After making history at Savannah, head baseball coach Erich Bodenhausen is the spring All-News-Press Now Boys Coach.
In his 19th season with Savannah, Bodenhausen took the Savages to the Class 4 state semifinal round where they finished 25-2.
Savannah won the Class 4 District 16 championship to advance to the state tournament for the first time since 2013.
The Savages made a comeback this year after a short-lived postseason in 2018. Last season, the Savages entered district play as the No. 2 seed in the bracket but fell to Chillicothe in their district opener.
The Savages then advanced to the state semifinals for the first time since 2012 after defeating Pembroke Hill 7-3 in sectionals. Regardless of their loss to Westminster Christian Academy in the semifinals, the Savages made history this season.
“We did some things that a lot of other Savannah teams haven’t done,” Bodenhausen said. “We lost the second game of the season then we didn’t lose again until the last game of the season.”
Bodenhausen and his team won 24 straight games this season and set a new program record with 25 wins this season after going 18-6 and then just 11-11 the year prior.
“Beyond the records, it was a team that really liked each other liked to be around each other and liked to play baseball, which anytime you have that, it makes for a fun season,” Bodenhusen said. “We got a lot of kids coming back and I wish the senior well, but I’m excited for what we might have for next year.”
Four different Savannah sluggers had a batting average of .430 or higher with more than 45 plate appearances. Bodenhausen also had a number of pitchers he trusted to throw strikes.
Bodenhausen will return to the diamond next spring for his 20th season.
— Kristen Carver