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1A Semifinal Loss A Tough Finish To Trenton’s Memorable Year

The Tigers were left reeling after Bozeman erupted for 10 runs on 13 hits in less than five innings of play.

It is hard to overlook the special season that the Trenton Tigers baseball team had in 2024. Although the final chapter was a painful read for Tigers fans, the ending does not spoil such an inspiring story. Wednesday morning the Tigers were shut out 10-0 to the Bozeman Bucks in a Class 1A state semifinal at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers, the game ending early in the bottom of the fifth inning via the mercy rule after Bozeman put four more runs up to push the lead to ten runs.

The Tigers (13-12) will have to wait at least another year for the chance to win their fourth state championship in program history. But even the most diehard Trenton fan likely did not expect that this would be a season the team would contend at the Final Four, after graduating six seniors from last year’s team and only having two seniors on the roster this season. The way this team bonded together is the story that made their season, and their success ultimately came down to that and not the reverse.

Despite a roster with a majority of underclassmen on it, the Tigers defied the odds. They delivered a winning record and a competitive squad against their fellow 1A peers. They cultivated pride in the program and commitment to the long-term goals for this young group, and they represented their school in numerous community efforts and charities, most notably at the end of the regular season on April 27th, the team volunteered at the Chippin’ Away at Child Abuse Golf Tournament, benefiting the UF Child Advocacy Center.

On April 27th, the Tigers volunteered at the Chippin’ Away at Child Abuse Golf Tournament, benefiting the UF Child Advocacy Center. *Photo from @TrentonTigersBaseball.

Even despite falling short of the district title by losing in the semifinals, Trenton did enough in the regular season to earn an at-large playoff bid. That brought the Tigers full circle back to the Chiefland squad that beat them in the district playoffs, and who they promptly blanked for an 8-0 win in the regional semifinals. That set up a matchup with the Newberry Panthers, who went 2-0 while outscoring the Tigers 24-0 in their two meetings during the year. But Trenton prevailed when it mattered the most, winning 4-3 to win the regional championship and reach the state tournament.

With all but two of those players returning next season, the experience gained on Wednesday could pay its largest dividends further down the road. Against Bozeman, there was little success to speak of, as they managed just two hits while struggling defensively. Junior Stephen Furst had a double in his lone at bat, and sophomore Ty Moses collected a single for their only other hit.

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