Before leaving for Florida, Disneyland and a spring break baseball tournament, the Sylvan Hills Bears took a little while to hand Central Arkansas Christian a 14-0 blowout loss.
The bats may not have even been the main story in the mercy-rule win. Starting pitcher Marcus Long struck out six of the first seven batters he faced, on his way to a complete game no-hitter.
Long finished the game with seven strikeouts and three walks over his five innings of work.
Sylvan Hills took an inning to get the bats warmed up, and didn’t score in the first inning.
Once they got swinging, however, they didn’t stop for much rest. The Bears scored five runs in the second inning, eight runs in the third and one in the fourth. All five runs in the second inning came with two outs.
Long drove in the first runs of the game for Sylvan Hills when he ripped a double down the left field line, scoring Jacob White and Connor Poteet. Nathan Thomas moved Long to third on a single to center, while TJ Burrow brought them both in with a triple off the wall in right. Chase Imhoff then stepped in and drilled his own shot off the wall in right, driving in Burrows for the 5-0 lead.
The Bears began putting in substitutes, but the runs kept coming in the third and fourth innings until Sylvan Hills was firmly in command 14-0.
Long’s final hitless inning brought the game to a close by the 10-run mercy rule.
At the Walt Disney Classic this week, the Bears have defeated Grayslake Central (Chicago) 4-1 and Nile North (Chicago) 11-0 behind complete games from Connor Poteet and Hunter Heslep.
— Chad Matchett