Rain spoils Conyers' chance at series split
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.
Beau Thomas (above) and Taylor Jackson (below) have been instrumental in Conyers Post 77 success the past two seasons.