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SYLVAN HILLS BASEBALL | Bears bounce back with sweep

The week started off rough for the Sylvan Hills Bears, but ended on a high note as the conference season winds down.

The Bears dropped a double header to Pulaski Academy 9-3 and 10-3 and thus dropped from first to third in the 5A-Central with a double header against winless Little Rock McClellan left on the slate.

“We just didn’t come to compete very well,” coach Denny Tipton said. “We have to understand that we have to be ready to play.”

The Bears drew just one base on balls in both games and according to Tipton, hit several hard luck pitches right into the Bruins’ defense.

They bounced back Tuesday with a sweep of North Pulaski 10-3 and 9-2.

“It was good to play again,” Tipton said.

T.J. Burrows had five hits in the two games against the Falcons on Tuesday. Brandon Baioni and Jacob White had a pair of hits in game one as well.

Connor Poteet and Blake Maddox pitched well getting the starts on Tuesday.

The losses to PA give the Bears the No. 3 seed and a third game against the Vilonia Eagles.

Vilonia and Sylvan Hills split a pair of games early in the season with the Bears dropping the season opener 3-2 to the Eagles, but coming back in the third game of the year and avenging their loss 7-6.

The Eagles are one of the 5A’s hottest teams winning 10 of their last 11 games. Little Rock Christian wins the conference title with a 12-2 record. The Bears and Bruins tie for second, but the Bears concede the two seed as a result of the sweep. Jacksonville is the fourth seed.

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