SAVANNAH, Mo. — In the first matchup of the season between the two MEC schools Thursday, the Bishop LeBlond Golden Eagles visited the No. 4-ranked Savannah Savages.
Savannah’s senior night turned out to be a good one as they defeated the Eagles 13-1 in five innings after a strong four-inning performance from senior Micah Diamond on the mound.
Savannah head coach Erich Bodenhausen spoke highly of Diamond’s performance on the day.
“He was hitting spots and getting some weak contact, getting a lot of strikeouts,” Bodenhausen said. “He does a great job of mixing in his off-speed stuff and he’s a very good pitcher for us.”
Diamond went three full innings without giving up a run before LeBlond finally crossed the plate in the fourth inning.
The Savages got the bats going early in the bottom of the first with back-to-back singles from Noah Bodenhausen and Jadon Brady. Chase Spoonemore then followed with an RBI single of his own to give Savannah its first run.
Just four batters later, the Savages had taken a 4-0 lead heading into the second inning.
Diamond kept the momentum on Savannah’s side by striking out the next three batters he faced to quickly bring the Savages’ offensive charge back to the plate.
They kept the bats alive after their strong first inning and added two more runs to give them a 6-0 advantage. From there, the Savages never looked back.
Savannah drove in two runs to kick off the third. A few batters later, LeBlond opted for a pitching change to try and halt the scoring surge.
Despite the change, the Savages did not skip a beat and drove in three more runs with the help of a two-RBI single from Drew Duane and a sacrifice fly from Dakota Spicer.
The Eagles showed some life in the fourth inning by hitting three singles in a row to score their first run of the evening, but were unable to do any more damage after Diamond struck out the next three batters.
Despite recording his fair share of strikeouts on the day, Diamond stressed that he doesn’t put all of his focus on them.
“I just throw the ball. … I trust my team, so I don’t really care if I get a strikeout,” Diamond said.
The Savages added their final two runs later in the inning and went on to claim a 13-1 victory.
Savannah moved to 18-1 on the season and LeBlond dropped to 5-12 as district baseball nears.