No, this isn’t a joke. There really is a team named the Savannah Bananas. The Bananas have just finished their first season in the Coastal Plains League (CPL) which is a summer league for college players. The team was successful both on and off the field as they won the league championship and led the league in attendance.
The Savannah Bananas defeated the Peninsula Pilots 9-7 in Game Three of the Pettit Cup Championship to win the title.
The Bananas scored a run in the first inning and four in the second when Jameson Hannah and Rylan Bannon hit back-to-back home runs to give the Bananas a 5-0 lead. The Pilots made a late run to cut the lead to 8-7 going into the ninth inning. Savannah scored another run then held Peninsula scoreless to win the title.
Savannah defeated Asheboro and Forest City in the playoffs. In the championship final, the Bananas won the opening game 8-4 as Dungan Andy Clint Hardy led the Bananas with two hits and three RBIs each. Catcher Adam Gauthier also added two hits in the game. Savannah scored three runs in the fifth inning to break open the game.
The series shifted to Hampton, Virginia for game two as the Pilots tied up the series with a home run in the eighth inning by Kyle McPherson for a 4-3 win.
The Bananas replaced the Savannah Sand Gnats this season when the South Atlantic League team moved to Columbia, South Carolina. The Bananas broke the league’s single-season attendance record with an average of 4,329 per game and 17 sell-outs.