Two different Sundays for Post 77 teams
Conyers wins a game, but Rockdale drops twin bill

CONYERS - Post 77's baseball teams had their share of excitement and agony splitting their games Sunday.

Conyers Post 77 easily defeated its opponent with and 8-2 win over Gainesville, while the Rockdale Post 77 team lost a doubleheader, 8-0, 9-3, to Douglasville.

Anthony Bazzani led the Conyers team on the mound throwing six hitless innings.

In his time on the mound, Bazzani fanned eight batters while walking three and hitting one batsman.

Another aspect of the game that Conyers Post 77 head coach Eddie Bagwell was the limited errors committed so far this season.

The Conyers team has committed a low four errors in their past five games.

If Conyers is to have a good season, according to Bagwell, a lot of it is going to depend on good pitching and good defense, two things Bagwell has been able to get out of his team.

"So far, pitching has held up well. We've had a good start and we've had good relief (pitching), that's the key to the game," Bagwell said. "That's how to build a team, with pitching and defense.

"We've really come together as a team. We're getting good leadership from our returning players, Chunk Smith and Nick Matteen. Everyone is really upbeat about it."

Conyers opened up a commanding lead for Bazzani against Gainesville A's scoring a run in the first inning, two in the third, one in the fourth and two in the sixth.

Providing a lot of the hitting for Conyers were Brandon Thomas (3-for-4), Cameron Gibson (3-for-3) and Smith who went 4-for-5 with two doubles.

"We didn't hit the cover off the ball," said Bagwell. "But we got good clutch hitting with runners in scoring position."

Coming in relief were Cameron Davenport, David Lockwood and Matteen.

Conyers will be at home today in a doubleheader against Loganville starting at 6 p.m. at Hanson-Carr Field.

"This will be our last home game for at least two weeks," Bagwell added.

Be it overconfidence or one of those days, the Rockdale team did not play to their potential against Douglasville, something that Rockdale manager Jack Murphy is not used to.

"I'm not used to losing to Douglasville," Murphy said. "I told them after the game that even though it counts on our record, we have to forget it and move on. Sometimes in baseball and basketball, the better team doesn't always win.

One thing that Murphy and the team learned is that it's hard to score when you're not hitting the ball.

Rockdale combined for six hits in the doubleheader, with one coming in the first game.

The other aspect of their game which contributed to their loss was errors.

"We have solid baseball players but they showed up flat. We just couldn't get it going. We made an error or two when we had a chance to get out of the inning," Murphy said.

"The score's not indicative of how bad we played."