CONYERS - The Conyers Post 77 American Legion baseball team could not overcome a tirade of hits administered by Loganville Post 233 in doubleheader play Monday, losing both games, 15-6 and 12-3.
Although Post 77 faired better when it met Loganville a week ago, winning 8-3, it was a different story this time around.
In the first game, Loganville jumped to an early 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning off three hits by Post 77 starter Patrick Jansen.
Loganville locked in on Jansen from the very beginning, scoring in six of seven innings, including 14 hits and a solo home run by catcher Ryan Kirkland.
The hometown club, which features three Newton County high school players, was disappointed in its performance against what coach Eddie Bagwell deemed "a very good team."
"When you go up against a team that good you just can't give them more opportunities than they deserve, and we did," Bagwell said.
The second game was no reprieve for Post 77, with Loganville tallying as many hits as it did in the opener.
But it was the fifth inning that was the deciding frame, when Loganville exploded for six runs off Clint Ogle.
"I have to take the blame for the loss," Bagwell said. "I take full responsibility for the loss. I should have been more aggressive as a coach. I need to do better in preparing my guys for these games."
Despite the losses, Bagwell has high hopes regarding his squad's position at this point in the season.
"We gave ourselves a chance by winning the first five games," he said.
Bagwell pointed out several positives against Loganville, making him all the more confident in his team's ability.
"I was pleased with what (Eastside's) Bobby Coggins and Ogle did at the plate," Bagwell said. "I was also pleased with the performance of Jansen and Ogle on the mound."
Coggins went 3-for-4 in the loss.
"We aren't down," Coggins said. "We will learn from this and go on."
That being said, Conyers Post 77 is 5-2 at the midway point in area play, and right on course for an area championship.
"Our team is embarrassed with its performance, just as I am with my coaching," Bagwell noted. "Believe me, we'll be ready the next time we hit the field."