Tigers stop Bucks

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

Floyd, who allowed only two hits and struck out nine, retired the Bucks in order in the top of the seventh to end the game.

Floyd, a sophomore, recalled last summer’s Dixie Pre-Majors State Tournament when he was on the mound in the seventh inning with a one-run lead in the championship game and allowed two runs to score to suffer a heartbreaking defeat.

He used that experience to bolster his efforts against a Bozeman team unable to mount any offense against him. The Bucks didn’t advance a runner beyond second base, and they had two runners on base just once.

Floyd ended that threat in the fourth inning with consecutive strikeouts.

“This is awesome,” he said. “That’s the only word for it.”

Added Compton: “For a 10th-grader to come in here and pitch like that ... we knew he had it in him.”

D.J. Oliver, a senior who will play at Lawson State in Birmingham, Ala., next year, said young players such as Floyd and Savel have made a sizable contribution on the field and helped reverse the team’s recent fortunes.

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