Loganville hands Conyers first two losses

CONYERS - Conyers Post 77 suffered its first setback of the season, abruptly followed by its second, as Loganville collected a doubleheader sweep of Conyers on Monday at Henson-Carr Legion Field.

Conyers (5-2) dropped the opening game of the twin bill 15-6 before being run-ruled 12-2 in six innings in the nightcap.

"We had a rough night all the way around," Conyers manager Eddie Bagwell said. "Still, I have to give Loganville credit - they're a good ball club and Jimmy Hughes does a good job coaching them."

Errors and missed opportunities plagued Conyers in the loss, Bagwell said.

"You can't give a good ball club four, five and six outs an inning and expect to keep them off the board," he said. "Our pitching pitched well enough to win, we just didn't play good enough defense behind our guys."

Still, Bagwell said the loss should not be entirely attributed to the play of his players.

"In no way, shape or form am I trying to put the loss all on our guys. I take a lot of responsibility for the loss, too," he said. "I wasn't on my game at all. I wasn't mentally prepared or mentally as focused as I needed to be."

Loganville jumped out quickly on Conyers in the opener, taking a 4-0 lead in the first inning. Loganville then added single runs in the second and third to lead 6-0.

Conyers finally got on the board in the bottom of the third off an RBI double by Travis Tarleton, which scored Nick Matteen.

Loganville added two more runs to go up 8-1 in the top of the fourth.

Conyers did make it a game again in the bottom of the fifth, cutting the seven-run lead to three.

The four-run fifth was highlighted by an RBI single by Patrick Jansen, an RBI double by Kelvan Diaz and a two-run double by Clint Ogle.

However, Loganville added three more runs in the sixth and four more in the seventh to make it 15-5.

Conyers added one run in its last at-bat off an RBI single by Diaz, but it was too little, too late.

Things didn't begin much better for Conyers in the second game as Loganville went up 2-0 in the top of the second.

In fact, Conyers' offense was pretty much nonexistent in the nightcap.

Chunk Smith scored the only two runs for Conyers. Smith scored off an RBI single by Bobby Coggins in the bottom of the second and again off an RBI double by Diaz in the fourth.

Meanwhile, Loganville scored at will until the 10-run rule was invoked in the sixth inning after Loganville built a 12-2 lead.

Conyers will try to get back on the winning track in the MIA-POW Tournament, which starts Thursday in Douglasville.

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