SPRINGFIELD -- Taconic pitcher Jordan Barbarotta took to an outdoor mound for the first time on Wednesday, but looked like he was in mid-season form.
The senior right-hander scattered four hits and struck out nine as the Braves beat Sci-Tech 5-3 in their season opener.
Barbarotta gave up only one earned run and walked one in going the distance. He struck out the final five CyberCat batters he faced.
"He was in control all day," said Taconic coach Kevin Stannard. "He made a few mistakes on their hits being ahead [in the count] 0-2. His fastball, his curve were working great. He kept them off balance."
The Braves offense, meanwhile, was pretty off balance in the first five innings. Taconic had scored a first-inning run and had only one hit over the first five innngs. The Braves broke out in the top of the sixth.
With one out and Barbarotta on first, Alex Carusotto reached on a swinging-bunt single. Barbarotta scored on a base hit by Brian Bonacquisti and Mitch Clary followed with a two-run double. Clary took third on the throw home, and later scored on Josh Berthiaume's sacrifice fly.
Ivan Diaz drove in one of Sci-Tech's two runs in the sixth inning, but the CyberCats got no closer than 5-3.
Despite the win in Taconic's first time outdoors, Stannard said there is still work to be done.
"This team is capable of playing a lot better," he said. "That's for sure."
Taconic 5, Sci-Tech 3
Taconic 100 004 0--5 4 4
Sci-Tech 100 002 0--3 4 3
Jordan Barbarotta and Brian Bonacquisti. Bobby Luna (5 1/3), Ivan Diaz (2/3), Juan Garcia (1) and Kendrick Santos. WP--Barbarotta. LP--Luna. 2B-- T (Mitch Clary); ST (Diaz).