Fort Myers, FL---The Bozeman Bucks see their season end for the second straight year in the 1A State Semifinals. The Bucks losing to Chiefland Wednesday 4-1 at JetBlue Park.
Bucks coach giving the start to 8th grader Michael Cullen and he worked in and out of bases loaded jams in the first and second innings without any damage on the scoreboard.
In the third though, with the bases loaded again, Cullen threw a pickoff throw towards second and into center field allowing Chiefland to score the first run of the game. Trevor Castell, Chiefland's pitcher then singled home two more runs to make it 3-0.
The Bucks also rallied a few times without pushing across any runs early. Finally in the top of the 5th, Reed Ruddick singled home Bubba Thompson, but Ruddick was then erased trying to get to second on the play, ending that rally.
The Bucks got two men to second and third in the top of the 6th thanks to a Cullen double, but Ruddick unable to get them home, ending that inning by making the final out.
Chiefland pushes across a 4th run on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of that inning, the Bucks did manage to get a runner on in the 7th but a Brandon Suttles grounder to short would end it, 4-1 the final.
So Bozeman's season again ends with a state semifinal loss, their final record this year 19-10.
After the game Bucks coach Jeff Patton talked about his decision to perhaps wait a bit too long to pull Cullen off the hill.
"You know I should have got him out maybe, one batter sooner than I did. You can play that game all day long. But there's gonna come a time when Michael's gonna pitch in the final four again and the team that he's throwing against is gonna be very disappointed that he's the kid throwing against them because he's got a great future and he's gonna be a heckuva pitcher. And Garrett Hall threw his tail off. He kept us right there in that game. He's done that for three years, he's been in this program five years and very proud of that young man."