CONYERS - Both Conyers Post 77 and Rockdale Post 77 have had solid starts to the American Legion baseball season as the two teams sit atop the North Georgia Area standings.
Rockdale, coached by Jack Murphy, has a 5-1 record and holds the No. 1 spot in the area.
Meanwhile, Conyers, led by Eddie Bagwell, sits in second place with a 6-2 area record.
The two teams will meet next week at Henson-Carr Legion Field.
Rockdale improved to 5-1 in area play after sweeping Douglasville on Tuesday. Rockdale won 7-2 in the opener and 2-0 in the nightcap.
In the first game, Douglasville went up 1-0 in the top of the first inning. But Rockdale tied it up in the bottom of the second off an RBI single by Joseph Lester.
Rockdale made it 3-1 in the fourth off an RBI double by Jeremy Riehn and an RBI groundout by Lester.
Douglasville added one run in the fifth, but Rockdale increased its lead to 7-2 in the bottom half of the inning off a two-run double by Nathan Fawbush and RBI singles by Riehn and Jo Jo Bonet.
Alan Futch got the win on the mound, allowing just one earned run in five innings of work.
In the second game, Josh Stevenson took the mound and was virtually untouchable
Stevenson allowed just two hits in seven innings of work as Rockdale won 2-0.
Rockdale's first run came in the bottom of the fourth off a solo homer by Riehn. The other run of the game came in the bottom of the fifth when Futch scored on a wild pitch.
Rockdale collected a split with Loganville on Saturday, losing the first game 12-9 before winning 9-4 in the second game.
Grayson forfeited two games to Rockdale on Sunday.
But after sweeping Douglasville on Monday, Murphy feels his team might have finally found its stride.
"We're playing pretty good baseball right now. The pitching has been really good," Murphy said. "I'm real pleased with the progress the team has made this season. We're starting to come together and they're playing a lot better defensively."
Things seem to be looking up for Bagwell and company, too.
Conyers Post 77 recently won its make-up game with Loganville on Tuesday, claiming a 9-5 victory at West Walton Park.
Tyler Austin got the win on the mound after allowing just one earned run in six innings of work. He struck out six batters and walked one.
Conyers took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first off an RBI single by Nick Matteen. They increased their lead to 3-0 in the third off an Austin sacrifice flyout RBI and a Patrick Jansen RBI double.
But Loganville scored two runs in the fourth inning and three in the sixth to take a 5-3 lead.
However, Conyers struck for six runs in the top of the seventh to go ahead 9-5.
The runs came off an RBI double by Taylor Lamb, a bases-loaded walk, a two-run single by Jansen, a passed ball and a suicide squeeze bunt by Ryan Jubran.
Bagwell said the win was big as the team tries to jockey for position in the area tournament.
"We've got four big games against Jack's team (Rockdale Post 77) and two more games against Douglasville, so we pretty much control our own destiny," Bagwell said.
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