Post 77’s MJ Boykin (left) gets back to the A’s first baseman George Moll could apply the tag during legion play on Sunday. (Staff photo: Manny Fils)
COVINGTON — The A’s took advantage of key hitting and several Conyers miscues to give Covington Post 32 a 12-2, run-rule win over Post 77 on Sunday.
“We have to put our noses to the ground. We have to watch the baseball, we have to catch the baseball. That’s about the only thing we have to do right now, is to make sure that we know where we need to be during the plays,” Rockdale coach Jeff Silvey said. “We’re a good baseball team. We just need to be ready to come out and play baseball.”
Rockdale started the game knocking A’s pitcher Blake Shope around getting two hits and giving up two walks while scoring one run in the first inning before Drew Buckhault ended the treat with a double play from the outfield.
But Shope settled down putting the Rockdale batters down in order for the next three innings while the Covington offense gave Shope some run support.
“He was a little shaky in the first inning but he settled down. He spotted the fast ball up but he came back and did his job,” Covington head coach Bill Dallas said. “Of course it’s easier to pitch when you’re up.”
Cale Brown started the game with a double for Covington allowing Dalton Reagin, who went 3-for-4, to get his first RBI giving the A’s a 1-0 lead. Reagin scored on a ground out by Domenic Bazzani to give Post 32 a 2-0 lead.
Brown and Reagin did their job again in the second inning driving in a couple more runs putting the A’s up by three runs.
“He covers a lot of ground in the outfield and has a great arm,” Dallas said of Reagin. “He’s a player, he’s a hitter. He’s been with me for a long time. He’s ready to go to college.”
Shope looked poised in the top of the fifth inning as he got the first two batters out before giving up four straight singles including a hit by Allen Bowen which ended up plating Mitch Hendley.
After extending their lead back to three runs in the home half of the fifth, Covington jumped out to a commanding lead at the end of the sixth inning having crossed the plate three times.
“We’re hitting the ball, we’re just hitting the ball right at people,” Silvey said. “That’s just all there is to it. Our ball didn’t fall like theirs did. They hit the baseball well, they have a good baseball team. If we come out swinging the bats again maybe they’ll fall for us. That’s really what it is, we just hit the ball right at them.”
Leading 8-2 heading into the bottom of the eighth, Bazzani drove in the first run of the inning an error allowed Buckhault to cross the plate making it 10-2. The first out of the inning allowed Bazzani to cross the plate putting Post 32 up by nine runs.
With two outs, Davis Wheeler got a hit to plate Zach Beggs invoking the run rule giving the A’s the win.
“We had pitching, played good defense and played hard. The team that shows the most energy is going to come out on top,” Dallas said. “We’re here for the kids. My main thing is I want the kids to work hard to get better. I also want them to understand what they need to do to the next level.”