A blister on his left hand made pitching less comfortable for Jonathan Gettys, but didn’t negatively impact his swing at the plate at all Friday against Winder-Barrow.
The right-handed swinging Gettys smashed a solo home run with one out in the second inning and a two-run shot over the center-field fence in the fifth inning as part of Gainesville’s 7-0 win at Ivey-Watson Field.
On the mound, Gettys threw two-hit ball and got around Winder-Barrow runners in scoring position during the fourth and fifth innings, before giving way to senior Mikey Gonzalez to close out the game on the mound.
The left-handed throwing Gettys picked up 10 strikeouts on the bump, while getting around a bases-loaded jam in the fifth inning, even though he said the blister surfaced on his ring finger in pre-game warmups.
The Red Elephants (15-4, 10-2 Region 8-AAAAA) starter also got out of the fourth without giving up a run, despite a lead-off triple by Winder Barrow’s Bailey Hawkins. The junior Gettys, who is already verbally committed to Louisiana State University, got around the extra-base hit in the fourth with three straight strikeouts to retire the side.
“Jonathan battled all day out there on the mound,” Gainesville coach Jeremy Kemp said. “He got in a little jam but stayed calm.”
The Bulldoggs (13-5, 8-4) looked primed to score in the fifth after Gettys allowed back-to-back walks with one out to Cameron Whaley and Aaron Seeley. With a 3-1 count against Tyler Hamrick, Gettys battled back to get the strikeout. Then Hawkins grounded into a fielder’s choice for the final out.
Winder-Barrow finished with eight runners left on base.
“We need to do a better job of situational hitting,” Winder-Barrow coach Brian Smith said. “We’re getting hits but not getting the ball in play with runners already on base.”
In the sixth, Gonzalez came over from third base to pitch the final two innings in relief. Aaron Gonzalez got on for the Bulldoggs with a two-out double in the sixth, but Mikey Gonzalez got out of the inning with a fly ball out from Will Hardigree.
In the sixth inning, Gainesville catcher Michael Curry poked a two-run home run for his team’s final runs. In the third inning, Caleb Whitenton had a double down the third-base line for the Red Elephants.
After Fedrick Cardona’s single past third base, Whitenton scored on a low throwback attempt to first base that went to the fence.
Anthony Carrera also had a pair of singles for the Red Elephants. After Gettys’ solo shot in the second inning, Gainesville loaded the bases on a single by Mikey Gonzalez, an error at shortstop on Brandon Sewell’s grounder and a walk by Cardona.
Winder-Barrow starting pitcher Cole Baggett got off the mound to make a play on a slow-rolling grounder toward third by Banks Griffith and throw down to first for the final out of the inning.
With the win, Gainesville completed its spring break week with three region wins, two against Winder-Barrow.
“I feel like we’re playing better right now and have better chemistry as a team,” said Gettys.
Gainesville opens a two-game set against Lanier at 5:55 p.m. Monday in Sugar Hill. Winder-Barrow plays host to Flowery Branch on Monday.