Thorsby’s magic ends in final four

Published 4:58 pm Friday, May 11, 2018

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Thorsby’s magical run through the Class 2A baseball playoffs came to an end in the state semifinals with a pair of losses, 5-2 and 10-7, on the road against Mars Hill Bible School on May 10.

The Rebels had not lost a game in quite some time after rolling through the area tournament and first three rounds en route to a final four appearance.

Despite outhitting Mars Hill 6-4 in Game 1, Thorsby was unable to capitalize on its opportunities.

The Rebels left seven runners stranded on base during a 5-2 loss.

Trent Jones pitched a solid game on the mound, as he struck out five batters and allowed just three earned runs on four hits over six innings of work.

Ricky Sorcia and Jacob Lockhart drove in Thorsby’s two runs, while Grayson Bice continued his hot streak at the plate with a 2-for-3 performance.

Game 2 was a showcase of resiliency by Thorsby after falling behind 8-0 heading into the third inning.

The Rebels did not back down and attempted to claw its way back with four runs in the third and three in the final inning.

However, the deficit was too vast, and the Thorsby comeback attempt came up short during a 10-7 defeat.

Five Thorsby errors proved costly, and each led to another run on the scoreboard for Mars Hill.

The mistakes in the field resulted in starting pitcher Tucker Patterson getting replaced early in the fourth inning despite surrendering just one hit.

Bice, Tanner Jones, Chase Birchfield, Trent Jones and Sorcia accounted for 10 of Thorsby’s 12 hits in Game 2.

The final hit of Sorcia’s high school career was a triple.

After starting on the mound in Game 1, Trent Jones drove in three runs to lead the team in Game 2.

Despite missing out on the chance to play for a state title, Thorsby’s 2018 baseball season will go down as one that will be remembered for years to come.