The Rosepine Eagles had its best season in school history.

The Rosepine Eagles had its best season in school history. The Eagles won their first district title as a member of Class 2A. They won a school record 25 games and reached the second round of the playoffs before falling to eventual state champion Northlake Christian. As a result, three members of that team have picked up special honors on the all-Vernon Parish baseball squad, as chosen by the sports department of the Leesville Daily Leader. Junior fireballer Brandon Russell and senior outfielder John Mark Holliday were chosen as the Pitcher of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, respectively, while boss Jeff Smith was named Coach of the Year. The remaining two special honors went to Pitkin senior Trevor West and Hicks' seventh-grader Ty Williams. West was named the Offensive Player of the Year in the parish, while Williams was the Newcomer of the Year. Russell, who batted a hefty .329 with a couple of homers and 25 RBIs, was solid on the mound for the Eagles as he posted a 9-2 record with a 1.63 earned run average. In 51 innings pitched, Russell struck out 58 batters and was a first-team all-district selection by the coaches in 4-2A, along with an honorable mention all-state pick by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association. Holliday, who drove in a single-season school record 48 RBIs for the Eagles, could've easily been selected the Offensive Player of the Year in the parish as he batted an impressive .434 with three homers and 29 runs scored. However, he committed just one error in the outfield for the Eagles and was honored for his standout work as a centerfielder. He was also a first-team all-district pick and honorable mention all-state. Smith, who has been the head coach at Rosepine for over 10 years now, guided the Eagles to a 25-3-1 record in 2010, including an 11-1 mark in District 4-2A, where he was the Coach of the Year. The only losses the Eagles had on the season were to Class 2A state quarterfinalist DeQuincy (by one run in 10 innings), Class C semifinalist Hicks (by one run in extra innings at the Leesville Tournament) and to eventual Class 2A champion Northlake Christian. West, a senior pitcher/first baseman, could've won the Pitcher of the Year award as he did a year ago as he was 3-1 in District 5-B play with a 2.73 ERA. However, West's numbers at the plate were phenomenal as he led the parish in home runs with 13, which included a three-homer performance late in the season against Lake Arthur. Overall, he batted .478 on the season with 42 RBIs and was a first-team all-district and all-state selection. Rounding out the special honorees is Williams. The 6-2 seventh grader primarily worked as the designated hitter for the Pirates and head coach Gary Williams, his father. Williams batted .390 on the season and was a second-team all-district pick by the coaches in District 4-C. The southpaw was one of the key players for the Pirates as they reached Bringhurst and the state tournament for the first time since 2007.