Post 77 splits twinbill with Loganville
Former Alcovy star Jackson dominate on the mound in 4-2 win
American Legion Post 77 Conyers split its doubleheader with Post 233 Loganville on Tuesday night, but Coach Eddie Bagwell saw negative elements from both games.
In the opener, Conyers won 4-2 behind a strong 6inning pitching performance from Tyler Jackson.
Jackson allowed eight hits, tallying five strikeouts, but didn’t give up a walk.
Conyers had a slightly more potent offensive game, knocking around 12 hits, including three by Levi Bonilla. However, Post 77 left 12 runners on base, including three in the first and three in the fourth.
“If Taylor Jackson doesn’t throw the game he does, we lose,” Bagwell said. “By my last count we left at least 10 stranded in scoring position.”
The trend of not coming up with the big hit continued in a 10-5 loss in the second game as Conyers left fewer runners on base (six) but didn't have as many hits (seven).
“We can’t come up with a clutch hit, that’s a political correct way of saying it,” Bagwell said. “There has to be focus and determination to get the job done and we had that in the very top and very bottom of the order, but we didn’t have that in the middle of the order.”
In the first game Conyers got three hits and two runs from their leadoff batter, Bonilla, a run and an RBI from their No. 3 hitter, Josh Bailey and two hits from cleanup hitter, Kevin Dawkins.
In game two the sevenhole hitter, Jackson had two hits and a run, Bonilla had two hits and two runs and Bailey had two hits and two RBI. Aside from those batters, Conyers didn’t have another in the loss.
Of Conyers’ 12 hits in game one, Dawkins and Randy Loew managed two each.
After Bonilla walked to lead off the top of the first inning and moved to second on a passed ball and then third on a hit by Kevin Walker, Seth Allen drove in Bonilla on a single, Jimmy Gerard’s single scored Bailey and Loew’s first hit of the game scored Dawkins.
Conyers tacked another run in the bottom of the fourth on a single by Bailey to score Bonilla. Loganville made it interesting in the fifth inning, scoring two runs on two hits. Tyler Hutch led off the inning with a single, and he scored on Tim Azera’s triple. Azera then scored on a sacrifice to shortstop by Ryan Finch.
Post 77 was able to hold on from there with Jackson getting three strikeouts over the final two innings.
In the second game Loganville had a runner on base when Azera walked but he was thrown out at home. After Bonilla led off the bottom of the first with a double and scored on a sacrifice by Bailey, Post 233 wasn’t derailed from home plate in the second inning.
Jud Van Deusen walked with one out, moved to second on a walk to Cameron Finch, stole third and scored on a wild pitch. Mike Keenan was the third-straight batter to walk, and Garrett Sizemore drove in Finch and Kennan on a double.
Sizemore scored on a passed ball.
Post 233 added another run in the top of the third, but Conyers responded with three of their own to make it 5-4. Jackson led off with a single, Joey Mitchell walked and Bonilla’s single scored Jackson, while a dropped ball by the catcher allowed Bonilla to go to second and Mitchell to score. Bailey’s RBI then scored Bonilla.
That would be as close as Conyers got with Loganville pulling away with three runs in the fourth inning, two coming unearned and the other on an Azera hit.
Post 233 then tacked on two insurance runs in the top of the seventh on a single by Cameron Finch scoring Kyle Bailey and Ryan Finch.
Conyers had a runner on in the bottom of the seventh on Dawkins’ single, but Allen struck out and Tyler Sanders flew out to center field to end the game.
Hustle play: Former Alcovy star Taylor Jackson attempts to beat out a bunt during Conyers Post 77’s doubleheader split with Loganville Tuesday.