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Conyers settles for 2-2 tie vs. Calif.
Post 77 now 1-1-1 at World Wood Bat Tournament

MARIETTA - Conyers' bats went silent for much of Thursday's tilt with ABD California, and by the game's end time had run out.

Post 77 and ABD played to a 2-2 tie in a pool game at the 18-under World Wood Bat Tournament at Kell High School, each failing to end the stalemate before the tournament-mandated two-hour time limit was reached.

Post 77 managed only two hits against ABD starter Connor Garelick, none in a game-tying, two-run sixth inning.

A clearly fatigued Garelick walked five in the frame, including Nick Woodward and Ross Roberts, who each scored a run to knot the score at 2-2. But left-hander Travis Mitchell induced a pop-up from Taylor Jackson with the bases loaded to end the inning, and retired all four batters he faced to preserve the tie.

Conyers got effective pitching as well.

After lefty Tyler Walker walked the first two batters in the top of the seventh, David Lockwood relieved and struck out the side to give Conyers a final chance in the last of the seventh. Starter Brandon Ward allowed two earned runs and struck out five in six innings.

"We just didn't swing the bats," said Conyers coach Eddie Bagwell. "Lockwood came in and was lights out. Brandon Ward pitched his tail off; deserved to win. We should've won that game."

ABD had grabbed a 2-0 lead in the top of the fifth inning. Mark Strazzeri hit a one-out triple and Joseph Famalette walked. One batter later, the pair executed a double steal with Strazzeri sliding home ahead of the tag for a 1-0 lead. Bo Kreitenberg followed with a run-scoring single to give ABD a two-run cushion.

"We messed up that play," Bagwell said of the double steal. "We could be tired; I think we've played a lot of games the last two weeks. I think we're tired (and) it's finally starting to catch up."

Conyers' offense has struggled in the team's 1-1-1 start to the tournament, hitting just .181 (13-for-72). The pitching, though, has been good enough to win, allowing five earned runs in 202/3 innings.

"We're just not swinging the bats," said Bagwell. "I think it's wood bats; us not adjusting to wood bats, get the sweet part of the bat to the ball. I don't know what button to press. At some point pride has to take over, if it doesn't, we'll have a short life (in this tournament and beyond) and we're way too good of a team to have a short life."

Post 77, which needs to win its final two games and get help from a handful of other teams in its pool to advance to Sunday's bracket play, plays today at 2 p.m. at the East Cobb Complex in Marietta against the Carolina Cyclones.