SULPHUR – After an emotional win in the quarterfinals, Rosepine was able unable to keep the momentum going, falling in the Class 2A State Semifinals.

Doyle jumped out to an early lead, and the Lady Eagles could not make up the lost ground, losing 11-1 in five innings.

"It's different playing on the turf," Rosepine head coach Glenn Granger said. "The ball does different things. They had a couple of swings inside-out, and when you drop them on that infield and they're spinning, it's hard to make a judgement on it. Even without those couple of balls, my hat is off to them. They hit the ball very well.

"A lot of people will say that you left all of your game at the game before. We got here early this morning and had a good little practice. The girls were ready. They played better than us today.

Doyle scored seven runs, including a 3-run home run, in the bottom the second inning to go up 8-0.

Doyle added another 3-run homer in the bottom of the fourth to increase the lead to 11-0, but Rosepine got a run back in the top of the fifth as Jenna Marler drove in Cheyenne Vander.

The Lady Eagles (19-12) could not get anymore runners across, and Doyle won in five innings.

Rosepine has five seniors moving on the from the team, and they have left their mark on a storied Rosepine program.

"I cant' say enough about my seniors," Granger said. "We were talking and remembering when they were little seventh graders. They have been leaders, and even when they were juniors, they were still leaders.

"I knew it was going to be a special season because of those guys, because of the hard work that they've done over the last five, six years."

Kinder defeated Rosepine twice in the regular season, but the Lady Eagles got theirs on the biggest stage.

Behind a gem in the circle from Chloe Bennett, Rosepine beat Kinder 8-1 to advance to the Class 2A State Semifinals.

“It’s a great feeling,” Granger said after the game. “We still have two games left, but to be honest with you, going into this season, that was the team to beat. To win state, Kinder was the team to beat. Even though Mangham is the returning state champ, they are the real deal.

“We stressed all week: no fear, no errors and let’s go at them.”

Bennett struck out four, walked one batter and gave up six hits over seven innings to the No. 2 ranked team in the state.

After two scoreless innings, the Rosepine offense got a boost with a two-run home run from Haylee Brinlee to go up 2-0.

Later in the inning, Vander hit a triple off the wall to drive in Desiree Squires, and Peyton Thaler hit a triple of her own to score Vander.

“It’s great, because a pitcher like (Kinder’s Sarah Gartman), she’s good, and if we can fire up the bats against her, then we are unstoppable,” Brinlee said.

In the top of the fifth inning, Kelsey Gill opened up the inning with a solo shot to make it 5-0.

“We made our adjustments really early,” Gill said. “That really helped a lot.

“I just backed off the plate a little bit, and quick hands are the key to faster pitchers.”