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Rockdale bats explode in win over Peachtree City

CONYERS — The runs were slow in coming but once they did the flood gates opened as Rockdale Post 77 came out of its two-week hiatus with a 17-2 win over Peachtree City Post 50 on Sunday.

Post 77 (14-3, 5-0 in area games) scored two runs in the first four innings before crossing home plate three times in the fifth and sixth innings to take an 8-1 lead. They continued to get their hits scoring twice in the seventh before closing the eighth inning with seven runs.

“It was just like I expected, the first couple of innings we didn’t get anything going. But that third inning was when we started putting things together,” Rockdale head coach Demarco Hamm said.

Post 77 had 17 hits with eight going for extra-base hits. Zach Bailey, Cameron Ragsdale and Musashi Briem each powered the ball out of the park with Casey Shubert, Joshua Smith along with Bailey, Ragsdale and Briem also hitting doubles.

Bailey and Briem also led the team at the plate getting four hits each.

Besides doing his part with a double, Smith also got the win pitching six innings with Ragsdale tossing the final two. Smith held Post 50 to one earned run while fanning three batters. In his two innings of work, Ragsdale fanned one batter while allowing a run.

“Our pitchers have done excellent ever since that Tuscaloosa game,” Hamm said. “It was actually kind of surprising because we went up there with nine players. We have a lot of guys on vacation or college orientation or still trying to recover to get healthy. It was also surprising because we hadn’t played in two weeks. That big output in runs was really unexpected.”

Rockdale will try to get another area game win as they are scheduled to play Buford Post 127 in a nine-inning game today at 7 p.m.

“It (the win) really gives us confidence,” Hamm said. “We were short handed and this shows what kind of depth we’ve built so I’m extremely confident from here on out.”