Hitting heats up
Post 77 sweeps double header 11-6, 15-5

LOGANVILLE - Conyers' bats came alive in sweeping a doubleheader, 11-6 and 15-5, Monday against Loganville Post 233. Post 77 got huge nights from Cameron Gibson (6-for-7, 4 RBIs) and Travis Tarleton (4-for-7, 5 RBIs), while getting contributions from just about everyone else on a humid night at West Walton Park.

In the opener, Loganville took what would end up being its only lead of the night, going ahead 1-0 when Conyers first baseman Anthony Bazzani dropped a throw.

Conyers responded immediately, sending nine to the plate in a six-run second inning. Tarleton crushed a two-run home run and after Taylor Jackson's RBI-single, Gibson belted a three-run shot that chased Loganville starter and losing pitcher Parker Evans (11/3 IP, 6 ER). Tyler Austin connected on a two-run home run in the fourth and Gibson missed a home run by a few feet in the sixth, settling for a double and a 9-5 lead.

Brandon Thomas was the beneficiary, striking out five and allowing an unearned run in three innings for the victory.

"We feel Brandon Thomas gave us a great first three innings," Conyers coach Eddie Bagwell said. "We think (pitching is) going to keep us a competitive team. We're real pleased with it so far."

Conyers was even better in the nightcap, chasing starter Luke Baker after 2/3 of an inning with a 11-batter first inning. Tarleton continued his torrid hitting, ripping a two-run double and after three consecutive walks. The No. 9 hitter, David Lockwood, stroked a two-run single to put Conyers up 5-0.

Loganville's big left-handed first baseman Chris Scott hit a two-run home run off winning pitcher Beau Thomas (3 IP, 3 ER, 4 K) to make it a 7-3 game, but Conyers poured it on in the fourth.

Gibson again missed a home run by a few feet, tripling off the center field wall; Tarleton followed with a run-scoring double, and two batters later Brandon Crumbley launched a grand slam to put the visitors up 12-3.

"I thought we were lazy in the first game," Bagwell said. "I challenged (the team) to quit trying to live off the home run ball. We just sort of gutted it out in that first game. Second game we turned it on."

Conyers returns to action Thursday in the POW/MIA Tournament when they play the host team, Douglasville, at 2 p.m.

Kurt Aschermann Jr. can be reached at kurt.aschermann@rockdalecitizen.com.