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SYLVAN HILLS BASEBALL

Not much to talk about when your teams pulls a double header sweep shutting out their opponent and scoring 40 runs in two games, a total of 10 innings.

But after the Sylvan Hills Bears beat Little Rock Mills 24-0, and 16-0 on Tuesday night, one couldn’t help but look at the domination—from the pitching mound.

J.D. Miller, Hunter Heslep, and Connor Poteet combined to no-hit the Comets in both games.

Miller went the distance in game one striking out a dozen of the 17 hitters he faced. He issued one bases on balls and one Mills hitter reached on an error.

“Pure dominance,” coach Denny Tipton said.

That dominance continued in game two. The difference was that Tipton used a pair of pitchers.

Heslep got the start and went the first four frames. Poteet came in during the fifth to close out a 16-0 win. Game two, however, wasn’t quite as dominating.

“We walked to many in the second game,” Tipton said.

The Bears’ competition will likely stiffen in their next varsity outing when they take on the Jacksonville Red Devils. Tipton said the Devils look a lot like his club.

“They are young like us,” Tipton said. “I’m not sure if they have senior.”

The Devils have bested the Bears the last two seasons.

“They’ve beat us the last two years and I’d like to beat them,” Tipton said.

Tuesday’s matchup will likely not only settle a rivalry for one more regular season, but could have playoff implications early.

if the Bears get the pitching that they got this week, they should find themselves on the upward swing toward a good slot in the playoff pecking order.

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