Saints Look For Title Behind Strong Pitching Staff

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SPRINGDALE (KFSM) - It's been four years since the Shiloh Christian Saints have been back at Baum Stadium playing for a state championship.

"Just don't be overwhelmed by it, and still be ready to play the game," Saints coach Moe Henry said. "Don't let the game be too big for you. Be ready to go whenever the umpire says 'play ball'."

Even though none of the guys on the Saints roster have played in a state title game, they are well on their way to sealing that win.

"We have the best opportunity we've ever had," sophomore pitcher Landon Brown said. "Everyone says they're the team that should win this. Like coach just said that Ashdown vs Arkadelphia was the state championship. But, I feel like they don't know what's coming for them. I feel like we might be the underdog, but we have very high confidence right now."

It's been an overall effort from Shiloh throughout the state tournament to get them back to this final game.

"I's our hitting that's been the best part right now. Gunner [Gilbert] has pitched amazing. He did that eight inning shutout, which was incredible. Everyone on the whole hitting lineup is amazing, too," Brown said.

But, it might be their pitching staff to keep an eye on in the finals. They've only given up three runs between both the state and regional tournaments so far.

"We just feel like when they're playing like that, and their giving us a chance, we feel good about our chances," Henry said.

"It's a huge confidence booster," junior designated hitter Braden Mueller said. "If our pitchers have moral, we can do it again. They're going to keep throwing strikes, and we're going to keep playing defense behind them. So, we got this."

They'll battle Ashdown for that state title Friday with a 12:30 p.m. first pitch.

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