Fort Myers, FL---The Chipley Tigers have advanced to the 1A state championship baseball game. Paxton did not. The Tigers will play for that title Tuesday night at 7:35 eastern against Williston, the team that knocked off the Bobcats in the state semifinals Monday.
As for the win in their state semifinal, Chipley got an early wake up call and a ten a.m. eastern time game against Lafayette Monday. The morning start not bothering coach Andy Compton's crew in the least. The Tigers plate 7 runs in the bottom of the first, and single runs the next four innings, on the way to a run-rule 11-1 win.
Dallas Oliver 3-4 with an rbi, Daniel Floyd and Andrew King two hits each, King with 3 rbi. Floyd gets the win, 5 innings, a run on 4 hits, strikes out two.
A few hours after their victory, I spoke with Chipley head coach Andy Compton about the win and what's ahead Tuesday night.
"Of course we came in in the first inning and Dallas Oliver led off with a double, and we bunted him to third. Then hit a ground ball that they booted, and I think we got five hits after that and drove in runs, and the next thing you know we're up 7-0. It kind of takes the pressure off but you know you can't lay down, you have to keep the pressure on and I think we did that really well."
Coach Compton adds "You know our theme has just been play the next game and we've just gotten to the point where the next game is the last one we can play. So I think we're excited and we're looking forward to it."
So Chipley to play for their first baseball state title Tuesday night.
It will not come against another area team, Paxton. The Bobcats facing Williston in their semifinal starting at four eastern Monday afternoon, coach Chris Davenport's team unable to put up any runs against UF commit Austin Langworthy who gives up just two hits. 4-0 the final.