The 2005 district tournament began in Chiefland with the third seeded Trenton Tigers taking on the sixth seeded Branford Buccaneers. The two teams had split home wins this season with Branford winning at home 10-7 and dropping a 5-3 decision in Trenton.
The Bucs took an early 1-0 after the Bucs leadoff hitter, Tyler Byrd, hustled his way to first base safely. A stolen base and a Tigers error allowed Byrd to cross homeplate.
The bottom of the first inning allowed the Tigers to take a 2-1 advantage after a couple of errors, a hit batter and a hit. Starting pitcher Scott Warren would be able to get the Bucs out of the inning striking out a batter, and then made a nice play of a grounder from the mound to get the Bucs out of the inning.
Branford quickly responded to tie the game at two. David Campbell drew a leadoff walk and advanced to second on a passed ball. Warren would not let the RBI opportunity go by with a solid single.
Branford would survive a scare in the second inning after a walk and a Tigers hit, but another nice play by Campbell at shortstop brought a close to the threat.
Branford opened the contest up in the top of the third inning sending eight batters to the plate and scored five runs off of three hits and three Tiger errors. Leadoff hitter Dusty Lee found the basepaths as a result of one of those errors, and would advance to third after a Dustin Bonds double. A passed ball allowed Lee to score, and JD Strickland would pickup the RBI with a solid double to score Bonds. Campbell would continue the hit barrage with a single. Both Strickland and Campbell would cross homeplate after another Tigers throwing error off a Warren grounder to open up a commanding 7-2 Bucs lead.
Warren would strikeout five batters over the next three innings and only one hit to keep Trenton off the scoreboard, finishing off the third inning with nice fielding of an out and ended the inning striking out the last batter. Kyle Hayes helped the pitcher out in the fourth with a beautiful fielding play from third base to keep the bases empty.
Branford would send seven more batters to the plate in the fourth inning to score four more runs. Byrd reached on a two-base throwing error, and scored after an RBI double by Lee. Joseph Garrett would gain an RBI hit to score Lee, and then the clincher came with Strickland hammering a two-run shot over the centerfield fence to push the Bucs lead to 11-2. Warren would face four batters in the bottom of the inning allowing one hit while striking out the side to prevent a Tigers rally.
The sixth inning provided some anxious moments as the Bucs appeared to lose focus understandably, since I do not think anybody expected the lopsided score. Branford would committ three errors and allow a couple of runs before Coach Chad Bonds made a trip to the mound. The Bucs get out of the sixth inning, and Warren would stikeout two of the last three batters he faced to close the door and advance the Bucs to the semi-final round against Jasper, winning 11-4. Jasper advanced with an impressive 15-0 win over Bell.
Warren was more than impressive tossing a four-hitter striking out 10 batters. He only walked two batters for the game.
The multiple hitters for the game was Campbell going 2-3 with a stolen base and scored two runs. Strickland went 2-4 with a double and a homerun for three RBIs and scored two runs.
Other hitters for the game was Byrd 1-4 with a stolen base and scored two runs, Lee 1-4 with a double and an RBI while scoring two runs, Bonds 1-4 with a double and scored a run, Garrett 1-4 with an RBI and a run, and Warren 1-4 with an RBI. The other run was scored by pinch runner Bobby Engskow after he stole a base in the third inning for the Bucs seventh run.
Bucs Season Comes to a Close
Branford faced the second seeded Trojans from Hamilton County in the semi-final round. Jasper disposed of Bell 15-0 in round one, and eliminated the Bucs in a very well played defensive battle with all of the offensive being collected in the first three innings before the pitching and defense took over the game in a 5-2 Jasper win.
Branford struck quickly in the first inning after a leadoff double by Byrd which resulted in a run after a Trojans error.
The Bucs would give up a couple of runs in the bottom of the inning, but tied the score at two with Campbell drawing a leadoff walk, and would score as a result of a solid RBI single by Dustin Cannon.
Brandon Gardner started the game for the Bucs, and struck out a batter while only allowing one hit.
Dusty Lee came in to finish the first inning after a couple of Jasper runs and got a big strikeout in the second inning that helped to limit Jasper to one run and keep Branford in the ballgame.
Scott Warren came in to finish the second inning and got some help from Lee and Campbell turning a nice double play to end the second inning. Warren would finish with six strikeouts and gave up only three hits, the last being in the fourth inning. Warren struckout the side in the fourth inning.
Branford was held to five hits for the game. Byrd went 2-3 with a double and scored a run. Bonds went 1-3 while Cannon went 1-3 with an RBI. Hayes would get the other hit going 1-2.