Tigers stop Bucks

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

Savel, in particular, atoned for an error in the sixth with a remarkable grab over the fence down the third-base line to record an out.

“The young guys want to win,” Oliver said. “People like that want to put in 110 percent. ... We’re going to the state semis, and no words can describe that. This is one of the biggest things that’s ever happened to me and for Chipley. It’s bigger than graduation.”

Both programs exhibited respect for each other after the game with compliments headed in both directions. Bozeman coach Jeff Patton praised the Tigers and their head coach.

“They are a great baseball team,” he said. “I’ve been coaching a long time, and this was one of the best games I’ve seen. I’m proud for Chipley and coach Compton. I understand the job we have, and it’s not easy all the time.”

Suttles gave up just three hits, and he worked his way out of a one-out, bases-loaded jam in the fifth with a strikeout and groundout.

“He’s amazing,” Patton said of Suttles’ 0.00 ERA this season. “He does everything he’s asked to do, and he competes. He gave the team every chance to win tonight. He’s a special kid.”

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