‘Best birthday present ever:’ Karr’s first-ever MLB draft pick, Tyree Thompson, selected by Texas Rangers in 26th round _lowres

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Edna Karr pitcher Tyree Thompson celebrates a triple that drove in a run against East Jefferson this past season.

Duplicating the success of his sophomore season was supposed to be a near impossible task for Tyree Thompson.

Someone apparently forgot to tell Thompson.

The Edna Karr junior put up eye-popping numbers again to earn his spot on the Louisiana Sports Writers Association Class 4A All-State baseball team for a second straight year.

Thompson made the team as a utility player after playing shortstop and pitcher.

He was once again dominant on the mound, but it was his season at the plate that was even more spectacular.

Thompson batted a team-high .600 with seven home runs and 34 RBIs. That was up from last season when he hit .330 with one home run and 17 RBIs.

Thompson, also a standout on the Cougars basketball team, hit safely in all 18 games after joining the team after basketball season ended.

He had 14 multihit games and six games with three or more hits.

He was named co-MVP in District 10-4A.

On the mound, he went 8-4 record with a 1.75 ERA. He struck out 101 in 84 innings, pushing his career strikeout total to 319.

Thompson was one of three New Orleans area players to be named to the 4A all-state team.

Franklinton outfielder Josh Magee also made the team.

Magee batted .529 with 10 doubles, six triples and 29 RBIs in helping the Demons reach the Class 4A quarterfinals.

Franklin is a Southern Miss signee but also is expected to hear his name called in the MLB draft.

He is ranked at No. 155 on the most recent list of draft prospects compiled by Baseball America.

Magee is joined on the all-state team by teammate Morgan Angelo.

Angelo, also a senior, was chosen as a utility player after playing shortstop, pitcher and in the outfield.

He batted .375 with four doubles, two triples and 20 RBIs for the District 8-4A champions. On the mound, he went 5-2 with a 1.04 ERA. He struck out 53 in 47 innings.

O’Neal Lochridge of St. Thomas More was named Outstanding Player in 4A after helping lead his team to a second straight state title. Lochridge batted .454 with 12 home runs and 53 RBIs. Lochridge is an LSU signee.

The shortstop anchored the middle of the Cougars lineup throughout the season, slugging at a .950 clip while stealing 21 bases in 23 attempts.

Mike Thibodeaux of runner-up Teurlings Catholic was voted Coach of the Year for baseball. Thibodeaux led Teurlings to a 27-10 overall record.

Two New Orleans players were selected to the 4A all-state team for softball.

Cabrini junior pitcher Karli Perque struck out 211 in 145.2 innings and had a 1.25 ERA.

She compiled a 15-11 record and hit her stride late in the season. She gave up just one hit in the first two rounds of the playoffs to help the Crescents reach the semifinals of the Class 4A playoffs.

Her most dominant outing was an eight-inning no-hitter in the first round against Tioga. She had 18 strikeouts in that performance.

Jenna Parker, a senior outfielder at Academy of Our Lady, also made all-state.

Parker, co-Most Valuable Player in District 9-4A, batted .604 this season and helped AOL reach the second round of the playoffs.

E.C. Delafield of North DeSoto was voted softball’s Outstanding Player.

The sophomore finished 26-1 on the mound, including two shutots at the LHSAA’s Fastpitch 56 state tournament as the Griffins won the 4A title. Delafield finished the season with 110 strikeouts in 61 innings.

Kirk Delatte of Assumption garnered Coach of the Year honors in softball after leading the Mustangs to a 18-10 record and their first trip to the state tournament since 1992.