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SYLVAN HILLS BASEBALL | Bears beat Vilonia in rematch

The Sylvan Hills Bears got a slight measure of revenge Monday night when they took down the Vilonia Eagles 10-6 in Vilonia.

The Eagles beat the Bears during the 5A State Tournament last year.

This game wasn’t as much of a pitcher’s duel as that matchup between aces, although it looked that way early on.

Vilonia got on the board first with a pair of runs off starting pitcher Marcus Long in the bottom of the first inning.

Sylvan Hills’ bats were silent until the fourth inning when they broke the game open by scoring seven runs.

Jacob Franco led off the fourth inning by being hit by a pitch. Reid Fawcett followed with a double in the gap to give the Bears runners at second and third with no outs. Hunter Heslep walked to load the bases, followed by Connor Poteet drilling a shot to left for a run and Brandon Baioni tying the game with a sacrifice fly.

Nathan Thomas walked as the Sylvan Hills offense kept rolling as TJ Burrow and Chase Imhoff drove in runs.

Sylvan Hills increased its lead to 10-2 before the Eagles came charging back. Long left after the fifth inning when the Bears had a big lead. Relief pitcher Charlie Roberts had a little bit of bad luck with errors and a pitch that found the fat part of a bat for a three-run homer.

Sylvan Hills will play their next conference games on Thursday when they take on the struggling Little Rock McClellan Lions.

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