NAME: Savannah Smith
SCHOOL: Reading High School
GRADUATING YEAR: 2023
GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT: Being academically and athletically recruited/committed to college
HEIGHT: 5'7"-170 lbs.
RESIDENCE: Springfield Township
PARENTS: Christopher & Rachel
BIGGEST INFLUENCE: Jennie Finch
FUTURE GOAL: Earn a doctorate degree in Marine Science
All-star softball player Savannah Smith returned to the Reading High School Lady Blue Devils this season following a highly decorated junior campaign when she was named first-team all-CHL, first-team all-city (Enquirer), first-team all-Southwest Ohio District and first-team all-state in Div. III. Savannah helped last year's team to a 17-4 record (12-2 in league play).
Savannah is a left-handed pitcher who also plays first base. In the circle last season, Savannah led the league in wins (15) and strikeouts (221). She pitched 106 innings, earning a 15-3 record with five shutouts. She struck out 221 batters and had an earned run average of 1.45, third best in the CHL. At the plate, she hit .698 (second in the CHL) with seven home runs, 36 RBI, 22 runs scored and an on-base percentage of .781. She holds the school record for most home runs in a career and most home runs in a season.
Savannah had a solid senior season, too, and was named as a preseason high school All-American. She finished fourth in the CHL with a .556 batting average. She had 14 doubles, 20 RBI, 30 runs scored, and a .688 on-base percentage. In the circle, she went 12-6 with 182 strikeouts (second in the CHL) in 108 innings pitched, five shutouts and a 3.50 ERA. Her 12 wins were second-most in the CHL and Savannah was named first-team all-CHL and honorable mention all-SWO District Div. III.
Active in community service, Savannah also plays softball for the USSSA Pride Platinum team and has committed to Davis and Elkins College in West Virginia. Her favorite athlete is Jennie Finch, favorite entertainer is Pete Davidson, favorite book is The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, favorite movie is Remember the Titans and most-like-to-meet is Markiplier.
COACH'S QUOTE – "Savannah is a talented young woman who is very goal oriented. Her hard work and determination have led to much success that will continue beyond high school."
— Mandy Franklin, Varsity Softball Coach