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SYLVAN HILLS BASEBALL | Bears make summer league debut

Sylvan Hills baseball’s first foray into a new extended high school summer league was a successful one, even if it was delayed five days.

Their first game was rained out on Thursday pushing their summer debut back to Tuesday. Despite the layoff, the Bears were victors against Searcy 6-1.

Coach Denny Tipton was pleased in general with his club’s performance

“We pitched pretty well,” Tipton said, “looked pretty good.”

The Bears had not been on the diamond competitively since a 4-3 loss to Vilonia in the first round of the state tournament nearly a month ago. That prompted Tipton to divvy out the workload over a group of four pitchers.

“We’ve thrown some bullpen sessions,” Tipton said, “but nothing is like live competition.”

Tipton said the long layoff showed up in his hitters.

“We didn’t swing the bats particularly well,” Tipton said. “We managed to capitalize on their mistakes.”

The Bears managed just five hits and scored a total of three earned runs. Even though those three runs were enough to come out on top Tuesday, Tipton knows with the competition that’s in front of his team, their bats have to revive.

Sylvan Hills has a full weekend schedule this weekend playing four games in the Benton Tournament, and face a tough Lake Hamilton team on Thursday afternoon. Friday they take on Jonesboro and on Saturday they will square off against El Dorado. Sunday’s game will be determined by how pool play shakes out.

The first test was a good one, and the Bears passed. The tests get a little bit tougher from here.

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