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This swing resulted in a grand slam for Vinnie Jelsomeno and the Roosevelt Bears in their 8-1 victory over Trenton on Thursday. Photo by Dave Chapman.


BASEBALL: Grand slam highlights Roosevelt win over Trenton (PHOTO)

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A dominant pitching performance and one big blast powered the Roosevelt Bears to an 8-1 road victory at Trenton on Thursday.

Freshman Tyler Thorington allowed only two hits and one earned run with eight strikeouts in the complete game victory, but the Roosevelt righty got some help from his offense.

The Bears pounded out seven hits and took advantage of three Trojan errors in a game they led from the opening inning.

An RBI double from Justin Armatis and an RBI single from Hunter Shurtz gave the Bears a quick 2-0 lead in the top of the first.

Trenton answered in the bottom of the inning when Nate Donovan hit a triple and scored on a passed ball to cut the Roosevelt lead in half.

Austin Petravicius put the Bears back up by two in the top of the second with a two-out infield single that plated John Calhoun for a 3-1 Roosevelt advantage.

Roosevelt blew the game open in the fourth inning when a walk, a popup bunt that just wouldn’t roll foul and a ringing single loaded the bases for the Bears. After a Blake Baldwin run-scoring walk, Vinnie Jelsomeno hit the first pitch he saw over the right field fence for a grand slam.

“We’ve had bases loaded many times this year and we’ve done nothing, so it was nice to see him put a bat on the ball and do something good with it,” Roosevelt Coach Brian Cotner said.

That was more than enough for Thorington, who retired 12 consecutive batters after allowing his lone run in the first.

“Every single game, he has come out and pitched effectively with getting ahead of batters,” Cotner said. “He’s shown a lot of poise and for a freshman, that’s incredible.”

On April 26, Thorington allowed only one run in nine innings in a 2-1 win over the Trojans.

“I think he just had a good game on the mound and in combination with us not making adjustments,” Trenton Coach Todd Szalka said. “He’s done this and beaten us twice now, so he must be doing something right.”

Jelsomeno was 1-for-4 with two runs and four RBIs, Petravicius was 2-for-3 with and RBI and Armatis was 2-for-4 with an RBI.

“Today, we had a look in our eye that at the start of the game that we haven’t seen in a while, which is good,” Cotner said.

The Bears will look to carry their momentum into the Armed Forces Tournament in Novi on Saturday.

Trenton will be one of the host sites of local Armed Forces Invitational on Saturday and will look to start showing improvements as districts approach.

“It’s comes down to being focused and coming ready to play,” Szalka said. “We’ve been inconsistent all year and we’re not making the routine plays. When you’re not making routine plays and playing good defense and having good plate appearance, you can talk all day about the things you need to do to be effective and we’re just not doing that right now.”

Last Updated: 5/16/2013 11:39:40 PM EST