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Big inning sparks rally for A's
Gainesville A’s Pitcher Andy Edmondson delivers a pitch during the second inning during their game with Loganville at Ivey-Watson Field Wednesday evening. - photo by Scott Rogers | The Times

The Gainesville A’s needed only one inning to return to .500 baseball in Wednesday’s 12-9 win against Loganville Post 233 at Ivey-Watson Field.

Down by six runs in the seventh inning, the A’s battled back with a 10-run inning en route to their second straight win and a 6-6 record on the season.

The win is the second in three days for Gainesville, which has scored 27 runs in the span.

“We didn’t give up,” A’s head coach Clay Haynes said. “That’s one thing a ball team can’t do.”

Loganville enjoyed a dominant lead through the first half of the game, but inconsistent pitching and defensive mistakes turned the game around in the bottom of the seventh inning, which featured three different Loganville pitchers that gave up six hits, highlighted by Luis Delgado’s three-run triple.

“We got down early, but the guys did a good job fighting through,” Haynes added. “I couldn’t be more proud of them.”

Gainesville battled back from Loganville’s strong first two innings, including a six-run second inning. Mitch McCann and Luke Baker each hit solo home runs, with the other four runs scoring on walks and errors.

A’s starter Andy Edmondson was pulled in the second inning and replaced by Brent Butler, who would earn the win for Gainesville, pitching 7 2/3 innings with four strikeouts.

“His performance was gutsy,” Haynes said. “He showed a lot of heart tonight.”

Gainesville’s first two runs of the night came in the bottom of the second off Ryan Farmer’s RBI double and a score by James Wilson on a wild pitch.

Meanwhile, Butler didn’t allow another run until the top of the seventh inning, when Loganville expanded their lead to six runs off Justin Hughes’ RBI single in the top of the seventh inning.

Gainesville opened its big seventh inning with Max Everitt’s RBI double to score Bucky Free. Everitt and Travis Rutkiewicz also scored on wild pitches, moving the A’s within three runs of Loganville.

Everitt and Rutkiewicz were among four A’s with two hits, along with Wilson and Brandon Grindle.

Gainesville edged closer to tying the game after Ryan Avery’s RBI single, which loaded the bases for Delgado, who connected for an opposite-field line drive triple that scored all three base runners and gave the A’s a 9-8 lead, their first lead of the game.

“I went up there with a lot of confidence and knew I had to come through for the team,” Delgado said. “I got an outside fastball, which is my favorite.”

Free, Grindle and Wilson also collected RBI hits later in the inning, bringing the run total in the seventh to 10 runs.

“One thing led to another and we capitalized on their mistakes,” Haynes said.

Loganville’s attempt to tie the game was limited to Trey Culpepper’s sacrifice fly in the ninth. Culpepper finished the night as Loganville’s leading hitter, going 3-for-5 with two runs and an RBI.

Gainesville looks for its third straight win when it opens the Douglasville Tournament against Conyers at 1:45 p.m. Friday in Douglasville.

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