By Rocky

Higginbotham

Kemper County Messenger



Kemper Academy had its seven-game winning streak snapped last Tuesday night in a lackluster performance against Columbus Christian Academy.

But the Rams bounced right back with a pair of victories to end the week, running their record to 12-4 on the year.

This is the final week of the regular season for the District 2-1A champion Rams, who have already locked up a postseason berth. Kemper was to travel to Grace Christian School on Tuesday this week, then host Scott County Thursday and entertain Starkville Christian on Friday.

The Rams will face a yet-to-be-determined opponent in a best-of-three, state quarterfinal series the week of May 1.

Last Monday against CCA, Dawson Shaw fanned 16 Rams in a complete-game performance and Columbus avenged a 16-0 loss to KA from earlier this season.

Columbus scored six times in the fourth inning to grab a 7-0 lead and the Rams played catch-up the rest of the way.

Trent Lightner was 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI and Chase Cawthorn was 2-for-3 with a triple and a run scored to lead the Rams.

Brooks McDade added a triple, a run and an RBI; Logan Christopher had one hit and one RBI; Dalton Sanderford singled and scored; and Gabe Sciple singled.

Lightner was the losing pitcher, going 3.2 innings with five walks and five strikeouts before giving way to Cawthorn and Logan Christopher.

Thursday against Scott County at Edinburg, Kemper scored four times in the top of the fourth to build an 8-3 lead, then erupted for seven runs in the top of the seventh.

McDade was 3-for-4 with two doubles, four runs and an RBI and Sciple had two hits, three RBIs and a run scored.

Cawthorn had two hits, three runs and two RBIs; Lightner had a single, double, three runs and an RBI; Jordan Higginbotham tripled and drove in two runs; Dylan Williamson singled, drove in two and scored twice; Logan Christopher had a single, two runs and two RBIs; Sanderford singled, scored and drove in one; Jonathan Atkinson singled and scored; and Josh Mitchell and Branson Gully both scored.

Cawthorn started and got the pitching win, giving up five hits and two earned runs in three innings.

Friday at Starkville, KA erupted for 12 runs in the top of the fifth inning and won by the 10-run rule.

Lightner had a monster day by going 5-for-5 with six RBIs and three runs scored to lead Kemper’s 18-hit attack.

Cawthorn had two hits, three RBIs and a run; Tanner Owen had two hits, three RBIs and two runs; Logan Christopher had a single and a double, two runs and an RBI; McDade had a single, double, a run and two RBIs; Sciple had two hits and two runs scored; Sanderford had one hit, four runs scored and an RBI; Mitchell had one hit, two RBIs and a run; and Jack Christopher had one hit, three runs and an RBI.

Logan Christopher went the distance on the mound to get the win, going five innings and giving up three earned runs while striking out five.