Conyers sweeps season-opening doubleheader
12-run inning sparks Game 2 win

CONYERS - A 12-run inning quickly turned a 5-2 deficit into a 14-5 lead as Conyers Post 77 swept the visiting Grayson Post 251 in its season-opening doubleheader Thursday at Henson-Carr Legion Field.

Conyers won the first game of the twin bill 3-1.

Post 77 was down 5-2 as it took its at-bat in the bottom of the sixth inning.

"The biggest thing is that we were down 5-2 and we came up with some timely hitting, finally. We'd been struggling all day." said Conyers Post 77 manager Eddie Bagwell.

Travis Tarleton got things started with a single, which allowed Patrick Jansen to drive him home. From there, Conyers took advantage of wild pitches and timely hitting.

After scoring four runs on wild pitches and two more on two hits, Jared Trust was the first out on a sacrifice bunt followed by consecutive doubles from Jake Dyer, Tarleton and Jansen, which resulted in two additional runs.

The final two runs, scored by Chunk Smith and Ryan Jubran, came on a two-run single by Clint Ogle.

Of the 10 hits in the sixth inning, four went for extra bases with Taylor Lamb providing the other double.

Also going for extra-base hits in the second game were Smith with a double and Dyer, who hit a triple, to go along with his sixth-inning double.

While Bagwell was glad to have such a productive at-bat, he was concerned with how Grayson scored its five runs as four were off errors. However, considering that he was missing four of his infielders and it was the first two games of the season, he is optimistic about the future.

"If we can quit kicking the ball around, we'll be OK. A lot of those five runs were unearned. We've got a lot of work defensively," he said. "It was our first game, plus we've got a lot of guys playing out of position because we're short-handed. We still have four guys that aren't here that are infielders that will help us."

Kelvan Diaz struggled in the first two innings of the first game before settling down. Despite his troubles, allowing two walks, two hits and an error, the defense was able to keep Grayson off the board.

Diaz was able to keep Post 251 off balance over the next three innings with four strikeouts, two hits and one walk.

Meanwhile, Conyers took a 3-0 lead scoring runs in the third, fourth and fifth inning.

Diaz pitched 61/3 innings in the first game, fanning six batters while allowing six hits and three walks.

Ogle got the win in the second game, pitching 11/3 innings in which he had three strikeouts, two hits and two walks.

"We stepped up and got good pitching out of Kelvan Diaz in Game 1 then in Game 2 we got a good start out of Jake Dyer," Bagwell said. "We then got good relief pitching out of Nick Matteen in Game 1 and then everyone in second game from Chase Ware to Bobby Coggins to Clint Ogle to finish that game."

Tarleton, Jansen and Matteen paced Conyers offensively in the twin bill with three hits each.

Manny Fils can be reached at manny.fils@newtoncitizen.com.