With its season a game away from reaching its end, the Doyle baseball team responded, taking a pair of games from Rosepine on Saturday to advance to the Class 2A quarterfinals at home Friday.
The No. 2-seeded Tigers, who played as the visiting team in the second game, had a little drama to get to the third and deciding game of the series as Mason Davis’ one-out single in the 10th inning lifted Doyle to a 2-1 win.
Doyle won the series with a 7-4 victory in the third game.
The Tigers will host No. 7 Avoyelles Public Charter, which swept No. 10 Pine 2-0, by scores of 7-6 and 21-0.
DOYLE 2, ROSEPINE 1
Doyle’s Andrew Yuratich was hit by a pitch with one out in the top of the 10th inning, and after a walk to Logan Turner, Davis singled to right field, knocking in the winning run.
Rosepine got a two-out single in the bottom of the 10th, but Hunter Mizell got a strikeout to end the game. Mizell struck out three in 1.2 innings of relief after Yuratich struck out 11 while giving up four hits and three walks in eight innings. Kolt Mitchell struck out one and gave up a walk in a third of an inning.
Davis, Tyson Stewart and Yuratich had the lone hits for Doyle with Rosepine's pitchers combining on 14 strikeouts.
Doyle’s Cade Watts walked to lead off the fourth and scored on Stewart’s double for a 1-0 lead, but Rosepine got a pair of singles in the bottom of the inning to push across a run.
DOYLE 7, ROSEPINE 4
The Tigers snapped a 4-4 tie with single runs in the fourth-through-sixth innings to pull away for the win.
Rosepine had three errors in the fourth to give the Tigers a 5-4 lead, and Cole Mack’s RBI double in the fifth stretched the lead to 6-4. Stewart drew a bases-loaded walk in the sixth for the game’s final run.
Braden Keen had an RBI-double and Stewart a two-run single in the first inning for a 3-0 Doyle lead before Rosepine scratched for two runs on a double and an error in the third.
Davis doubled and scored on Keen’s grounder in the third for a 4-2 lead, but Rosepine got two runs in the fourth to tie the game.
Turner and Mizell combined to give up 11 hits, four runs and strike out one.
Davis and Keen each had three hits, and Stewart had two hits and three RBIs to lead Doyle.