By Rocky Higginbotham

Kemper County Messenger

Kemper Academy’s softball team was finally able to get back on the field early last week, when the Lady Rams picked up a pair of fast-pitch victories.

Kemper steamrolled its way to a 20-0 win over visiting Starkville Academy last Monday afternoon, then went to Hebron Christian School on Tuesday and pulled away late for a 17-4 victory.

The contest at Hebron was the District 3-A opener for Kemper, which improved to 5-3 overall and 1-0 in league play.

This week, the Lady Rams are scheduled to be on the road twice: Monday at Columbus Christian Academy and Thursday at Winston Academy.

KA is back at home next week for a trio of games: Monday (Aug. 28) against Calhoun Academy, Tuesday (Aug. 29) against Hebron and Thursday (Aug. 31) against Winston.

Coach Robert Luke said his team is still trying to make up a contest with Oak Hill Academy which was postponed two weeks ago.

Last Monday, the Lady Rams did all of their damage against Starkville in just two innings – scoring 11 times in the first and nine more times in the second of a rout-shortened affair.

Kristen Cook homered and finished 3-for-3 with a couple of runs scored and three RBIs; Alyssa Gully had two hits, three runs scored and two RBIs; and Anna Morgan King had two hits, two runs and three RBIs to lead the Lady Rams.

Libba Dudley was 2-for-2 with a couple of RBIs and a run; Sara Gaylord singled, scored twice and drove in one; Karley Clark singled and scored two runs; Jordan Gully singled, scored three times and had an RBI; and Allie Redmond doubled, scored and drove in a run.

Leadoff hitter Jena Bobo was the only starter without a hit, because she walked in all three plate appearances and scored three runs.

Cook (4-3) was the winning pitcher, giving up five hits in three scoreless innings. She struck out four and walked one.

Tuesday at Hebron, the Lady Rams trailed 2-1 after two innings of play. But Kemper scored four times in the top of the third and never looked back.

It was 8-2 after four innings, then the Lady Rams erupted for nine runs in the top of the fifth frame to blow it wide open.

Dudley was 4-for-4 with a double, four runs scored and three RBIs and Bobo tripled, singled twice, scored three times and had two RBIs to lead KA.

Gaylord added two hits, a run and an RBI; Cook doubled, scored twice and had an RBI; Jordan Gully singled, scored twice and drove in three runs; Redmond singled, scored twice and drove in a pair; Clark scored and had one RBI; and Alyssa Gully and Avery Luke both scored.

Cook (5-3) was the winning pitcher again. She gave up four hits and one earned run while striking out three in four innings before Luke finished up.