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  • Tyler Thorington and the Roosevelt Bears came away with an 8-1 victory on Wednesday afternoon against Trenton in what was a battle of two teams tied for first place in the Downriver League. Photo by Frank Wladyslawski
Although Roosevelt was forced to play a big home game on the road Wednesday afternoon, it didn’t seem to bother the team at all.

The Bears (13-9, 9-2 Downriver League) traveled to Trenton for a battle of first-place squads and came out on top 8-1 against the Trojans (18-5, 10-3 DRL) and with sole possession of the league’s top spot.

Recent heavy rains left Roosevelt’s field unplayable, so the contest was moved to Trenton, with the Bears still acting as home team.

Starting pitcher Tyler Thorington threw a complete game for Roosevelt and improved to 6-0 on the season, as he allowed only one late run, struck out six batters and yielded just four hits and four walks.

Thorington was also big at the plate, as he was 3-for-4 with two RBIs, a run scored and a stolen base.

Austin Petravicius led off the bottom of the first for the Bears by reaching on error and soon after came in with his first of three runs scored on the day, following a hit by Thorington.

Two batters later, a double by Michael Bennett plated Thorington to put the Bears up 2-0 and then a Gino Martino single drove in a third run. Bennett finished 1-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored, while Martino was 1-for-3 with an RBI.

Roosevelt extended its lead to 4-0 in the second inning after Petravicius singled to drive in William Ososkie, who had reached on an error. A total of four errors were committed by the Trojans on Wednesday.

“We got down early, I think we lacked a little bit of focus today,” said Trenton Coach Todd Szalka. “They were able to capitalize on our mistakes early on and when you’ve got a pitcher on the mound like they had today, you get down early you’re in a tough situation.”

The Bears added three more runs in the fourth and one in the sixth as Thorington and Marcial Gomez both had fourth-inning RBIs and Petravicius scored in both innings.

While the pitching was impressive for Roosevelt on Wednesday, Bears Coach Brian Cotner said he was really happy to see the bats come alive.

“Tyler Thorington coming out is obviously going to give us a good chance to win, but what was nice was we did nice job at the plate,” Cotner said.

Trenton’s biggest offensive threat of the day came in the fifth inning, as the squad loaded the bases after walks to Brett Murray and Ryunosuke Ando and a single by Drew Johnson. However, with two outs, Thorington was able to make a tough play on a ball hit back his way and retired Jerry Labell at first.

To get on the board in the final inning, Ando reached on an error and was later knocked in on a single by Labell.

The Trojans’ other two hits for the day belonged to Brady Tanguay, who reached on a bunt single in the second and had a base hit in the sixth.

Next up for Roosevelt is a doubleheader tomorrow against Truman, while Trenton will play Friday at home against Truman.









Last Updated: 5/14/2014 11:19:23 PM EST

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