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  • With six starts this season, Roosevelt sophomore Tyler Thorington holds a 5-0 record with a 1.87 ERA and 53 strikeouts in 33.2 innings of work. Photos by Terry Jacoby
  • With six starts this season, Roosevelt sophomore Tyler Thorington holds a 5-0 record with a 1.87 ERA and 53 strikeouts in 33.2 innings of work. Photos by Terry Jacoby
  • With six starts this season, Roosevelt sophomore Tyler Thorington holds a 5-0 record with a 1.87 ERA and 53 strikeouts in 33.2 innings of work. Photos by Terry Jacoby
  • With six starts this season, Roosevelt sophomore Tyler Thorington holds a 5-0 record with a 1.87 ERA and 53 strikeouts in 33.2 innings of work. Photos by Terry Jacoby
  • With six starts this season, Roosevelt sophomore Tyler Thorington holds a 5-0 record with a 1.87 ERA and 53 strikeouts in 33.2 innings of work. Photos by Terry Jacoby
As an eight-year-old Little League Baseball player in Brownstown Township, Tyler Thorington first got his chance to be a pitcher.

When Thorington took the mound that spring, he knew right away it was exactly what he wanted to do and now several years later the Roosevelt sophomore hurler is mowing down hitters at the high school level.

“Ever since then I’ve loved pitching,” said Thorington of his Little League days. “You can control the game. You pretty much set the tone for everyone else to get into the game when you’re on defense and if you feel confident out there, you feel as if nobody is going to touch you and you feel dominant.”

Dominant is exactly what he was in a Wednesday afternoon start at home against Kennedy, as he struck out 10 batters in a complete-game shutout and allowed only three walks and four hits in a 3-0 victory for the Bears.

With six starts this season for Roosevelt, Thorington holds a 5-0 record with a 1.87 ERA and 53 strikeouts in 33.2 innings of work. When not on the mound, he plays shortstop for the Bears and at the plate is hitting .351 with an on-base percentage of .439.

His play on the diamond has already caught the attention of collegiate programs and both Eastern Michigan University and Central Michigan University have expressed interest in him.

As a team this year, Roosevelt has been at the top of the Downriver League all season, despite being an overall young group that has four seniors, eight juniors and two sophomores. As of Wednesday night, the Bears (8-2) and Trenton (9-2) held the best records in the league.

Aside from Thorington, helping to lead the way for the Bears have been strong players such as Austin Petravicius, Andrew Piasecki, Marcial Gomez, Todd Sutherby, William Ososkie and Andrew Hogge.

Thorington said that having a talented group behind him in the field is a big reason for his success on the hill in 2014.

“I just have confidence that I’m going to put the ball where I want it to go,” he said. “I have confidence that I can let (batters) hit it and the people behind me are going to make the plays.”

Aside from baseball, Thorington is also a standout basketball and football player at Roosevelt and this spring marks the third consecutive sports season that the sophomore has made a varsity squad.

On the basketball court this winter, Thorington was an All-News-Herald selection, following a season that featured an average of 8.1 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game.

Last Updated: 5/8/2014 12:40:50 PM EST

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