SAVANNA — As the old baseball saying goes, hitting is contagious.
In Crowder’s case Thursday, it was more like an epidemic.
Four Demons hit five home runs, helping Crowder sweep a two-game district tournament at Savanna High School, run-ruling the Bulldogs 19-0 and 9-1.
“Our last three games, we’ve started to swing it a whole lot better,” Crowder coach Larry Tucker said. “We haven’t changed a whole lot. We’re just doing our drills, hitting drills, and they’re starting to figure things out.”
Crowder also beat Savanna in two games in last year’s district tournament. The 2013 Demons were the youngest squad Tucker had ever coached to a district title, and the 2014 squad fielded many of the same players.
“I feel like we’ve made a lot of headway.” Tucker said. “We’re still kinda young. We start five sophomores, two freshman and two seniors.”
Crowder advanced to this week’s regional tournament with the win, improving its record to 15-13. Savanna ended its season with a 13-10 record.
Crowder 19, Savanna 0
Savanna starting pitcher Seth Burke got just one out before Crowder’s offense caught fire. Burke got Tanner Rogers to ground out to shortstop in the top of the first, but two-hole hitter Erik Crenshaw launched one over the fence in right-center for a solo home run and a 1-0 lead.
It was Crenshaw’s first career home run.
“He just threw me two curveballs the two pitches before, and just waiting on a fastball,” Crenshaw said. “I was just going to make sure I wasn’t late on it, though. A 2-0 count, you want to try to be early, if anything, because if you’re late, Coach isn’t going to be very happy.”
Josh Motley grounded out to third for the second out of the inning, but Austin Weeks and Hunter Motley drew back-to-back walks. Stoney Ragan doubled to left to score both runners.