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SYLVAN HILLS BASEBALL | Bears back from break

Sylvan Hills came back from some serious competition in Florida on spring break and while they kept up their high level of play, the competition got a little bit softer.

The Bears hosted the Mills Comets last week and swept the conference double-header 10-0 and 18-0.

Sylvan Hills struggled to score early on in both games, but the outcome was never in doubt as the Bears showed off some dominating pitching.

The first game went five innings before the mercy rule set it. In those five innings, starting pitcher Hunter Heslep tossed a no-hitter while fanning 12 of the 15 batters who made outs. He issued three walks in the win.

The second game was an inning shorter, but even more of a blowout as the Bears received another complete game no-hitter from their starting pitcher. Connor Poteet struck out seven while walking three in his no-no.

In the opening game, Brandon Baioni and TJ Burrow each had two-RBI knocks in the win. Burrow also scored the mercy-rule causing run in the fifth inning on a passed ball. The score likely would have been worse if not for Sylvan Hills being the home team.

That’s what happened in the second game when the Bears went way over the run-rule mark in the 18-0 win.

The Sylvan Hills starters scored five runs in the top of the first inning to set the tone in the opening game. Mills pitching struggled throughout, issuing several walks, including an inning full of walks in the fourth when Sylvan Hills had inserted most of the reserves, but couldn’t keep from scoring.

Sylvan Hills had a big double-header scheduled at Jacksonville on Tuesday, but heavy rains forced that to be made up Wednesday, after press deadlines.

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