Trenton’s season ends in 1A state semifinals

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The clock struck midnight for Cinderella on Wednesday.

Trenton, which is ranked 246th overall in Florida by MaxPreps, lost to Class 1A No. 1 Bozeman (Panama City), 10-0, in the FHSAA Baseball 1A state semifinals at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers.

The Bucks (27-3) scored four runs in the fourth and fifth innings to end the game early via the mercy rule.

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Bozeman, which is seeking its first state title in program history, will play the winner of today’s second 1A state semifinal between Lafayette (Mayo) and Jay at 4 p.m. on Thursday in the state championship game.

They scored the only run they needed in the bottom of the first inning.

Center fielder Zac Flitcraft (2-for-2, 2RS) had an infield single to second base off Trenton freshman starting pitcher Brant Bivens (3 IP, 8H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 2 K) to begin the inning.

Flitcraft scored three batters later on an RBI single to right field by pitcher Trey Power (2-for-4, RBI) for a 1-0 lead.

Power (5 IP, 0R, 2H, 1BB, 5K), an Alabama State signee, only allowed four baserunners and improved to 10-0.

Sophomore catcher Ty Moses had an infield hit in the first inning and junior Stephen Furst doubled to left field in the fifth inning.

Freshman Mason VunCannon reached on an error by the shortstop to lead off the second inning but was left stranded at third base.

Dax Becker, one of only two seniors on the roster, walked with one out in the fourth inning but Power retired the next two batters to end the inning.

Leading 2-0, Bozeman sent nine batters to the plate in the fourth inning and scored four runs on four hits, two walks, and a hit batsman.

Freshman Noah Owens (1 IP, 3H, 4R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 0K) relieved Bivens and walked designated hitter Larry Street (2-for-3, 2 RBI) with the bases loaded and shortstop Lane Hathaway was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.

In the fifth, third baseman Brooks Skipper tripled in two runs, chasing Owens for sophomore Alec Faught (1 IP, 2H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0BB, 0K).

Trenton (13-12) upset Newberry, 4-3, in the 1A-Region 4 Final to advance to its first final four since 2018 in head coach Chris Marlo’s first season with the Tigers.

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