The Sylvan Hills extended high school baseball team played two very different games against the Vilonia Eagles, winning the first 17-2 and dropping the second 5-4.
The Bears, sponsored by Gwatney Buick-GMC for the summer, dominated a younger Eagles team in the first game. The second game saw Vilonia play their more experienced players, but Sylvan Hills essentially gave them the win with five unearned runs.
Lucas Burrow led off the first game with a single, his first of four hits on the day. After a hit batter and three walks, Tyler Yoeman and Ryan Lumpkin hit back-to-back two-run doubles that gave Sylvan Hills a quick 6-0 lead.
Sylvan Hills made it 10-2 in the second when Blake Maddox hit a two-run double and later scored on an errant pickoff throw. Mackenzie Seats singled and would go on to score on a balk.
Burrow singled and scored on a hit from Hunter Heslep in the third, while Seats would come up and drive in Heslep. Burrow’s fourth single of the game in the fourth inning would score Lumpkin, who had doubled.
Dalton Schuster and Maddox combined for the win for the Bears.
The second game didn’t go as well as Sylvan Hills gave up five unearned runs on three errors in the third inning, spoiling an otherwise solid start by Marcus Long.
Sylvan Hills had several chances to take the lead and blow the game open, but couldn’t get the key base hits they needed in bases loaded situations and other times with runners in scoring position.
“You have the bases loaded with no outs, you have to score more than one run,” said coach Denny Tipton. “That kills you. I don’t know how many times we did that last year.”