Chipley, FL---The Chipley Tigers and Bozeman Bucks needed just one more win to reach Ft. Myers and be a part of the 1A Final Four. But in order to continue their seasons and reach the state semifinals, they would have to get past each other.
The matchup also marked the first time both the Tigers and Bucks faced off in a regular season or playoff game.
A packed crowd took in an incredible pitchers duel between Bozeman's Brandon Suttles and Chipley's Daniel Floyd. The home defense came to play behind Floyd, coming up with two double plays in the first two innings.
Suttles also held down control on the mound for the Bucks. Both pitchers only allowed two hits each through the first four innings. Still scoreless in the bottom of the fifth, Suttles dealt with a bases loaded jam and only one out, yet was able to end the threat unscathed.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Tigers finally broke through. With runners on first and second, Colby Wiggins' grounder to second was mishandled, bouncing into the outfield. That allowed Shelby Savell to come all the way around to score the games only run.
Floyd finished the complete game shutout to give Chipley the 1-0 win and send the program to their first Final Four in school history. They'll face Lafayette Monday May 19th in Ft. Myers.
Chipley's win moves them to 22-7. Bozeman ends their season at 20-8.
In the highlights attached above, Daniel Floyd working wonders on the mound, comes up with a K in the first.
Bozeman's arm Brandon Suttles answers back with a punchout for the Bucks. 0-0 as we fast forward to the third, Floyd again, sends the Bucks back with nothing.
Suttles plays some anything you can do I can do better, shutting the home ateam down with bases juiced in the fifth. Both these guys gave their all, but who would break into the run column first.
Bottom 6, Chipley's Colby Wiggins hits it to the second baseman, unable to make the play, Shelby Savell rounding third, coming on home. Finally, the first run comes through.
Chipley closes it out in the 7th for their first trip to the state Final Four.