Post 77 splits twin­bill with Lo­ganville

For­mer Al­covy star Jack­son dom­i­nate on the mound in 4-2 win

The Covington News - - Sports - Bryan Fazio sports@cov­

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.

Bryan Fazio/the Cov­ing­ton News

Hus­tle play: For­mer Al­covy star Tay­lor Jack­son at­tempts to beat out a bunt dur­ing Cony­ers Post 77’s dou­ble­header split with Lo­ganville Tues­day.

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