SULPHUR — The top-seeded Rosepine Eagles flexed their muscles early, scoring five runs over the first three innings in a 6-1 Class 2A quarterfinal win over Kinder.
The Eagles (20-7) advanced to face No. 4 Mangham in the semifinals at 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Mangham advanced with a 2-1 win over No. 5 Rapides.
Lauryn McMahon and Desiree Squires combined to drive in five runs for the Eagles. McMahon went 3-for-3 with two doubles and three RBIs while Squires was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs. They each drove in runs in the first and third innings as Rosepine assumed control.
“One through six, I would put our lineup against anybody in the state,” said Eagles head coach Glenn Granger. “They came up big and got the job done for us today.”
Pitcher Morghan LaTour held the Yellow Jackets (19-12) to three hits while striking out nine. She struggled with control late, finishing with seven walks.
“She started getting fatigued about the second or third inning,” Granger said. “It is hot on the turf and there is a lot of pressure on the pitcher out there.”
Kinder scored in the seventh, getting a single from Laura Gartman and walks to Kate Trahan, Balie Treme and Sarah Estes to get on the board.
LaTour forced a ground ball to end the game.
Gartman reached base on all four plate appearances, getting two singles, a walk and reaching on an error.
Granger said his team is playing well enough to take home the trophy Saturday. The Eagles were eliminated in the semifinal round last year.
“The girs are playing well, at a championship level,” he said. “We played 4A and 5A schools, and came to the Sulphur tournament to get ready for this. The girls are focused and ready to play.”
Haylee Brinlee doubled, tripled and scored two runs for Rosepine.