CONYERS - Conyers Post 77 remained unbeaten with a doubleheader sweep of Loganville, 10-0 and 6-0, Tuesday night at Henson-Carr Legion Field. In his first game with the team, Augusta State commitment Brandon Crumbley pitched 51/3 innings of one-hit ball and struck out seven to win the nightcap.
After hitting Loganville right fielder Luke Baker with a pitch in the second inning, Crumbley retired 10 of the final 11 batters he faced.
Meanwhile, the Conyers bats gave the big right-hander plenty to work with. Cameron Gibson crushed a two-run home run in the third to make it a 3-0 game and Nick Woodward ripped an RBI-double in the fifth to put Conyers up 4-0.
"Brandon just got back from vacation; he was a little rusty," said Conyers coach Eddie Bagwell. "He settled down in the fourth (and) fifth. He did a good job; he's going to be one of our guys we rely on."
Taylor Jackson launched a two-run home run in the sixth inning off Loganville starter Justin Hicks, who allowed six earned runs in 52/3 innings.
Conyers cruised in the opener, 10-0 in a game shortened by the mercy rule. They jumped out early on Loganville starter and South Georgia College commitment Trey Culpepper (41/3 IP, 7 ER), getting a run in the first on Brandon Thomas' RBI-double, and two more in the second on run-scoring hits by Chunk Smith and Crumbley to go up 3-0.
That was plenty for Kelvan Diaz, who threw only 54 pitches in a five-inning, two-hit shutout.
"We made it very clear that we're building our team on pitching and defense," Bagwell said. "What we like about our pitching, we challenge them to pitch to contact; that's our theory behind pitching."
"Hats off to (Conyers), they hit their spots," said Loganville coach Jimmy Hughes. "We're going home with our tails between our legs."
With Diaz on cruise control, the Conyers bats continued to add to the lead. In the third, Gibson missed a home run by two feet and settled for a two-run double that made it 5-0. In the fifth, Post 77 continued to batter Culpepper with Travis Tarleton's RBI-double, Smith's three-run triple and a game-ending RBI-double from Crumbley.
"We feel like we can score some runs," Bagwell said. "We're not great offensively, but we're above average. We're happy with our team. The biggest thing we like about our team is they're coming together. We're real pleased with the way the personalities are coming together."
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