The No. 15 Rosepine Lady Eagles were unable to answer a three-run third inning by the No. 18 Sacred Heart-Ville Platte Lady Trojans on Monday afternoon bowing 5-2 in the Class 2A bi-district playoffs.
Sacred Heart (15-10) struck for a run in the first, but the Lady Eagles answered in the bottom half of the frame when Liz Davis slapped a single to left. Desiree Whitaker followed a couple outs later reaching base on a Lady Trojan error to allow Davis to score from third to tie the game 1-1 after the first inning.
The Lady Trojans rattled the Rosepine (18-10-1) defense in the third with the top of the the lineup.
Alley Soileau led off the third with a single to right, followed by a Heather Fontenot single up the middle. Kelsey Jagneaux picked up her second RBI of the game reaching first on a Rosepine error for a 2-1 SHVP lead.
Rosepine picked up an out on a fielder’s choice, but before the Lady Eagles could get out of the inning, Jagneaux came home on a passed ball and Heather Johnson scored on the second Lady Eagle error of the inning to take a commanding 4-1 lead.
“That three-run inning is what beat us,” Rosepine head coach Mark Brown said.
Emerald DesJardins led off the bottom of the third with a base hit to right and scored on a Hannah Cardy single to cut the deficit to 4-2.
However, that would be as close as the Lady Eagles would be able to get as they only got one baserunner in the final four innings, while the Lady Trojans tacked on a run in the seventh to take the 5-2 win.
“They were prepared to play, but they [Sacred Heart] got the breaks on the errors and we didn’t,” Brown said. “They played better defense than us today.”
Tabatha Pierce took the loss for the Lady Eagles in her first start since returning from an injury and pitched six innings, allowing two earned runs on five hits with two strikeouts and no walks.
Davis and DesJardins each finished 1-for-3 with a run scored, while Hannah Cardy picked up the only other hit, finishing 1-for-3 with an RBI.
Courtney Raming picked up the win for the Lady Trojans allowing two runs on three hits with three strikeouts and no walks.
Jagneaux led Sacred Heart by going 1-for-3 with a double, two RBIs and a run scored. Fontenot added a 2-for-4 effort with a run, while Soileau scored two runs on a 1-for-4 performance.
With the win, the Lady Trojans will host No. 2 John Curtis in the Class 2A regionals.
Looking back on the season, Brown said he knew it was a rebuilding year for the Lady Eagles and was proud of what they had accomplished despite their youth.
“I’m very proud of where we have come from day one to now,” Brown said. “They have matured leaps and bounds and I am very optimistic about next year. I just wish this year had a little bit more to it.”