Conyers improves to 4-0 with easy sweep
Post 77 plates 33 runs in twin bill

CONYERS - Using a balance offensive attack and consistent pitching, Conyers Post 77 easily swept a doubleheader from visiting Duluth 18-0 and 15-2 Friday evening at Henson-Carr Legion Field.

The talented team coached by Eddie Bagwell is now 4-0 in Area 2 American Legion play.

"We swung the bat real well all night," Bagwell said. "And we pitched well and just seemed to jell as a team."

From the beginning on a pleasant evening for baseball, Duluth seemed overwhelmed by the Conyers team, as evidenced by giving up five runs in each of the first three innings while having nothing to show offensively. The first game ended after five innings, as did the second game, because of a 10-run rule.

"They are a young team and it's tough," Bagwell said. "I've been there before and you just have to keep working hard. They will get better as the year goes on."

Conyers standout Tyler Austin led the way in the first game as both the winning pitcher and contributor of two doubles and three runs batted in while going 4-for-4 at the plate. He was followed up in the pitching duties by Cameron Davenport as the duo combined to allow only one hit by Duluth and one walk with three strikeouts.

The offensive output by the Post 77 batters in the first game was impressive with a total of 20 hits. The other extra base hit during game one came off of the bat of catcher Chunk Smith and it accounted for two runs batted in.

While Conyers sprayed singles all over the field in the first game, the long ball came into play during the second game with Austin getting the first one on a towering fly ball that was lost in the twilight and landed over the left field fence. His shot drove in Travis Tarleton to give Post 77 a 7-0 lead in the top of the third inning.

Duluth got its only runs of the night in the bottom of that frame with two singles and the benefit of a throwing error by Conyers.

Finishing off the evening with style, Conyers got home runs from Anthony Bazzani in the fourth and Tarleton in the fifth. Bazzani's was a smash to dead center that brought home teammates Austin and Patrick Jansen, while Tarleton's was a line drive over the left field fence for a solo run.

Conyers got good pitching in the second game from starter Brandon Thomas, who got the win, and relievers Tarleton and Jansen.

The defense looked strong for the Post 77 team, led by shortstop Nick Woodward. The fielding in the twilight hour proved to be difficult for both teams but there were few errors resulting.

"I am real excited about this team and how we have started coming together," Bagwell said. "We had good performances by a lot of different players tonight."

Conyers plays again today when it hosts Gainesville at 2 p.m.