The Sylvan Hills Bears will be playing for the Red Devil Classic championship after coming from behind in a 9-7 extra-inning win over Little Rock Central.
Hunter Heslep started on the mound for the Bears, before giving way to Charlie Roberts. Roberts got the win in relief.
The Bears were forced to come from behind multiple times in the win. Trailing 4-3 in the fourth, Sylvan Hills tied the game when Chase Imhoff knocked an RBI single that scored Nate Thomas.
Little Rock Central came back the next inning to take a 6-4 lead, but that lead wouldn’t last long either.
With two runners on and no outs, Lukas Burrow laid down a sacrifice bunt to move the runners into scoring position. The move worked out perfectly as Thomas stroked a two-run double to tie the game 6-6.
Roberts held the Tigers scoreless in the bottom of the sixth inning, then neither team was able to push one across in the seventh inning.
The Bears seemed to take control in the top of the eighth inning, starting with Heslep getting an RBI that gave the Bears a 7-6 lead. Roberts followed with a sac fly to score another run, while Brandon Baioni later scored on an infield error to give the Bears a 9-6 lead.
Little Rock Central was able to get a run off of Roberts in the bottom of the inning, but the senior pitcher struck out the final batter to give the Bears the win.
Sylvan Hills will take on the Cabot Panthers Thursday evening at 6 in the championship game of the tournament.