Travis Taylor outlasted Brandon Jackson in an interesting pitcher’s duel as the Supplement Shack Junior Barons eked out a 4-3 win over Mount Pearl Friday night.
Taylor helped the hometown Barons improve to 2-0 on the opening day of the provincial Molson junior baseball tournament by tossing a three-hitter in a complete game.
He gave up three runs on three hits and six walks, while marking up seven strikeouts in the win.
Jackson was equally impressive for the Mount Pearl squad, allowing four runs on seven hits and seven walks over 6 1.3 innings. The crafty right-handed marked up 12 strikeouts to keep his game in a ball game the Mount boys trailed 2-0 in the fourth.
Michael McWhirter went 2-for-4 with a triple and a run scored to lead the charge for the Barons, while Colton Kennedy went 1-for-3 with a single driving in Jay Warford with the winning run in the bottom half of the seventh inning.
Daniel Humber had a two-run bloop single to left in the fourth inning to drive in the first two runs for the Barons.
Earlier in the day, Daniel McCarthy tossed a three-hitter and only walked three batters in a complete game as the Barons opened the tournament with a 2-1 victory over the Gander Pilots.
Matt Flynn took the loss for the Pilots after surrendering two runs on six hits.
Doug King was the top hitter for the Barons going 2-for-2 with an RBI, while Daniel Humber went 1-for-2 with a run scored.
The other round-robin game on Day 1 at Jubilee Field saw the defending champion St. John’s Capitals 9-3 with Andrew Paul tossing a three-hitter in a complete game.
Tournament play resumes today at 9 a.m. with the Capitals squaring off with the Pilots.