Edna Karr’s baseball team snapped a four-game losing streak with 10-2 victory over Warren Easton on Wednesday at Kirsch-Rooney Stadium.
Karr improved to 11-5 with the win.
“It might look easy on the scoreboard,” Karr coach Donnie Russell said. “But the last two weeks we’ve been dealing with a rash of injuries. We’ve got a bunch of starters out and a bunch of sore arms. We dropped four straight, so it was good to get a win today.”
Karr starting pitcher Tyree Thompson got into trouble in the bottom of the first inning, when he allowed a two-run, inside-the-park homer to opposing pitcher Jordan Spann.
Thompson, however, settled down and allowed no runs and just two hits after.
“My mentality after that was to come back stronger,” Thompson said. “I missed my spot on the fastball, and he put the barrel on the ball. So the next pitch I just came back harder, and then again after that.”
The Cougars broke the game open in the fourth inning with the score tied at 2. Malik Shahrer led off inning with a walk. With Kerry Bruce at the plate, Sharer stole second and third base, then scored on a wild pitch to give Karr a 3-2 lead.
“We try to be very aggressive on base,” Sharer said, “put pressure on the defense and force them to make bad plays, then score on those errors.”
Aggressive base running paid off for Karr in a big way.
Bruce followed Sharer’s lead by walking and stealing two bases, and then scored on a dropped third strike to the next batter.
Karr pushed across five runs in the fourth inning, capitalizing on stolen bases and errors, to go up 7-2. The Cougars added three more runs the rest of the way.
“They had just seven hits in the game. “That’s our MO,” Russell said. “Everyone knows we’re going to play small ball. We have five losses, and we outhit the other team in all five. ... We’re going to run into some outs, but in the long run it’s going to pay off for us.”
Karr and Easton will face off at Kirsch-Rooney again on Thursday.