The Chipola Indians under the leadership of veteran coach Jeff Johnson claimed yet another state championship last week when they handed Hillsborough a 5-0 shutout. Leading the Indians on the mound was Phillip Sanderson who went the distance to pick up the win. It was the second game in the tournament with Sanderson on the mound and picking up the win. Chipola went 5-1 in the tournament with their only loss coming on Wednesday to this same Hillsborough team.
Chipola was the home team and took charge defensively from the get go. With two outs, a single by Hillsborough was followed by an error but the defense tightened and ended the inning with a ground out to Julio Carrion at third. Chipola made a statement offensively in the bottom of the first frame when Francisco Urbaez drew a one-out walk and moved to second on a single by Morgan McCullough. Max Guzman launched a shot over the left centerfield fence to empty the bases and put Chipola up 3-0. With two outs, Julio Carrion drew a walk, followed by a single to Austin Bates. A strikeout ended the inning with two left on base.
In the top of the second inning, a pair of two-out singles were left on the bag when Sanderson retired the next three batters to end the inning. Chipola had a leadoff double by David Meadows but he was left on third when the inning came to an end.
A leadoff walk in the top of the third was erased on a double play to keep the goose egg on the board for Hillsborough. Chipola added their final two runs in the bottom of the frame. With one out, Jared Howell drew a walk and moved to second when Julio Carrion followed with a walk. Austin Bates doubled home both runners before scoring with two outs on a passed ball. David Meadows drew a walk for the last offense of the inning.
Sanderson retired the side in order in the fourth inning with a two-out walk to Guzman the only offense for Chipola in their half of the frame.
Sanderson sailed through the remainder of the game against Hillsborough to solidify the win. Although Chipola didn’t plate any more runs, they had a pair of doubles by Jared Howell and Julio Carrion, along with a single by Edmond Americaan in the eighth inning.
Sanderson was lights out in his second outing of the tournament. He allowed NO runs on three hits, two walks and fanned six batters in picking up his second tournament win.
The Chipola baseball team departed Tuesday for Grand Junction in hopes of a second straight national championship. They are scheduled to face Walters State in game four of the JUCO World Series Saturday at 7:30 p.m. MDT or 8:30 central daylight savings time.