East Jefferson baseball coach Brent Whittington said his team needed to get off to a good start against Country Day if they wanted to have success.
“We needed to start fast against a program like Country Day’s and finish strong,” Whittington said. “They have a great offense so we needed to make them earn it. We hit very well tonight, and it paid off for us.”
The Warriors obviously got the message being preached by their coach.
East Jefferson (5-6) defeated Country Day 11-6 in seven innings at Pontiff Park.
The Cajuns trailed 5-4 in the third inning but couldn’t get any closer.
East Jefferson jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first inning. Kody McCarthy ignited the scoring started after his single to right field brought in Adrian Perre for a 1-0 lead.
Consecutive hits by Jimmy Prieur and Josh Lopez loaded the bases. Lopez then boomed one to center field to score two runs and stretch the lead to 5-0.
The big inning came to a halt when Country Day pitcher Jake Gitter struck out Patrick LeBlanc to retire the side. Gitter finish with four strikeouts, but he also gave up six runs.
Country Day coach Sam Dozier said he thought his team could rally from the early deficit.
“We had confidence the entire game that no hole was too big to get out of,” Dozier said. “We made a lot of errors out there tonight, and it cost us in the long run. We put a few runs together, but we never got in a good rhythm offensively.”
The Cajuns answered in the bottom of the first when Christian Kerut’s single brought in Jase Griffin for their first run.
Michael Hickey scored two hits later to cut the Warriors lead to 5-2. Griffin scored again in the second inning to help cut the lead to 5-4.
Both teams traded runs in the fourth inning before the East Jefferson exploded in the fifth inning. The Warriors reeled off four unanswered runs to expand the lead to 10-5. They Warriors added another run to bring their total to 11.
Country Day ended their offensive attack after Grant Matthew slammed a solo homerun to score the game’s final run.
Griffin struck out four and scored two runs for Country Day. Hickey also tacked on another two runs for the Cajuns.
Andrew Robertson struck out five hitters for the Warriors while surrendering no runs in four innings.
Perre led the Warriors with three runs scored, while Lopez added two runs.