Conyers Post 77 came into postseason play with a bang. Unfortunately, they left with one too.
Coach Eddie Bagwell's squad, who won the American Legion Georgia State Championship at the end of last month, saw its Southeast Regional Legion Tournament run come to a crushing end with a 13-0 rout at the hands of the North Carolina Legion champs, Salisbury, N.C. on Sunday.
The loss came a day after Conyers' shocking, ninth-inning loss to the Alabama Legion champs from Tuscaloosa. Conyers brought in David Lockwood instead of usual closer Brandon Crumbley to finish things off and Tuscaloosa made them pay. Pinch-hitter Terrance Dedrick clubbed a three-run homer that proved to be the difference in Post 77's first postseason loss of the year.
Since the tournament is double elimination, Conyers had an outside shot at a run through the losers bracket to force another shot at the Southeast Regional title. Those hopes ended with a 13-0 throttling that was over by the fourth inning. After giving up two runs in the first inning, Conyers saw leadoff hitter Trey Holmes hit a three-run homer to help Salisbury to a 7-0 lead after two innings. A Holmes double in the fourth was one of four RBI provided by Salisbury in the inning, giving the North Carolina squad an 11-0 lead after four frames. Salisbury infielder Philip Miclat plated two runs with a double the next inning to seal the scoring for the winners.
The explosive Conyers lineup managed just four hits in the game, and pitchers Beau Thomas and Travis Tartleton allowed 11 earned runs in three innings pitched.
Conyers outscored opponents 5-0 in the tourney's first two games, and were outscored 20-4 in the team's last two contests.