Johnson spoke with Chaffee on Monday,
and the right-hander said he would be
ready to go on Tuesday. Both had a
similar meeting during last year’s
national tournament, with Chaffee
pitching the Indians to the clinching
win on limited rest.
“I asked him how long he could go, and
he told me, ‘Coach I’m going to throw a
complete game,’” Johnson said. “He’s
such a warrior. He has unbelievable
poise and determination.”
Chaffee’s offense backed him with only
one run through eight innings. Chipola
stranded 10 baserunners, including eight
through the first five innings.
Much of that had to do with Manatee
starter Scott Rembiscz, the state’s
Pitcher of the Year who also was stellar
through eight innings. He finished with
12 strikeouts to only one walk and eight
hits. His last hit was a backbreaker,
however, as tournament MVP Carlos
Moncrief, who had four RBIs, stroked a
three-run home run in the top of the
Rembiscz gave way to Matt Strawn. Strawn
did little to stop the momentum, when
Moises Montero hit a two-run homer to
cap the scoring and start the
The Indians withheld final jubilation
after Manatee’s Jonathan Rodriguez
reached on an error to load the bases
with one out in the bottom of the ninth.
Chaffee then worked Jonathan Griffin to
a 3-0 count before striking him out.
Chaffee struck out Max Loveland to end
Moncrief was 3 for 5 with a double,
homer, a run scored and the four RBIs.
Daniel Jones, who was held out of
Monday’s win over Pensacola with a
hamstring injury, was 2 for 3 with two
Loveland had one of Manatee’s four hits.
Hunter Wessells, Brett Holte and Robert
Haney had the other hits, all singles,
for the Lancers (40-16).
Chipola has time to relax and await its
first-round opponent at the national
tournament. The Indians open against the
South Central District winner at 4 p.m.
CDT May 24.