Tarleton leads Conyers past Loganville 8-3
Heritage standout drives in five runs in victory

LOGANVILLE - Conyers Post 77 topped Loganville 8-3 on Thursday at West Walton Park.

Conyers manager Eddie Bagwell has now led his team to a perfect 5-0 start with the victory over Loganville being the biggest win yet.

"Loganville has got a good ball squad. They have a lot of returning guys from last year's team," Bagwell said. "They're an older team and they have a lot of experience."

The two teams had originally scheduled a doubleheader on Thursday, but rain forced the second game of the twin bill to be canceled.

Jake Dyer got the win on the mound against Loganville. Dyer pitched 51/3 innings, scattered five hits, struck out five and walked four. All three of Loganville's runs were unearned. Travis Tarleton came on and pitched the last 12/3 innings. He surrendered two hit and allowed no runs.

But it wasn't what Tarleton did on the mound that highlighted the win for Conyers.

It was what he did with the bat.

Tarleton accounted four five RBIs on the day, including a huge three-run homer that broke open the game in the sixth inning.

Conyers drew first blood in the top of the first when Dyer doubled and Tarleton brought him home with an RBI single. Conyers took a 2-0 lead later in the inning off an RBI single by Nick Matteen, which scored Tarleton.

However, Loganville took the lead in the bottom of the third inning off two singles, a walk, a fielder's choice and a Post 77 error.

After a couple of scoreless innings, Conyers tied it up in the top of the fifth off another RBI single by Tarleton. This one also scored Dyer.

Conyers opened the floodgates in its next at-bat with a five-run fifth inning.

Matteen started the show with a double, and after an intentional walk to Tyler Austin, Kelvan Diaz smacked an RBI single to plate Matteen and give Conyers back the lead, 4-3.

Dyer then padded Post 77's lead with an RBI single, plating Austin.

But it wasn't until Tarleton hit a three-run bomb over the wall in center field that the game was no longer in doubt.

"He (Tarleton) had a great game. We always felt like he was a clutch hitter, and now we know why," Conyers manager Eddie Bagwell said. "He stepped up in clutch situations and delivered five RBIs for us. That was huge."

Conyers plays Loganville again on Monday at Henson-Carr Legion Field in another scheduled doubleheader.

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