The Sylvan Hills 12-year/old All-Stars made the return trip home on Wednesday after nearly a week of Cal Ripken World Series baseball in Florida.
The Sylvan Hills Titans earned the right to become the Southwest All-Stars after finishing second in state, then winning the regional championship.
Playing in the Major/60 division, Sylvan Hills made their mark in the series that began Wednesday of last week, making it out of the pool play and into the championship bracket play.
Their were twelve teams, divided into two divisions. The top three in each pool advanced to the single elimination bracket for the championship. The bottom three also got to keep playing in the Commissioner’s Cup bracket. Sylvan Hills finished second in their division.
Sylvan Hills went 3-3 overall, but showed off their talent in every game.
Their first game was a 16-3 blowout win over Gilchrist, Florida. Riding high after that one, they came back to Earth a little bit the next day with a 12-8 loss to Port Angeles, Washington.
The Sherwood boys bounced back on Friday with another dominant performance, beating up Sweet Water, Alabama 16-2. Their final pool game came against the powerhouse team from Bismarck, North Dakota. Bismarck won 4-0, shutting down the red hot offense from Arkansas. Sherwood’s Nick Reeves was impressive on the mound in the loss, holding the eventual World Series champs to their lowest run total in the tournament.
Advancing to bracket play, Sylvan Hills beat the Santa Fe Force from Florida 12-3. The Force were an elite invited team.
Sylvan Hills finally bowed out on Monday with a high-scoring 16-12 loss to South Lexington, Kentucky. The Kentucky stars went on to lose to the team from New York, who lost to Bismarck in the finals.