Rosepine, Grand Lake play for titles

Published 12:00 pm Friday, May 13, 2022

Rosepine will be rooting for history to repeat itself while Grand Lake will try to flip the script when the teams play in state championship baseball games today at Sulphur’s McMurry Park.

Defending Class 2A champion and top seed Rosepine (33-2) will face No. 11 Doyle (23-14) while No. 1 Grand Lake (22-6) gets another crack at defending 1A champion No. 3 Oak Grove (14-15).  Both games are rematches of last year’s championship games and will begin at 6 p.m.

Rosepine head coach Jeff Smith said he hopes his senior class goes out in style.

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“This group of guys has been together for a long time,” he said. “There is a lot of water under that bridge. We know each other well. They have just bought into what we do, and they have been for years. They just play for each other. They are a tight-knit group of seniors. There are seven of them. I told them it is their moment and don’t let anyone take it from them.”

Rosepine beat Doyle 1-0 last year behind a dominant pitching performance by Ethan Frey. In the semifinal win over Many, Frey blasted his 13th home run of the season, extending his school record.

The Tigers have allowed six runs in five playoff games, including a 4-2 win over No. 2 Springfield in the semifinals.

Grand Lake is out to avenge last year’s 4-1 title-game loss to Oak Grove. The Hornets advanced to the final with an 11-1 win over Logansport. Oak Grove rallied to beat LaSalle 5-3 in their semifinal.