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Juco baseball | Legendary SCF coach Tim Hill enters retirement after state tournament ouster

LAKELAND -- It was not the way legendary State College of Florida head baseball coach Tim Hill wanted to go out.

Hill, who in January announced his retirement effective at the end of the 2012 season, saw his career end Saturday when the Manatees dropped a 13-2 decision to Northwest Florida State in the elimination bracket of the Florida College Systems Activities Association state tournament.

The game was shortened to five innings by the 10-run rule.

It was a disappointing swan song for Hill, who racked up a 1,109-494 record during 31 seasons at the helm. Counting a stint at South Florida Community College, Hill collected 1,193 victories.

The Manatees were competing in their 17th consecutive state tournament under Hill. SCF teams won a state title and made a national tournament appearance during Hill's tenure.

After winning its opener at this year's state tournament, SCF dropped into the loser's bracket by falling 5-1 against Chipola College late Friday night. Lakewood Ranch's Andrew McNett led the Manatees with two hits.

Saturday's game was over rather quickly. The Raiders scored five runs in the first inning and were never threatened. Josh Allen hit an RBI double, and Conner Hale drove in Omar Garcia, who had doubled, for the Manatees, who finished the season 33-17-1.

Hill's son and assistant coach, Tim Hill II, will take over the reins next season.