SAVANNAH, Mo. — After claiming the MEC championship and a Class 4 District 16 championship this season, the Savannah baseball team continues to inch closer to a state title.
Savannah (23-1) will face St. Pius X (16-4) in the sectional round of the Class 4 State Tournament today.
The two teams met earlier in the season with the Savages winning 7-2.
“They are young but very talented,” Savannah junior Chase Spoonemore said about his team’s opponent.
Savannah hasn’t advanced to the state tournament since 2013. A victory on Tuesday would put the Savages just three wins away from a state title.
“It’s a one-game approach,” Savannah junior Jadon Brady said. “We’re just trying to take every game one at a time.”
Savannah coach Erich Bodenhausen said today’s matchup is just the next game on the schedule for him and his team.
“We want to be 1-0 at the end of the night Tuesday,” Bodenhausen said.
Throughout his 19 years as Savannah’s head coach, Bodenhausen has seen a handful of talented players. He acknowledges that this season’s team isn’t short of those standouts.
“We’ve had a lot of good teams up here. This team is maybe the deepest,” Bodenhausen said. “We have the most pitching, probably the best defense we’ve ever had and they’re a pretty good offensive team too.”
The team won 11 games earlier this season by nine runs or more. Four different Savannah sluggers have a batting average of .430 or higher with more than 45 plate appearances.
Savannah has scored an average of 10.7 runs per game this season, while allowing 2.1 runs.
“We have four (pitchers) that could be most team’s number one,” Bodenhausen said. “Braden Berry, Chase Spoonmore, Drew Duane, and Micha Diamond could be a number one on most teams around here.”
The Class 4 District 16 All-District baseball team was announced Monday. Eight Savannah players were selected, including Berry, Duane, Diamond and Spoonemore. Juniors Noah Bodenhausen, Kobe Montgomery and senior Dakota Spicer were also selected.
A loss to Chillicothe in the semifinals of districts ended Savannah’s season last year. The Savages finished with a record of 18-6.