11-run fourth inning leads Taconic baseball to 17-2 rout of Drury


PITTSFIELD -- Joey Dewey's control wasn't stellar in every inning Monday against Drury.

It didn't really have to be, either. Taconic's offense gave him more than enough support.

The Braves scored 11 times in the bottom of the fourth inning en route to a 17-2 mercy-rule win over the Blue Devils.

Every Taconic starter scored at least one run, and three Braves -- Dewey, Mitch Clary and Steve Witkowski -- drove in four runs or more. Dewey and Witkowski drove in five each for Taconic (2-2, 2-1 North), which led 4-0 before its biggest inning.

"It was nice to see everyone contribute," Taconic coach Kevin Stannard said. "One through nine, it was nice. Hopefully that continues right on through the rest of the season. ... We've got five seniors on the team, and hopefully they can continue to swing the bats real well."

Dewey went five innings on the mound, giving up a pair of fifth-inning runs and working through control issues to scatter three hits while striking out seven and stranding five baserunners.

He admitted high winds affected his delivery, but he was able to stick it out.

"My catcher brought me out [in the third inning] and calmed me down," Dewey said of battery mate Kevin Squires. "That just got me right back in the strike zone."

Taconic batted around in the fourth, with Witkowski's bases-clearing double to right center being the big hit. Witkowski, Dewey and Clary drove in multiple runs in the frame, as the Braves chased Schuyler Robinson and hit reliever Shane Garvey.

Drury managed just one hit before the top of the fifth, but got a two-out triple to right field from pinch hitter Thaylen Harrison. He and Tyler Briggs, who walked, would score on Robinson's single to left.

Taconic forced the mercy-rule end to the game, though, in the bottom of the fifth. With one out, Dan Carroll walked and was followed by Abdiel Cotto, who singled. Three batters later, with the bases loaded, Dewey singled to left to score Carroll and Cotto to end the game.

"There's no doubt about it -- this is a good hitting team," Drury coach Pat Boulger said. "Our ball got up, and they took advantage of it. We didn't make adjustments from a pitching standpoint or a fielding standpoint. We didn't help each other out a couple of times in the field, and you can't give a team like that opportunities. You can't give them outs."

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