PITTSFIELD -- Having already won the completion of an April 27 suspended game against Mount Greylock, the Taconic baseball team was down five runs and three outs away from splitting the quasi-doubleheader. The Braves would have none of that.
Seven consecutive Taconic batters reached base in the bottom of the seventh and Kevin Squires' two-run double plated the tying and winning runs as the Northern Division champion Braves beat Southern Division champion Greylock 8-7 in the Berkshire Classic on Wednesday afternoon.
The visiting Mounties had scored four runs in the top of the seventh inning to increase the lead to 7-2. That set the stage for Taconic's comeback for the ages.
"That seventh inning for us was one of the ugliest innings we put together in the field for a while," said Taconic coach Kevin Stannard. "That's the thing we like about this team. They haven't quit all year. No matter how we look early in a game, they stay focused and stay positive."
Squires hit a 3-2 high fastball from Greylock reliever Ben Coleman into the gap between Derek Romejko in left and Sean Houston in center. That plated Brian Bonacquisti with the tying run and Mitch Clary with the winning run.
"It's my second walk-off. My first one was against Westfield in the bottom of the ninth," said Squires. "It is different. It [could] get us a better seed in Western Mass., and hopefully, we can keep it up.
In the first game, Jordan Barbarotta completed the game he started on April 27 as Taconic beat Greylock 8-5.
The Classic game was tight through the first six innings. Greylock scored twice in the first inning on an RBI double by Eric Leitch and Nick DiSanti reached on an error, getting an RBI in the process.
The Braves trailed 3-0 before getting single runs in the third and fifth innings. It looked like the game was going down to the final pitch before the Mounties got four runs on five hits. Romejko drove in the final run off reliever Kyle Card, making it 7-2. Alex Carusotto came on and struck out Sean Houston to end the inning.
"I never think its over, but I felt a lot more comfortable going into the bottom of the seventh than I did going into the bottom of the sixth," said Greylock coach Steve Messina. "You have to give [Taconic] credit. They hit the ball. They weren't errors. They were all well-hit balls in the holes. You can't do much about that."
Ian Brink came on for Andrew Leitch in the sixth and then ran into trouble in the seventh. After Bonacquisti drove in a run to make it 7-4, Coleman came out of the bullpen. Clary hit a one-strike pitch the other way for a two-run single to right. Then Squires hit a 3-2 pitch to left-center, giving Taconic the win.
The first game was ordered replayed from the bottom of the fifth inning with Greylock trailing 8-3. The Mounties won an appeal of an umpire's ruling. Greylock cut the Taconic lead to 8-5, but Barbarotta pitched out of jams in the sixth and seventh innings to get the win.
Taconic 8, Mount Greylock 5
Taconic 100 610 0--8 14 0
Greylock 000 230 0--5 8 1
Jordan Barbarotta and Brian Bonacquisti. Andrew Leitch (3+), Ben Coleman (4) and Nick DiSanti. W -- Barbarotta. L -- Leitch. 2B -- Greylock (DiSanti); Taconic (Alex Carusotto). 3B -- Greylock (Houston).
Taconic 8, Greylock 7
Greylock 201 000 4--7 10 2
Taconic 001 010 6--8 11 1
No outs when winning run scored
Andrew Leitch (5+), Ian Brink (1+), Ben Coleman (0) and Nick DiSanti. Joey Dewey (6), Kyle Card (2/3), Alex Carusotto (1/3). W -- Carusotto. L -- Coleman. 2B -- Greylock (Eric Leitch). Taconic 2 (Kevin Squires, Carusotto).