By Steve Swogetinsky

Kemper County Messenger

The Kemper Academy Rams saw their 2018 baseball season come to an end last week as they were swept by Desoto (Ark.) Academy in the first round of the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class A state playoffs.

 The Rams lost the first game 10-0 and then fell 11-2 in game two. The Rams finished the season with a 7-5 record.

“We just couldn’t put any hits together,” Coach Tommy Cawthorn said. “When we made contact, the ball went right to them

“I was happy with the season. We only had two seniors returning from last year and we still made the playoffs. We have a good group of players returning next year and some good players coming up from the junior varsity. We should be strong for the next several years,” Cawthorn said.

Two Kemper Academy players received post-season honors. Chase Cawthorn was named the Most Valuable Offensive Player of the district, and Logan Christopher was named the Most Valuable Defensive Player. Both have been named to play in the Academy all-star baseball game May 22 at Smith-Wills Stadium in Jackson.

Desoto 10,

Rams 0

Desoto took the early lead and finished big in the first game of the series which was played at Kemper Academy.

Desoto scored three in the first, one in the sixth and six in the seventh.

Christopher took the pitching loss. He struck out two and allowed two earned runs.

The Rams finished with three hits. Dylan Dawson had a double while Landon Stapleton hit two singles.

Desoto 11,

Rams 2

The Rams traveled to Marvell, Ark., Friday where they lost the second game of the series.

Desoto scored one in the first, five in the second, two in the fifth and three in the sixth. Kemper Academy scored one in the second and one in the fifth.

Christopher took the pitching loss.

Cawthorn hit a double and a single while River Keaton had two singles and knocked in one run. Dylan Ricks, Landon Stapleton, Dylan Williamson and Branson Gully all hit a single.