The Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School baseball team failed to earn the right to defend its state Class 1A title.
The Tiger Sharks (17-11) watched an early 4-0 lead evaporate on the road at Jay Tuesday, the hosts scoring four runs in the final two frames to salt away a 9-6 victory, ousting the Tiger Sharks a region semifinal.
The game turned when Jay scored four runs to take the lead in the bottom of the third inning.
Port St. Joe tied it at 5-5 in the top of the next frame but Jay responded with three runs in the fifth and another in the sixth.
The Tiger Sharks were forced on the road after losing the District 4-1A title game last Thursday.
Bozeman 10, Port St. Joe 0
Reversing the result from last year’s district title game, Cade Parker allowed just two hits and the Bucks ended the game after five innings on the mercy rule.
Port St. Joe had three hits, a double from Josh Butts and singles by Andre Hornsby and John Gee.
Bozeman scored five in the third inning, two in the fourth and three more in the fifth to end the game, played at Bozeman as host of the district tournament.
Carter Dorsch started for Port St. Joe and allowed nine runs (seven earned) on seven hits with four strikeouts and four walks.
Jacob Hopper allowed a run on two hits without an out as Bozeman ended the game in the fifth inning.
Each Bozeman batter, except Parker, had at least one hit.