The Gettys brothers had already both pulled off no-hitters this season for Gainesville prior to Friday’s game against Clarke Central.
After a 14-0 win by the Red Elephants in Gainesville, they’ve now done it in the same week against the same team.
Two days after younger brother Jonathan no-hit the Gladiators in Athens, Michael, a junior, recorded nine strikeouts over five innings to give both brothers no-hitters during spring break.
The older of the Gettys only had to face 18 hitters for the mercy rule to kick in after 4 1/2 innings.
“I just give all the glory to God,” Michael said. “I’m happy to do whatever I can to help the team win.”
Five Clarke Central hitters were able to reach base (three on Gainesville fielding errors, one on a fielder’s choice and another was hit by a pitch).
After Clarke Central put the first two runners on base in the fourth inning, Michael got out of the jam by recording a strikeout of Clarke Central’s Hunter Cutts for the first out, then induced consecutive ground balls to get out of the inning without allowing a hit or run.
“Michael’s been awesome this season,” Gainesville coach Jeremy Kemp said. “He’s been fun to coach, fun to watch play.”
After the final pitch, Michael was chased down by teammates to celebrate the no-hitter. He knew it was coming since the Red Elephants (15-2, 7-1 Region 8-AAAAA) did the same to Jonathan after his no-hitter, the first of his career, against the Gladiators.
Michael also pitched a no-hitter Feb. 28 against Habersham Central at Ivey-Watson, the first of his high school career.
“It feels great to know that we’re both pitching well,” he said.
Against Clarke Central, Gainesville’s offense made Michael’s job easy. After scoring four runs in the first inning, the Red Elephants batted around in the second inning with three straight run-scoring hits.
Sims Griffith had a two-run homer for Gainesville in the third inning, while Jacob Patton had a pinch-hit RBI single in the fourth.
“We hit the ball very well tonight,” Kemp said.
Luke Moore had the biggest night at the plate for the Red Elephants, knocking a three-run home run in the first and a two-run single in the second.
The rest of the Red Elephants hit the ball hard all night. Michael Gettys and Skyler Weber had hard-hit singles in the first inning for Gainesville, then with one out Caleb Whitenton had an infield single that plated Gainesville’s first run of the night.
In the second inning, doubles by Hunter Anglin and Brandon Sewell each drove in a run. Michael Gettys had an RBI double in the third before Griffith knocked the two-run shot off the scoreboard beyond the left field wall.
Clarke Central committed six fielding errors, three of those in the second inning that led to Gainesville’s extended rally.
On Monday, Gainesville visits Cedar Shoals at 5:55 p.m. in Athens.