PITTSFIELD -- Nothing seemed to go right for Taconic in the first hour of its game with crosstown rival Pittsfield on Sunday.
After giving up a run in the first, Taconic's bats went silent, striking out three times with at least two on in the next two innings.
"I'm thinking that [one run] was going to hold up because we weren't swinging the bats," said Braves coach Kevin Stannard. "There's just something about these kids. ... They understand how we operate. They don't panic. It's a nice thing. You know they're going to be here for seven innings."
Taconic finally got the hits it needed in the fifth and sixth innings, scoring four runs in each frame to roar back to an 8-3 victory at Clapp Park. Jake Carlson's deep, two-run double off Tanner Hanford tied the game in the fifth before Josh Berthiaume brought home Joey Dewey for the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly.
The Braves added another four runs in the next inning off five more hits, including an Alex Carusotto double.
"We weren't hitting the ball [earlier]," Carlson said. "[Hanford] was throwing good. He started to get tired and it helped us out."
Hanford left in the fifth with seven strikeouts, but Generals coach Bob Moynihan said those lengthy, early innings may have made the pitcher tire early. Taconic had the bases loaded in the second with just one out and failed to score. The Braves had runners on second and third the next inning, only to come up empty against Hanford again.
Taconic's Brian Bonacquisti said by the second or third time through the lineup, the Braves were able to swing more aggressively. Hanford couldn't slip away in the late innings.
"When you get in those type of situations early, your pitch count's getting up there letting that many guys on base in an inning," Moynihan said. "You like to have quick innings. If you get out of an inning with 12 pitches you can go all the way. We extended the innings and pitch count starts getting up there and you get worn down."
Taconic pitcher Jordan Barbarotta seemed to get stronger as the game wore on, pitching around three early runs. After Chad Shade scored in the first, a two-run single from Anthony Jones in the third was all the offense Pittsfield could muster.
The Generals had just two hits over the last four innings. Barbarotta was perfect in the sixth and seventh innings, finishing with seven strikeouts.
"It's hard to stay up once you start losing the lead," Shade said. "They're starting to rally up and get the momentum. It makes it tougher on you."
The Braves were able to apply pressure with their bats, something that has concerned Stannard early on this season. Taconic picked a good time to come alive.
"I thought [hitting] was going to be one of our strengths," Stannard said. "I don't know if it's been the cold weather that we just haven't got the bats going. I don't know what clicked in that fifth inning, but it was nice to see us start swinging the bats finally."
Taconic 8, Pittsfield 3
Taconic 000 044 0 -- 8 9 3
Pittsfield 102 000 0 -- 3 6 2
Jordan Barbarotta and Brian Bonacquisti; Tanner Hanford (4 1/3), Ben Stohr and Justin Hopkins. W -- Barbarotta. L -- Hanford. 2B -- Pittsfield 1 (Bobby New). Taconic 2 (Alex Carusotto, Jake Carlson).