Four up, four down
Conyers stays undefeated with sweep of Grayson

CONYERS - Conyers Post 77 moved to 4-0 on the season after sweeping the Grayson River Rats on Monday night at Henson-Carr Legion Field.

Conyers cruised in the opening game of the twinbill, winning 7-0. In the nightcap, however, Conyers needed a little late-inning magic to pull out the 5-4 win.

In the opener, Conyers scored two runs in the first inning, two in the second, one in the sixth and two in the seventh.

Chunk Smith smacked a two-run single in the bottom of the first inning to put Conyers up 2-0.

In the second, Ryan Jubran doubled and took second on a passed ball before scoring on a Grayson throwing error. The second run of the inning came when Nick Matteen scored on a fielder's choice by Patrick Jansen. Matteen first got on with a walk before taking second on a passed ball.

After three scoreless innings, Conyers loaded the bases in the sixth off consecutive singles by Matteen, Jared Trust and Jake Dyer. Matteen eventually scored on a Grayson error to make it 5-0.

Conyers strung together three straight singles in the seventh. The third, by Jubran, scored Taylor Lamb. Smith, who had the second single, eventually scored on a passed ball.

Patrick Jansen got the win in Game 1 of the doubleheader, pitching seven scoreless innings. Jansen scattered four hits, walked one batter and struck out four.

Playing as the away team in the nightcap, Conyers fell behind 1-0 in the bottom of the first and trailed 2-0 after two innings.

However, Conyers scored three runs in the top of the third to take a 3-2 lead.

After Jubran singled, both Kelvan Diaz and Matteen reached on Grayson errors. Jubran scored on the second error, while Diaz advanced to third on the second error and later scored on a passed ball. Matteen scored on a sacrifice fly by Jake Dyer.

Grayson tied it up with a solo homer in the bottom of the fifth and the River Rats took the lead 4-3 in the bottom of the sixth.

But in Post 77's last at-bat, Diaz opened the inning by reaching on a Grayson error. Diaz almost ran out the throw to first anyway, but it was off-line, allowing him to scamper to second. The next batter, Matteen, hit into a fielder's choice, but Grayson was unable to get Diaz at third.

So with no outs, Conyers had runners on first and third. Matteen stole second, but the next two batters struck out.

The next batter, Travis Tarleton hit a long fly ball to the left fielder, but he was unable to come up with it, which allowed both Diaz and Matteen to score.

Matteen came on to pitch in the bottom of the seventh, and thanks to a finely turned double play, Conyers held on for the win.

Conyers manager Eddie Bagwell said he was happy to come away with the sweep.

"We took advantage of the opportunities provided for us," Bagwell said. "We were definitely pleased with the first game. Patrick (Jansen) pitched very well."

Clint Ogle started the second game on the mound for Conyers and struck out three in 42/3 innings of work. Chase Ware came on in middle relief and pitched 11/3 innings, while Matteen got the save after pitching a scoreless seventh.

Conyers plays again Thursday at Loganville.

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