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Carlson upsets Roosevelt in battle of young hurlers PHOTO GALLERY

  • Carlson starting pitcher Zach Kohn went the distance on Saturday and led his team to a 1-0 upset of Roosevelt, which came in as 2014 co-league champs. Photo gallery by Frank Wladyslawski

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Baseball - 5/31/2014 10:00 a.m.

Wyandotte Roosevelt 0
Gibraltar Carlson 1

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Carlson’s Zach Kohn and Roosevelt’s Tyler Thorington gave Downriver League baseball fans a glimpse into the future during Saturday’s first Division 1, District 14 semifinal in Woodhaven.

Just sophomores, the two starters faced off in an impressive pitcher’s duel that resulted in a 1-0 upset win for the Marauders (8-9) against the league co-champion Bears (15-3 DRL).

With two outs and bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh, the pair battled directly, as Thorington stepped to the plate with a chance to tie it or win it. After going to a 2-2 count, Kohn was able to get his counterpart swinging and wrapped up the victory.

Kohn, who is friends with Thorington off the field, said that he enjoys being in such pressure-packed situations.

“I like that, I like competition,” he said. “The bigger the stage, it seems like the better I do. I was kind of hoping I’d face a good hitter. My buddy Thorington got up; luckily I could shut him down. That’s what sports are about.”

For the day, both young hurlers went the distance, with Kohn striking out eight batters and allowing three hits and four walks. Thorington fanned nine hitters, allowed six hits and yielded two walks in his seven innings of work.

Unfortunately for Roosevelt, the pair of free passes came in the top of the seventh inning and led to Carlson’s lone run.

Kyle Howard and Anthony Martucci led off the seventh for the Marauders with walks and both moved up on a sacrifice bunt by Adam Lizyness. Howard was later tagged out at the plate on a failed suicide squeeze attempt, but a base hit by Ryan Kroll allowed Martucci to come across and break the scoreless tie.

In the bottom half of the inning, one-out walks got William Ososkie and Gino Martino on base and Austin Petravicius was intentionally walked after an Andrew Piasecki sacrifice. However, the Bears ultimately stranded all three runners to end the game.

Kroll finished 2-for-3 for the game with the one RBI, Steve McIsaac was 2-for-3, while Lizyness and Coleman each had one hit.

Roosevelt’s three hits on the day belonged to Thorington, Martino and Marcial Gomez.

Last Updated: 6/1/2014 2:28:05 AM EST