Edna Karr’s baseball team suffered two losses during the 2014 season and both came at the hands of East Jefferson.
The Warriors handed Karr their only loss of the regular season, then beat them in the regional round on the Class 4A playoffs to end the Cougars’ season.
Seeking revenge, the Cougars (7-3) jumped on the Warriors early and ran away with a 10-0 victory at Kirsch Rooney Stadium on Wednesday night. The game was called in five innings because of the 10-run rule.
“That was the two teams from last year, and I told our guys that winning (Tuesday) won’t take the sting away from last year,” Karr coach Donnie Russell said. “We’ve got to learn how to win like last year’s team. This is a new team, and we’re looking forward to making another run.”
Karr started Tyree Thompson at pitcher for only the second time since he returned to the team after basketball season.
Russell said Thompson still holds a grudge about not starting at pitcher in last year’s playoff loss to the Warriors, and it showed with his play at the plate and on the mound in Tuesday’s game.
He pitched a no-hitter for five innings with six strikeouts. He also went 3-for-3 with three RBIs, three runs scored and was a home run shy of hitting for the cycle.
The Warriors’ only base runner came after a fielding error in the fourth inning.
“I came out with a lot of energy today,” Thompson said. “I told coach that I needed the ball when we see them again this year.”
Russell added, “He wears No. 2 like Derek Jeter, and he’s Captain Clutch for us. Whenever we need a big play, we can expect Tyree to come through for us.”
The Cougars offense came out rolling, getting on the board early.
After loading the bases in the first inning, first baseman Corey Bush smacked a single through the middle to bring in two runs and give Karr a 2-0 lead.
One batter later, Karr added a run after a wild pitch before East Jeff escaped the inning with a 3-0 deficit.
“All of our hitters came with a lot of discipline today, and I was able to get some hits for us when we need them,” Thompson said. “My guys told me they had my back on defense while I was pitching, and I’m just glad I helped them out with a few hits.”
While he got plenty of help from his teammates, Thompson made his day on the mound much easier with his play at the plate. He hit an RBI triple in the second inning and followed it up with a two-run double in the third inning.
Two batters later, Tyler Reid reached base on an error that also brought in two more runs, completing a five-run inning for the Cougars, and securing a 10-0 lead going into the fourth inning.
Karr second baseman Kerry Bruce went 2-for-2 with two RBIs and two runs scored.
“Kerry Bruce was huge for us (Tuesday),” Russell said. “He’s been hitting in the nine-hole, and everyone figured once Tyree came back he was going to the bench. I told him to find ways for me to keep him in the lineup, and he was great today.”