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Gainesville baseball remains perfect with big win over Franklin County
Anglin earned the win pitching, connected on a two-run homer
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Gainesville coach Jeremy Kemp felt a bit of peace watching the way his team hit the ball in Friday's 11-0 win against Franklin County at Ivey-Watson Field.

Consistent hitting had previously been one of the only questions surrounding the Red Elephants.

Hunter Anglin's effort on the mound was the icing on the cake for the second-ranked Red Elephants (13-0, 8-0 Region 8-AAA South).

Gainesville hit the ball hard the entire game against Franklin County's senior ace Taylor Childers, who earlier this month struck out 15 in a complete-game shutout against Oconee County.

The hitting was solid from top to bottom for the Red Elephants, including an RBI from each of the top six batters in the order.

"That's the best we've hit the ball all season," Kemp said. "It's pretty fun to see the guys hitting it like that to the opposite field."

Anglin made quick work of the Lions (4-8, 3-3 Region 8-AAA North), needing only 63 pitches to get through the first four innings.

Sophomore Michael Gettys came on in relief and retired the final three batters in order in the fifth.

Anglin retired the first seven Franklin County hitters in order before Camden Beasley roped a single in the third inning.

Anglin finished with six strikeouts and allowed only a pair of hits.

"Hunter looked awesome tonight," Kemp said.

Anglin's win put a fitting end to a week in which Gainesville received solid starts from Stephen Mason on Monday against West Hall, then a complete-game victory from University of Georgia signee David Gonzalez on Wednesday at Oconee County.

"The biggest thing for our pitching staff is to keep the pitch count low," Anglin said. "We have a great pitching staff with about seven guys we can throw out there."

Anglin helped himself at the plate with a two-run home run in the first inning, part of a four-run inning, then an RBI single in the second.

The next pitch after Anglin's home run, Gettys followed with a long home run over the left-field fence.

Gainesville junior catcher Skyler Weber also got in on the action with a two-strike double in the first inning that scored the first run of the game.

Then in the third, Weber added another hard-hit double to the outfield gap that scored Sims Griffith (2 for 3, two runs scored).

"We put in so much work in the batting cage trying to get better," Weber said. "It was just a matter of time before we started to peak at the plate."

Weber said that Gainesville had its timing down on Childers' curveball from the start, forcing him to lean primarily on his fastball.

Red Elephants senior first baseman David Gonzalez capped a four-run second inning with a two-out triple to the gap in left field that scored a pair of runs.

Then in the third, Stephen Mason drove in Griffith with an RBI single, followed by Weber's RBI double. Ryan Griffith added the final run on an RBI single.

Gainesville hosts Monroe Area at 5:55 p.m. Wednesday at Ivey-Watson Field, while Franklin County visits Chestatee at 5:55 p.m. Monday.

 

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