Taconic baseball uses seven-run rally to beat Mount Greylock

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MIKE WALSH — THE BERKSHIRE EAGLE
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PITTSFIELD — Cedric Rose and Phil Guest dueled through five scoreless innings Wednesday afternoon at Taconic, before Mount Greylock finally drew blood in the top of the sixth.

After a handful of missed opportunities on both sides, the Mounties finally managed to manufacture a run and give Guest, who doubled in the frame, a slim lead.

Rose stranded his counterpart on second to end the top half, and as fate would have it, was due to lead off the bottom half.

With two at bats under his belt against Guest, the Braves senior blasted an offering halfway up the center field hill at Taconic. He chugged all the way to third before yanking an imaginary arrow out of his quiver and firing it off into the air.

Rose's triple keyed a seven-run rally that forced Greylock to go through three pitchers and delivered the Braves a 7-1 victory.

"I'm hitting the ball well this year, really feeling it and getting into a groove," said Rose. "This year is going well so far. Just hope it continues."

What had all the signs of a nail-biter was blown open by the Taconic (9-3) bats. Dylan Burke scorched a grounder through the shortstop to bring Rose home with the tying run. After Ryan Gaudette singled for the third time and Brendan Stannard took a pitch off the helmet, Anton Lazits chased Guest from the game with a two-run single over shortstop.

With still no outs, Taconic had some opportunity to play with, and RBI fielder's choices by Mike Kays, Austin Rachiele (error) and Rose again, followed. Burke blooped a single to right field to bring home Christian Womble from second, forcing Greylock coach Steve Messina back into his bullpen, where Dom Paris finally halted the parade.

"We had opportunities throughout the game and just couldn't get that key hit. We've got some young kids in big spots," said Stannard. "But I've just got a feeling that we will hit the ball at some point. I think our lineup is solid."

Taconic loaded the bases in the second, put runners on second and third in the third and wasted Gaudette's leadoff single in the fourth, but Guest and his defense were equal each time. Cole Wojtkowski spun a double play to end the second, while the Braves couldn't find open ground against Cal Messina in center field.

Messina made a running catch off a Rose liner, and then dove to rob Rachiele of extra bases. He tracked deep flies to the base of the hill in center twice, before Rose put one where no one could get to it.

The stud center fielder scored the Mounties' lone run in the sixth. He led off with a walk, one of six issued in a near-complete game two-hitter by Rose, and was sacrificed to second. Coach Messina had been trying to get the small ball game working throughout, envisioning a tight game behind Guest's stellar work. It finally paid off, as Messina stole third outright, and Reece Gillette sent a sacrifice fly to right field.

Taconic's bats wouldn't stay quiet any longer, though. Greylock threatened in the seventh with runners on the corners, but Womble came on to end the game, striking out the lone batter he faced.

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Greylock     000     001     0     —     1     2     4

Taconic     000     007     x     —     7     8     0

Phil Guest (5+), Cole Wojtkowski (2/3), Dom Paris (1/3) and Cam Winters. Cedric Rose (6 2/3), Christian Womble (1/3) and Dylan Burke. W — Rose. L — Guest. 2B — MG (Guest). 3B — T (Rose).

Mike Walsh can be reached at mwalsh@berkshireeagle.com, at @CLNS_Walsh on Twitter and 413-496-6240.


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