The Sylvan Hills Bears are looking for some consistency at the plate.
In wins, the do well, and score runs. In losses, they struggle with the bats.
Case in point was Tuesday night’s double-header split in their conference opener with Little Rock Christian. In game one, a 3-0 loss, head coach Denny Tipton said it best.
"We just didn’t hit," Tipton said. "We pitched well enough to win both games, but in game one we just couldn’t hit."
J.D. Miller pitched six innings and got into the first hitter in the seventh before being pulled by Tipton after 105 pitches. Miller was on fire early with all of the first seven outs recorded were via the strikeout. He finished with a dozen.
But he couldn’t sustain. After being yanked in the seventh, the Warriors got two more and set the final margin.
Marcus Long and Hunter Heslep pitched in the nightcap, a 5-3 win.
Tipton isn’t worried about his team’s Jekyll and Hyde hitting after a 4-1 win over Beebe and a 10-0 loss to Little Rock Catholic.
"It’s still pretty early," Tipton said. "We will continue to work."
Tipton said the most important thing is how they are performing later in the season rather than in the first two weeks of the season.
"It’s more important to be hot in April and May," Tipton said.
The Bears struggled last year, but got hot going down the stretch and made the state tournament, so the precedent exists for restraint from slamming the panic button.
The competition only gets stiffer with Little Rock Central on Friday followed by a first round matchup with Springdale Har-Ber in the Central Arkansas Classic.