It’s a rarity in the sport of baseball but Martensdale-St. Mary’s has a chance to finish the season with a perfect record.

The top-ranked Blue Devils take a 40-0 mark into Saturday night’s matchup with AR-WE-VA in the opening round of the class 1A state tournament in Des Moines. 

“What more can you want, at this point?” says Martensdale-St.Marys coach Justin Dehmer. “…We’re very pleased where we’re at and we’re giving ourselves an opportunity to win a state title.”

The team won its conference.

“To be honest, it wasn’t much of a celebration,” Dehmer says.  “Even when we won district and the substate, it was more of a business-like thing where we took care of business and did what we needed to do…We’re still keeping our eyes on the prize, so to speak.”