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Conyers falls to Gainesville

GAINESVILLE - Conyers Post 77 fell to Gainesville on Wednesday in a lopsided loss on the road, 13-3.

The game was a non-area game, so Conyers still remains in second place in the North Georgia Area standings with a 10-4 area record.

Against Gainesville, Conyers fell behind early. Gainesville scored two runs in the first inning, one in the third and seven in the fourth to build a 10-0 lead.

Conyers finally got on the board in the top of fifth. After Kelvan Diaz and Cameron Gibson drew walks, Chunk Smith plated Diaz with an RBI single.

Conyers loaded the bases in the sixth, but the team was only able to chip away at Gainesville's lead with two more runs. After Clint Ogle and Hunter Stiles drew walks, Chase Ware singled to load the bases.

Logan Singleton's fielder's choice plated one run and Nick Woodward's double scored another, but that was as close as Conyers got.

Gainesville tacked on three more runs in the sixth to cap the game score at 13-3.

Conyers manager Eddie Bagwell said his team looked tired, and understandably so. Wednesday night's game was Conyers' fifth game in three days.

"Gainesville's got a good team. We were also short-handed, but I'm tired of using that excuse," Bagwell said. "I hate to keep saying it, but we really are a young team. Honestly, Gainesville is a good team, it was a non-area game and we just came off playing four games in two days. I think that had really more to do with it than anything. We played two games the night before against Gainesville, and two games the night before that against Rockdale. When you play five games in three days - that's a lot of baseball.

"It was a tough loss, especially from the point of view of trying to get some momentum going for the area tournament. We're going in the wrong direction as far as that's concerned. Still, we were coming off two nights of doubleheaders, and the wear-and-tear showed. We were a little bit lethargic and not really on top of our game."

Conyers can still clinch first place in the area, depending on what happens in three doubleheaders. Conyers finishes its regular season slate with Douglasville on Saturday at Henson-Carr Legion Field.

Rockdale Post 77 played Grayson on Thursday, but results were not available at press time. Rockdale will wrap up its regular season slate Sunday night at home in a doubleheader with Loganville.

Brandon Evans can be reached at brandon.evans @rockdalecitizen.com.