ROSEPINE — Ticket punched.
ROSEPINE — Ticket punched.
The top-ranked Rosepine Lady Eagles got a no-hitter from senior pitcher Morghan LaTour, while junior third baseman Haylee Brinlee homered for the fourth time in two games as they downed the No. 17 Oakdale Lady Warriors in the second round of the Class 2A playoffs on Tuesday evening, 7-0.
The Lady Eagles improved to 19-7 overall with the victory, advancing to the state softball tournament next weekend in Sulphur at Frasch Park. They will play at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday against either No. 8 Kinder or No. 9 Pickering.
Oakdale, who had managed only one run against Rosepine in two district games this year, was unable to generate any offense, getting only one baserunner as LaTour faced the minimum.
It didn't take Rosepine long to get on the board. After LaTour struck out the side to open the contest, the Lady Eagles pushed two runs across in the bottom of the first inning.
Chloe Bennett bunted for a hit, took second on a stolen base and scored on an RBI-single off the bat of LaTour for a 1-0 Rosepine lead. LaTour took second when Lauryn McMahon reached on an error, setting the stage for a very odd play.
Desiree Squires blasted a double to left field, allowing LaTour to score. As the ball was tossed to third base, Oakdale's Darion Phillips attempted to reel in the throw. However, Rosepine's third base coach and Phillips got in close proximity with each other and the ball went by, allowing McMahon to be safe at third.
After consulting for several minutes, interference was called and McMahon was ruled out, leaving Rosepine with a 2-0 lead.
The Lady Eagles managed to tack three runs to the board in the third inning. LaTour reached on an infield single and stole second base cleanly. On the ensuing pitch, Brinlee cranked a 2-run homer over the wall in one of the deepest portions of the park for a 4-0 Rosepine lead.
McMahon followed with a hard shot up the middle, which nailed Oakdale pitcher Bri Hargrove in the wrist. However, Hargrove remained in the contest, while Cheyenne Vander replaced McMahon as a courtesy runner.
Squires reached on a walk and pinch runner Camdyn Fedderman came in to run. Eventually, Vander came around to score on a passed ball, but Fedderman was tagged out at home trying to score, leaving Rosepine with a 5-0 lead.
The Lady Eagles tallied two more runs in the fourth inning to go up, 7-0, getting an RBI-groundout from Brinlee, which scored Brittany Moses, while Bennett scored on a passed ball after collecting her second hit of the game.
From there, it was all LaTour. After firing a perfect game through six innings, the Lady Eagles committed an uncharacteristic error during the first at-bat of the seventh. However, LaTour forced a popout and then was the recipient of a 5-4-3 double play to end the game with a no-hitter, while also facing the minimum.
LaTour fanned 12 batters and walked none in the victory, while also going 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored.
Bennett was 2-for-4 for the Lady Eagles with two runs scored, while Brinlee was 1-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs. Squires had a double and an RBI as well.
Hargrove gave up seven runs on seven hits with three strikeouts and seven walks.