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The Roosevelt Bears opted to play through spring break to get a jump start on the season and turned in a second-place finish at the Oakland County Spring Break Tournament last week.

Roosevelt’s Justin Armatis opened the season last Monday in grand fashion with a no-hitter in the Bears’ opening game of the tournament – a 7-0 win over Birmingham Groves.

The righty struck out six and walked three in the gem.

Hunter Shurtz went 3-for-3, Vinnie Jelsomeno drove in a pair of runs and Joey Loselle and Dillon Walsh each went 1-for-3 with a run and an RBI.

The Bears lost to host Bishop Foley later that day.

On Wednesday, the Bears defeated Rochester Stoney Creek 5-2.

Tyler Thorington earned the win after allowing only one run with seven strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings.

The freshman helped his own cause with a double and an RBI.

Jelsomeno went 2-for-4 and Shurtz and Armatis each drove in a pair of runs in the win.

Later that day, the Bears fell 13-3 to Birmingham Groves.

Jelsomeno collected two more hits with an RBI to pace the Bears. Walsh took the loss.

In Saturday’s tournament semifinals, Roosevelt walloped Rochester 9-0.

Armatis twirled another shutout and allowed only three hits with five strikeouts in the win.

Jelsomeno continued his hot hitting and went 2-for-3 with five runs batted in. Jon Cox went 2-for-4 with a pair of runs and an RBI.

Shurtz and Thorington each drove in runs in the victory.

In the title game, Roosevelt could not hang with powerful host Bishop Foley and fell to the Ventures 12-2 in five innings.

Jelsomeno went 2-for-3 with an RBI in the loss and Thorington went 1-for-3 with an RBI.

Roosevelt will open the league season this afternoon at Trenton.

Jags split

Allen Park opened its season with a pair of double headers over the break and enter the Downriver League season with a 2-2 record.

On Tuesday, the Jags took on Westland John Glenn for a pair of games and split a pair of close games.

John Glenn won the first game 13-12. Kyle Roberts took the loss on the mound, but led the Jags with three hits while Nick Willetts went 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Allen Park rebounded to win the second game 9-0.

Jake Makowski earned the win and Roberts had another solid game at the plate, going 4-for-5 with an RBI.

On Saturday, the Jags went 1-1 against Ann Arbor Huron.

Willetts took the mound in Game 1 and helped lead the Jags to a 10-4 victory.

Jimmy Howell went 3-for-4 and drove in three runs to lead Allen Park.

Huron rebounded and took the second game 7-4.

Dylan Pippin took the loss for the Jags, but Roberts and Howell continued to swing hot bats. Each player went 2-for-4 with Howell driving in one run.

Allen Park will travel to Carlson this afternoon, will host Kennedy on Friday and will battle Northville in a doubleheader on Saturday.

Cabrini drops two

The season started on a sour note for the Cabrini baseball team as the Monarchs dropped an early season doubleheader to Pontiac Notre Dame Prep April 6. Cabrini lost the first game 5-4 and the second game 10-2.

The second game was a 4-2 affair heading into the seventh inning, but ND Prep scored six times in the top of that inning to make the game a runaway.

Cabrini scored both its runs in the sixth inning when the ND right fielder dropped Nick Shirey’s fly ball, allowing Erik Hicks and Mike Kuschel to score.

Hicks was on base four times in the game with two walks and two singles.

Cabrini fell behind 5-0 in the first game but came roaring back with a four-run sixth. The Monarchs had the potential tying run on third with two out in that inning, but could not get it home.

Jared Hicks had a bases-loaded double to plate three runs and he scored on Paul Girard’s triple.

Erik Hicks pitched five innings, striking out 10, but took the loss. Robbie DeBlander turned in two innings of scoreless relief.

Erik Hicks was on base three times, each time after being hit by a pitch.

“Our hitting was totally off,” said Cabrini Coach Doug Sombati. “Hopefully we can fix it soon.

“Both games were very similar; they took advantage of their chances and we didn’t.”

Cabrini was at Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard April 9 and goes to Macomb Lutheran North April 12.

Last Updated: 4/9/2013 1:20:28 PM EST