undefeated in the area when the play host to Canton at 7 tonight.
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