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BASEBALL: Roosevelt gets walk-off win over Melvindale in 11 innings (PHOTO)

Roosevelt's Joey Loselle had a pair of hits and scored the game's winning run in the Bears' 3-2 win over Melvindale in 11 innings on Wednesday. Photo by Larry Caruso.

In what was originally scheduled to be a doubleheader, Roosevelt and Melvindale only had time for one 11-inning marathon that saw the Bears outlast the Cardinals 3-2.

After several quick innings of quiet bats, Roosevelt put together three singles in the bottom of the 11th, including a game-winning RBI single by Hunter Shurtz that drove in Joey Loselle.

The late rally came after six innings of scoreless baseball as neither team could plate a runner after the fourth inning.

Roosevelt scored a run in each of the first two innings for an early 2-0 lead after Austin Petravicius scored on a throwing error in the first and John Calhoun grounded into a run-scoring fielder’s choice in the second.

Melvindale tied the game in the fourth inning with a pair of runs on a Roosevelt throwing error with two runners on base and an RBI single by Ross Ladach.

From there, each team’s pitching staff and defense took over.

Each starting pitcher went seven innings as Roosevelt’s Justin Armatis struck out 10 and allowed two unearned runs and Melvindale’s Skylar Slotka struck four with two runs (one earned) against.

Both offenses stalled with runners in scoring position as Melvindale stranded runners in each of the first three innings and the Bears grounded into a double play with runners on first and second in the bottom of the 10th.

Shurtz picked up the win by pitching four scoreless innings in relief.

“He is really efficient,” said Roosevelt Coach Brian Cotner of Shurtz, who needed only 40 pitches to get through four frames.

“I was really feeling it on the mound and at the plate and I did it for my city (and) Wyandotte baseball,” Shurtz said.

The strong showings from Shurtz and Armatis come as no surprise to Cotner, but the Roosevelt skipper is still looking for more consistency from the Bears’ offense.

“Our pitching has been good all year,” Cotner said. “We are just struggling to get timely hits and once we do that I think we’ll be fine.

“Every team can improve some certain areas and that’s ours. It’s a confidence issue a lot of times with kids, but this win could be a kickstart,” Cotner said. “We just have to keep taking the things we work on in practice and carry it over into the games.”

Melvindale Coach Merle Shepard finds the Cardinals in a similar situation.

“Obviously, we have to play good defense, but offensively, we have to get more production out of the top of our lineup,” Shepard said. “They have to track the ball, they have to get on base and they have to step up and start producing more.”

Melvindale’s Kress Medina led the Cardinals with three hits.

Tyler Thorington had two hits and two walks for the Bears while Loselle added a pair of hits in the win.

Melvindale will take on Truman on Thursday before hosting Roosevelt on Friday.

Last Updated: 5/13/2013 2:57:53 PM EST

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