ROSEPINE — After finishing the District 3-2A season as the runner-up to the Menard Lady Eagles, the Rosepine Lady Eagles knew they still had a chance at winning a state championship.

ROSEPINE — After finishing the District 3-2A season as the runner-up to the Menard Lady Eagles, the Rosepine Lady Eagles knew they still had a chance at winning a state championship.

With Menard playing in the Division III bracket, Rosepine (19-7) took the top spot in the Class 2A bracket as the principals within the Louisiana High School Athletic Association voted to split public schools from the private schools in the playoffs.

The Lady Eagles have favorable road to the state finals in the Class 2A bracket, provided they are able to keep up their monstrous run production in the playoffs.

Rosepine scored 37 runs in its first two playoff games, wins over Mentorship Academy (30-0) and Oakdale (7-0).

As they have averaged almost 19 runs per game in the playoffs, Rosepine has also blasted eight home runs, four of which has come from junior McNeese State commit Haylee Brinlee, the team’s third baseman.

In addition to Brinlee’s home runs, seniors Lauryn McMahon and Morghan LaTour each have a homer, as does shortstop Kelsey Gill.

LaTour has been impressive in the circle as well, firing 10 no-hit, shutout innings. Her first nine innings were perfect and she has struck out 21 of the 30 batters she has faced thus far in the playoffs.

The Lady Eagles have received a bosst at the top of the order by eighth-grade speedster Chloe Bennett, who starts at second base, allowing LaTour, an LSU-Eunice signee, to be moved to second in the order.

Brinlee and McMahon, a Lamar University signee, follow LaTour in the order, with junior first baseman Desiree Squires, an Army commit, bats fifth in the order.

Gill is sixth in the lineup, while outfielders Kailee Bishop, Brittany Moses and Alyda Bailey round out the order.

Rosepine is hoping to make its second state final in school history, the only other one coming in an extra-inning classic against Evangel, a 3-2 loss when former Miss Softball Christina Hamilton was a junior.

The Lady Eagles open play at the state tournament in Sulphur against the eighth-ranked Kinder Lady Jackets at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday.

A win by the Lady Eagles could set up a meeting with another District 3-2A rival in Rapides, provided the Lady Mustangs when their quarterfinal matchup.

If the seedings go as planned and No. 1 faces No. 2 in the state championship game at 5 p.m. on Saturday, then the Lady Eagles would run into a very familiar face in the second-ranked Many Lady Tigers.

The teams played each other twice in league play, with Rosepine and the Lady Tigers splitting, each winning on the road.