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High school baseball: Gainesville fails to capture the sweep of Dacula
Big Red stumbles late at home in 3-1 loss to Falcons
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Gainesville's Jay Hinshaw (1) pitches during Friday night's game against Dacula at Ivey-Watson Field in Gainesville. - photo by Erin O. Smith
For the second time in the series, Gainesville High’s baseball team was left scrambling for runs late, only this time it came up short in a 3-1 loss to Dacula for the finale of a Region 8-AAAAAA series on what was otherwise a momentous Friday night at Ivey-Watson Field. The Red Elephants (18-7, 8-4 Region 8-AAAAAA) paid homage to four local youths for the program’s first-ever childhood cancer awareness promotion, and were on the verge of a third-consecutive series sweep when they landed the first blow behind an A.J. Smallwood sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fourth inning. But Gainesville failed to build on their lead, leaving eight runners on base — four in scoring position — despite connecting for a combined six hits, two from right fielder Charlie Wall (2 for 3, run scored) who led off the bottom of the fourth with a first-pitch double.
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