0606GAhaynesAUDListen to Gainesville A's coach Clay Haynes talk about his team's loss to Douglasville on Tuesday night.
The Gainesville A’s home opener didn’t exactly play out as planned.
The A’s lost to Douglasville Post 145 13-10 in eight innings in Game 2 of a doubleheader on Thursday night at East Hall High.
Down 10-7 in the seventh inning, the A’s (1-2) scored three runs to tie the game but allowed three more in the eighth inning to fall short of completing the rally. It was Gainesville’s second loss of the night after losing 11-7 in the first game.
“Douglasville always has a good team,” A’s coach Clay Haynes said. “They always bring out a strong group of guys.”
Gainesville High grad Zach Bennett led the A’s at the plate, going for 2-for-3 with a home run, a double and two RBIs. Tyler Vaughn was 3-for-5 with a double and one RBI and North Georgia’s Lance Smallwood was 2-for-5 with a double.
“I’m not too worried about our offense right now,” Haynes said. “We’re hitting the ball really well right now.”
Robbie Phillips earned the win on the mound for Douglasville.
“I thought our pitching staff did really well,” Haynes said. “Some of these pitchers are new to American Legion baseball and we made a few defensive mistakes, but I’m really not too displeased with the pitching staff.”
The game began with an RBI double by Douglasville’s Brandon Barnette in the top of the first to give the visitors an early 2-0 lead.
The A’s countered with two runs of their own in the bottom of the inning off Vaughn’s double and Zach Bennett’s second home run of the day.
Douglasville then took the lead in the second inning off Seth Wisenger’s RBI single, but the lead wouldn’t last long.
After West Hall’s Luis Delgado scored on Vaughn’s sacrfice fly, Gainesville grad Blaine Martin hit a two-run double to give Gainesville a three-run lead. Martin then scored on a passed ball to make the score 7-3.
Douglasville rallied with a five-run sixth inning, which began with Robbie Phillip’s solo home run. In extra innings, Douglasville scored three unanswered runs in the top of the eighth inning off RBI triples from Waldrop and Alex Wilson.
“We didn’t play, in my opinon, to our capabilities, and there might be different outcomes on some nights,” Haynes said. “But that’s how baseball goes sometimes.”
The A’s look to rebound when they visit Alpharetta at 7 p.m. today.
Douglasville Post 145 11, Gainesville A’s 7 (Game 1)
Flowery Branch grad Patrick Henry was 3-for-4 with a triple, a double and three RBIs, Gainesville grad Zach Bennett hit an two-run home run and Cody Ackerman and Bucky Free each went 2-for-4 in the A’s Game 1 loss to Douglasville on Thursday at East Hall High.
Douglasville took an early lead with a seven-run second inning led by Anthony Barnette’s three-run home run and doubles by Madison Moss, Andy Woldrop and Dustin Kimberly. Woldrop led Douglasville at the plate with three doubles and Barnette was 2-for-4 while picking up the win on the mound.
The A’s scored three runs in the third off Bennett’s home run and Henry’s RBI single. They scored two more runs the next inning off RBI singles from Henry and Charlie Newman, but could not complete the rally.