CONYERS - It's no surprise what's carrying Conyers Post 77 through the early part of its season: The offense is clicking on all cylinders. Conyers swept a doubleheader from Loganville, Monday, out-scoring the home team 26-11 and displaying the kind of thunder that has the team poised for a successful summer.
The part that jumps out is the amount of extra-base hits Post 77 gets on a nightly basis. Monday night was no different as Conyers had 13 extra-base hits in the two games, including eight doubles and four home runs.
"I thought we were lazy in the first game; second game we turned it on," Conyers coach Eddie Bagwell said. "(They) hit the ball a lot better and consistently."
Though it's been a team effort, two players have stood out lately. Bagwell had trouble remembering any outs Cameron Gibson as the rising junior at Salem has been on fire. Against Loganville, Gibson reached base seven of eight times, including a double, two singles and a three-run home run in the opener and Tarleton hit a two-run home run and had three doubles on the evening.
"Cam Gibson is the hottest hitter in the flippin' state (and) he's the best hitter we've got on the team," Bagwell said. "Travis is swinging the bat real well and turning into quite a third baseman as well."
Wood bat tourney packed with locals
The World Wood Bat Association's 18-under tournament is coming to Cobb County and more than two dozen area players will participate.
The Conyers Post 77 team will field a team that includes current and former Heritage players Tyler Austin (C), Anthony Bazzani (P/INF), Kelvan Diaz (P), Nick Matteen (OF/P), Tarleton (INF), Brandon Thomas (INF/P) and Nick Woodward (INF), along with Salem's Gibson (OF), Augusta State commitment Brandon Crumbley (INF/P), Dustin Dunlop (INF/P) and Logan Singleton (OF/C). Newton County players Taylor Jackson (C/INF) and outfielder/pitcher Beau Thomas, both from Alcovy, and pitcher/infielder Cameron Davenport (Eastside) are also on the Post 77 team that should compete for the wood bat national title.
Heritage also has Trey Griffin, an outfielder/first baseman, on the East Cobb Braves 17-and-under.
New Level Training Cardinal, based in Conyers, has three local players-Newton's Chris Moss (INF/P) and Travis Rape (3B/OF) and former Salem pitcher/outfielder Alex Yorkman.
Rockdale has four players - Georgia Tech commitment Buck Farmer (INF/P) of the East Cobb Yankees; East Cobb Rebels SS/OF Nakeem Forte and C/1B Kevin Dawkins; and Big Stix Gamers' outfielder Terrence Hutcherson, who's joined on the Gamers by Alcovy's pitcher Cody Bala.
Salem's Kelsey Rudolph, an outfielder/second baseman, will play for the Mentium Athletics, while Newton's David Hill (3B/IB) will occupy a spot on the Atlanta Bluejays.
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