Tigers stop Bucks

Published: Friday, May 16, 2014 at 06:36 PM.

CHIPLEY — Bozeman didn’t give up its crown without a fight, but Chipley seized the throne as the new region champion Tuesday night.

Chipley scored an unearned run in the sixth inning to break a scoreless tie, and the Tigers advanced to the Class 1A baseball state semifinals with a 1-0 victory over Bozeman in the Region 2-1A final at Tiger Field.

Chipley (22-7) is making its first-ever appearance in the Final Four and will play Lafayette — a 9-5 winner over defending champion Trenton — in the state semifinals on Monday. Bozeman, which had emerged as the region champs each of the past two years, ended its season 20-8.

Tigers coach Andy Compton has been the head coach at Chipley for the past 11 years. His past two teams won a combined 18 games before coming together this year and producing the most successful team in school history.

“I don’t know what words to use right now,” Compton said. “We’ve worked so hard for so long. ... We’ve fought and fought, and we knew when we got in this league that we had a chance.”

The game’s starting pitchers — Chipley’s Daniel Floyd and Bozeman’s Brandon Suttles — were locked in a tense  showdown in which neither team could score through the first five innings.

The Tigers finally broke through in the sixth against Suttles, who pitched 47 innings this season without allowing an earned run. Shelby Savel walked to lead off the inning. One out later, Andrew King singled into left field to put runners on first and second. Colby Wiggins’ groundball up the middle resulted in an infield error, and Savel raced home with the game’s only run.

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