DERIDDER – The DeRidder offense struggled to string hits together for six innings, but in the bottom of the seventh, the sticks came alive.

With one out and the bases load, Dragon shortstop DJ Kendall hit a single to right field to drive in the game winning runs for a 4-3 win over Rosepine.

"We knew we had a chance if we got some runners on," DeRidder head coach Joseph Peavy said. "We shot ourselves in the foot a couple of times with runners on the base.

"I felt like with Bryce (Austin) getting on, we had a chance. I didn't want to bunt and give up an out. Once Ashton got a hit and we had two runners on, I had an inkling that we had a chance."

Through six innings, the Eagles' pitching staff kept the bats of DeRidder at bay, allowing just five hits.

"We competed," Rosepine head coach Jeff Smith said. "When you look at the scoreboard, we had ten hits but just three runs. We have to do a better job of hitting with guys in scoring position. Other than that, I thought we played well."

Rosepine freshman pitcher Ethan Frey was solid on the mound, giving up just three hits over 4 1/3 innings and striking out six before hitting his pitch count.

"He had good command tonight, and the breaking ball was working for him," Smith said. "He stayed down in the zone. He's figuring it out and will be good for us in the postseason."

In the bottom of the seventh, Kalob Broocks, Ashton Broussard and Trace Galloway all reached on singles. Catcher Cameron LeJeune singled down the third-base line to score Broocks, setting up Kendall's walk off.

Rosepine (7-15, 4-2) had its offense rolling early, starting the game with three straight singles before an RBI ground out and an RBI double by Hunter Harriman to go up 3-0.

"We played hard all night," Smith said. "We needed to extend some at bats, and we froze up a couple of times with two strikes. I felt like that's where they outplayed us. We were fairly even off the mound and both played good defense. I think they outbattled us with two strikes."

Andrew Perkins went 2-for-4, and Frey went 3-for-4 from the plate for Rosepine.

Gage Gregory and Ashton Broussard each went 2-for-3 for the Dragons.

Austin threw all seven for DeRidder, giving up nine hits and striking out seven.

"I thought Bryce pitched as good as you can to win," Peavy said. "He got out of some jams in the middle innings and out of the inning where they scored three runs. They could have scored more on him. He has a tendency to leave the ball up because he's a tall guy. I thought he threw great tonight, and it was one of his better outings of the year. He battled and competed. That's all we ask for."

Despite the loss, Smith liked what he saw out of his guys and hopes they can use it going forward.

"We knew they were a good team coming in, and that they are well coached," Smith said. "They have some good players and play the game right. We thought we could compete with Ethan on the mound, and we did."

The win puts DeRidder at 16-9 on the year, and Peavy think this game could show dividends down the road.

"Overall, we needed a win like that," Peavy said. "We haven't had a chance or opportunity to have a comeback or show to ourselves that we can come back in win a game. Every time we've been down, we've lost the game. That's our first comeback of the year. I'm proud of them for that, and I think that gives us momentum going forward."