Rosepine crushes Many, offense supports Trull’s shutout

Published 1:00 pm Thursday, May 12, 2022

SULPHUR — With Braden Trull dealing on the mound and Jake Smith swinging away at the plate, No. 1 Rosepine rocked No. 5 Many 14-0 on Wednesday in five innings in the Class 2A semifinals of the state baseball tournament.

“I have just been telling them all week, and especially today when we met in the clubhouse, that we had to go out and set the tone,” Rosepine head coach Jeff Smith said. “I knew if Trull came out, and he was in the strike zone early, he was going to be tough.

“He has been really tough lately. He came out and established the zone. We played defense behind him, and he got us in the dugout. It just sets the tempo for the offense to get rolling. We swung it well tonight, and I am super proud of my guys.”

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Trull pitched four scoreless innings with four strikeouts, one walk and one hit. Smith missed hitting for the cycle by a single, going 3-for-4, plus four RBIs.

The defending Class 2A champs will play No. 11 Doyle at 6p.m. Friday in the final. No. 11 Doyle beat No. 2 Springfield 4-2.

Smith hit a two-run home run in the third inning with two outs and a two-run triple in the fourth to bring home the Eagles’ final runs.

“It feels great,” Smith said. “It feels good to be back here.

“That second at-bat, I kept a curveball, and I should have pounded it up the middle. That would have probably got me that single, but I felt really good and was seeing it really good.”

The Eagles (32-2) got to Many starting pitcher Jack Deville in the first inning with five runs on five hits. Ethan Frey hit a two-run blast to left-center field in the second inning that ended Deville’s day.