Lo­cal stars face off in Post 77 match

Lo­cal prep stars power Cony­ers Post 77 to split with Rock­dale

The Covington News - - N0, - Mike Stone sports@cov­news.com

The city/county clash in Cony­ers yes­ter­day had noth­ing to do with taxes or ju­ris­dic­tional is­sues; this one in­volved pri­mar­ily pitch­ing and de­fense.

The two base­ball squads from Amer­i­can Le­gion Post 77 squared off in a dou­ble header with the Rock­dale County team win­ning the first game 4-0 and the Cony­ers team win­ning the night­cap 4-3.

“Our pitch­ers did an out­stand­ing job in both games,” Cony­ers coach Ed­die Bag­well said. “We’re just strug­gling to score any runs. We didn’t get the clutch hits when we needed them in the first game.”

In that game, Rock­dale’s Corey Har­mon scat­tered five hits and pitched five shutout in­nings. Andrew Crum­b­ley came on in re­lief and held Cony­ers off the score­board as well, fan­ning three and wig­gling out of a bases loaded jam in the bot­tom of the sev­enth.

Crum­b­ley also scored the first two runs for Rock­dale, sin­gling to cen­ter in the top of the third and ul­ti­mately scor­ing on an er­ror. Rock­dale had two with only one out, but Cony­ers turned a nice dou­ble to avoid fur­ther dam­age.

In the top of the fifth, Crum­b­ley dou­bled, and Dakota Cole drove him in with a sin­gle.

Rock­dale added a pair of in­surance runs in the top of the sev­enth. Cody Wofford sin­gled and then scored on a dou­ble by Har­mon. Robert Bell then sin­gled up the mid­dle to score Har­mon.

Cony­ers took an early 1-0 lead in game two. Af­ter Tay­lor Jack­son got the first three Rock­dale hit­ters in or­der in the top of the first, Seth Allen cracked a sin­gle to cen­ter and ad­vanced to sec­ond on a ground out by Jeremy Sparks. Josh Bai­ley fol­lowed with a sin­gle, ad­vanc­ing Allen to third. Beau Thomas drove in Allen with a sac­ri­fice fly to deep cen­ter.

Har­mon tied the game with a home run in the top of the sec­ond, but Cony­ers turned an­other dou­ble play to get out of the in­ning.

Cony­ers re­gained the lead in the bot­tom of the third. With two out, Sparks sin­gled to cen­ter. Bai­ley fol­lowed with an­other sin­gle. Thomas popped the ball up, but the Rock­dale in­field couldn’t field it cleanly and Sparks scored with Bai­ley ad­vanc­ing to third. Bai­ley then scored on a wild pitch.

Rock­dale’s Cole Peeples cracked a tow­er­ing home run in the top of the fifth, to put his team within a run of Cony­ers and Wofford scored on a squeeze bunt by Har­mon in the top of the sixth to knot the score at three all.

But Cony­ers scratched out a run in the bot­tom of the sev­enth when Sparks walked, took sec­ond on a wild pitch and scored on a sin­gle by Bai­ley.

Both teams flashed some out­stand­ing de­fense. Dakota Cole made a nice div­ing catch to rob Jimmy Ger­ard of a base hit in the sec­ond game, and Cole Peeples fielded what amounted to a swing­ing bunt and made a nice throw to first. Cony­ers short­stop Levi Bonilla showed ex­cel­lent range and strong throw­ing arm on sev­eral putouts.

Robert Porter//the Cov­ing­ton News

Beau Thomas pitches dur­ing Cony­ers Post 77's split with Rock­dale Thurs­day. Thomas was one of sev­eral for­mer New­ton County prep base­ball stars to have a hand in the Game 2 win.

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