By Rocky Higginbotham

Kemper County Messenger

Kemper Academy’s softball coaches have about as much time shuffling their schedule as they have playing games over the last month.

But while several dates and matchups have changed, two things have remained true: The Lady Rams keep piling up wins, and they’re about to be really busy these next couple of weeks.

Kemper won a pair of contests last week, beating Columbus Christian Academy 12-0 on Tuesday before taking an extra-inning, 5-4 win over Hebron Christian School on Thursday.

Those victories lifted the Lady Rams to 9-4 overall this season and 5-0 in district play.

Barring any schedule changes, KA will play at least eight games this week and next week combined.

This week, the Lady Rams are now scheduled to host Wayne Academy on Monday and go to Calhoun Academy Tuesday. They were to entertain the Jackson Lady Victors Wednesday and are slated to go to Newton County Academy Saturday.

Next week, Kemper is scheduled to go to Wayne on Monday (Sept. 18) and host Winston Academy on Wednesday (Sept. 20). They’ve also qualified for the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools’ Class A North State Tournament which begins Saturday, Sept. 23 at Calhoun Academy.

Last Thursday, the Lady Rams had to come from behind to beat Hebron in extra innings after twice run-ruling the Lady Eagles earlier this year.

Kemper was down 3-2 before tying the game in the sixth inning. Neither team scored in the seventh.

In the eighth, with the international tiebreaker in place and both teams starting the inning with a runner at second base, Hebron scored once to take a 4-3 lead.

But in the bottom of the inning – with Allie Redmond starting the frame as a baserunner at second – Anna Morgan King and Jena Bobo delivered back-to-back, RBI doubles to produce the walkoff win.

Bobo and Sara Gaylord each had three hits and Bobo scored and drove in one to lead KA.

Alyssa Gully singled, doubled, scored once and had an RBI; Kristen Cook had two hits and one RBI; and Karley Clark also had two hits.

King had her double and a run scored; Libba Dudley and Avery Luke both had one hit; and Redmond scored twice.

Cook was the winning pitcher, striking out a season-high 11 in eight innings.

Last Tuesday, KA scored five times each in the first and third innings and coasted to a 12-0 win over visiting Columbus Christian.

Bobo was 2-for-3 with a home run, two runs and two RBIs and Clark was 2-for-3 with a double, two runs and two RBIs to pace a 16-hit attack.

Seven different Lady Rams had at least two hits. In addition to Bobo and Clark, King was 2-for-3 with a run and two RBIs; Gaylord was 2-for-3 with two runs; Redmond and Gully were both 2-for-3 with a run scored; and Cook was also 2-for-3.

Dudley and Luke both had one hit, one run and one RBI.

Cook was the winning pitcher, striking out seven while spinning a two-hit shutout.