Sylvan Hills isn’t afraid to take on the big boys, but came up just short against the Little Rock Catholic Rockets in a 3-1 loss at Lamar Porter Field in Little Rock.

The Bears scored the first run of the game in the second inning, but missed several opportunities in the following innings. Blake Maddox led off the top of the second by being hit by a pitch and working his way around the bases on grounders and passed balls.

The Rockets scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the third, and then added an insurance run in the fourth inning.

Sylvan Hills had their best scoring opportunity in the fifth inning when T.J. Burrow and Connor Poteet each walked to begin the inning. After a double steal, the Bears had two runners in scoring position with no outs. The Catholic starter got out of the jam by fanning the next two batters, then induced an infield pop up to end the inning.

The sixth inning saw Jacob Franco reach second on an error to lead off the inning, but never advanced after another two strikeouts and a pop up.

Sylvan Hills ended the game in the seventh inning by leaving two more runners on base.

With a couple days off coming up before getting into three conference doubleheaders, the Bears used four pitchers in the game to get all some work early in the week.

Sylvan Hills travels to Pulaski Academy for a big doubleheader on Thursday that will have implications in playoff seeding. The Bears’ next two double-dips will be against Little Rock McClellan and North Pulaski, two teams unlikely to pose much of a threat.

The loss dropped the Bears to 14-8 overall and 5-3 in the 5A-Central.