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Thorpe tops Weatherly

The big inning is something every baseball team strives for.

A tie game can get out of hand quickly if a team is able to get hot from the plate.

In a non-league matchup with fellow Carbon County foe Weatherly on Tuesday, Jim Thorpe was able to do just that.

A big second inning by the Olympians gave them the cushion they needed to come away with a 10-2 victory.

After the first, the contest was knotted at 1-1 after Ben Ramirez drove in a run for the Wreckers and Jared Marykwas knocked one home for Thorpe.

The Olympians (3-1) got off to a good start in the top of the second defensively after pitcher DJ Richebacher struck out the side. Thorpe carried that momentum into the bottom half of the inning, before coming through with its big frame.

Colby McHugh got things started with a single, which was later followed by RBI singles from Spencer Hunsicker and Caiden Hurley. The inning continued as Jared Joyce singled and Ian Hubbard walked. Marykwas extended the advantage with a two-run double.

In all, Thorpe scored five runs in the inning on five hits to to take a 6-1 lead.

“I thought we hit the ball hard today and made good contact, but I also think there were some opportunities we left out there that we could’ve been a little better,” said Jim Thorpe head coach Joe Marykwas. “It’s still early, but the goal is to get better every day. We have a tough stretch coming up, and we’re going to need to convert when we have key opportunities.”

With pitching is a huge recipe for success during an always jam-packed high school season, Thorpe was able to get a number of hurlers work while keeping the Wreckers’ lineup at bay.

Richebacher pitched two solid innings, giving up just one run on one hit and striking out three. Hunsicker was solid as well, striking out three through two innings.

Though he only pitched an innning and two-thirds, Rich Strack may have had the most pivotal pitching performance of the day for Thorpe. Strack was called on to come in with the bases loaded in the fifth and got the Olympians out of the jam.

Thorpe was able to get five pitchers work, and they combined to allow just two runs on two hits.

“Pitching-wise, we were solid today,” said coach Marykwas. “Here or there we had some shaky moments, but we held them to two runs, so that was a good result. We were able to get four or five guys work, and we were able to mix some guys in there to get varsity innings early in the season. That will only help us as the season moves forward.”

The Olympians tacked on two more runs in the fourth, and two in the sixth. Weatherly added one in the fifth.

TOUGH STRETCH … Thorpe faces a tough slate of games as it takes on Pottsville, Schuylkill Haven, North Schuylkill, Lehighton and Tamaqua in the next seven days.

ON FIRE ... The Olympians’ Jared Marykwas is a video-game like 13-of-14 (.929 batting average) to start the season from the plate. He was 13-of-13 before a foul out down the first baseline on his last at-bat against the Wreckers. He collected three hits and three RBIs. Hunsicker, Joyce, and McHugh helped out Marykwas with two hits apiece.

Weatherly 100 010 0 - 2 2 4

Jim Thorpe 150 202 x - 10 12 1

Covelo, Ramirez (4) and Colecio; Richerbacher, Hunsicker (3), McHugh (4), Strack (4), Joyce (6) and Wimmer; W - Hunsicker L - Covelo.