By DANIEL GREEN
SULPHUR – The top-ranked Rosepine Eagles left absolutely no room four doubt.
The Eagles pounded out 12 hits in a five-inning, 14-0 triumph over the No. 5 Many Tigers in the Class 2A semifinals on Wednesday at McMurry Park in Sulphur.
The barrage began in the first inning for the Eagles and it didn’t let up as they scored at least two runs in each of the first four innings.
It all began with Braden Trull on the mound. He retired the side in order in the first inning, bringing the Eagles to the plate for the first time.
Jake Smith tripled to deep centerfield and scored on a single off the bat of Logan Calcote for a 1-0 lead. Calcote took second when Grant Ducote was hit by a pitch and the bases were later loaded when Trull legged out a single.
Calcote scored on a sacrifice fly by Dalton Keel and Cole Donahue followed with an RBI-single for a 3-0 lead. A little later, Aden Cline smacked a 2-run single down the left field line to open up a 5-0 lead.
The lead grew to 7-0 in the bottom of the second. Ducote doubled to left center and scored when LSU signee Ethan Frey absolutely crushed a Jack Deville offering well over the wall in the power alley.
Smith added a 2-run blast in the third, while Calcote and Ducote both scored as Rosepine opened up an 11-0 cushion.
Three more runs in the fourth sealed the deal for Rosepine as Cline drove in a run with a single and Smith added a 2-run double for the final margin of victory.
Trull threw only 52 pitches in four innings to earn the win on the mound. He gave up just one hit and struck out four. Casey Tilley worked the final inning, giving up no runs on one hit with a strikeout.
Smith was 3-for-4 with a double, triple and a home run, along with four RBIs, while Cline was 2-for-3 with three RBIs. Donahue also had a pair of hits, including a double, and an RBI. Frey’s lone hit was a homer and he drove in two runs.
Deville suffered the loss for the Tigers, lasting only one and a third innings. J.C. Hendrickson and Trevor McLendon each had a hit for the Tigers.