Rain spoils Cony­ers' chance at se­ries split

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Rain spoils Cony­ers' chance at a se­ries split

The say­ing goes good things come to those who wait.

Well that’s what will have to hap­pen for those wait­ing to see who will be sec­ond place in the area for Amer­i­can Le­gion base­ball teams.

Amer­i­can Le­gion Post 77 Cony­ers and Rock­dale played a dou­ble header to de­ter­mine that stand­ing Thurs­day night, and Rock­dale took the first game 3-2. Cony­ers went up 5-3 in the sec­ond, but the re­sult would be un­set­tled as storms post­poned the game early in the fourth in­ning at around 9:30 p.m.

The two teams still re­mained tied be­hind Douglasville with one week re­main­ing be­fore state play­offs in Al­bany.

Thurs­day night’s first game was one fit­ting of the ri­valry as it took eight in­nings to fin­ish af­ter Cony­ers jumped out to a 2-0 lead. Cony­ers scored in the top of the sec­ond in­ning af­ter Seth Allen reached on a fielder’s choice, and was driven home two bat­ters later on an RBI sin­gle by Ryan Con­ner. Cony­ers tacked on the sec­ond run when Beau Thomas scored on an RBI sin­gle by Joey Mitchell.

Rock­dale cut the lead in half as Cody Wofford scored on a sac­ri­fice by Justin Guy. Rock­dale then tied it in the bot­tom of the sec­ond, with Wofford cross­ing the plate on a sac­ri­fice by Brad Blount.

The game reached the top of the eight af­ter Rock­dale tal­lied five hits, and Cony­ers 10, while leav­ing 10 run­ners stranded.

From that point Rock­dale de­liv­ered in the bot­tom of the eighth af­ter Andrew Crum­b­ley led off with a strike­out. Wofford then sin­gled, fol­lowed by a walk from Blount. Guy then stepped up to the plate with Wofford on sec­ond and Blount on first, and hit a sin­gle over the short­stop’s head.

The run spoiled an eight-in­ning, five-hit, four-strike­out per­for­mance from Thomas.

“Beau Thomas de­served a win,” Cony­ers coach Ed­die Bag­well said. “If we sup­port him with some runs, he wins that game go­ing away. We left eight run­ners in scor­ing po­si­tion stranded. We were 2 for 10 with run­ners in scor­ing po­si­tion.”

Thomas and Cony­ers catcher Tay­lor Jack­son are also team­mates at Andrew Col­lege. The two have been team­mates the past six years while at Al­covy and Post 77 and Andrew.

The sec­ond game didn’t start out much bet­ter for Cony­ers, who left five run­ners on base in the first two in­nings. Cony­ers started to make up for it in the third as Tyler San­ders hit a grand slam with no outs, scor­ing Jimmy Ger­ard, Kevin Dawkins and Thomas.

Kirk Gib­son started for Rock­dale, but was chased out af­ter two in­nings with eight hits and five runs al­lowed.

The two teams are hop­ing to fin­ish the sec­ond game on Wed­nes­day night.

Cony­ers plays its last reg­u­lar sea­son game Mon­day. Post 77 will travel to Al­pharetta to wrap up the sea­son be­fore the state play­offs be­gin July 22 at Al­bany. Cony­ers is the de­fend­ing state cham­pion and will be look­ing to make it to the South­east Re­gion­als in Sumter S.C. then the Le­gion World Se­ries in Shelby N.C.

Bryan Fazio/the Cov­ing­ton News

Beau Thomas (above) and Tay­lor Jack­son (be­low) have been in­stru­men­tal in Cony­ers Post 77 suc­cess the past two sea­sons.

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