ROSEPINE – The Lady Eagles had chances to move on to the state quarterfinals, but the ball did not fall their way late in the game.
No. 5 Rosepine fell 6-4 in a 12-inning contest Monday night to No. 12 Bunkie.
The Lady Eagles led 2-0 after the first inning following at 2-run home run by Calyn Brister and increased the lead to 3-0 after Jenna Marler scored on an error.
Leading 3-1 in the top of the seventh, Bunkie scored on a fielding and throwing error to tie it up to force extras.
"I told the girls that this is the only sport determined by errors," Rosepine head coach Glenn Granger said. "Football and basketball don't have errors, but baseball and softball has errors. A lot of times, those errors determine ball games. I'm real proud of the girls, though."
In the top of the 11th, the Lady Panthers took a 4-3 lead, but Rosepine tied it up after the Bunkie pitcher could not handle a throw to the plate, allowing Marler to score.
"We scouted them last week, and we knew their pitcher had a good rise ball and good spin coming inside," Granger said. "We worked on that yesterday and today. We hit a lot of balls to the fence, but their outfielders were at the fence."
Bunkie scored two runs in the top of the 12th on an RBI single, and this time, the Lady Eagles did not have an answer.
"We put pressure on them again with runners at first and second, and Camdyn (Fedderman) hit a hard shot," Granger said. "If that goes a little to the right or left, that is two runs scored. Am I blaming the game on errors? No. Bunkie played a great game."
Chloe Bennett pitched all 12 innings for Rosepine, striking out 14 and allowing 10 hits.
"This was very unusual for Chloe tonight," Granger said. "She doesn't usually get herself into binds or deep into the count. She continued to throw strikes tonight. She has been our workhorse this year, and she would have killed me if I tried to take her out of the game."
Rosepine loses just two seniors –Amy Roos and Peyton Thayer– and will have a lot to look forward to next season.
"Peyton has been our catcher the last two years, to be honest, she could come back next year, but she is choosing to graduate early," Granger said. "She wants to pursue college, and I don't blame her. Amy has worked hard and didn't really expect to be a starter this year, but she worked very hard in practice and came through for us a few times this year. I'm very proud of my seniors.
"Would I have expected us to go 19-6 at the end of the year? No, not with the people we lost last year, but they came together and are a very close-knit group."