By Steve Swogetinsky

Kemper County Messenger

The Kemper Academy Rams have their backs against the wall Thursday when they travel to play Desoto Academy in Helena, Ark.

The two teams are competing in the first round of the Mississippi Independent Schools Association’s Class A baseball playoffs. The Rams lost a 10-0 decision in Dekalb Monday to Desoto in the first game. Game two will start at 1:30 p.m. at Desoto with the third game to follow, if needed.

“We just couldn’t get our bats going,” KA head coach Tony Cawthorn said. “We work on hitting every day. Their pitcher did a good job but we have hit good pitching before. We just couldn’t get going.”

Desoto scored three in the first, one in the sixth and six in the seventh. Logan Christopher took the pitching loss. Desoto outhit the Rams 7-3. Landon Stapleton had two hits while Dylan Dawson had one hit.

The Rams qualified for the playoffs last Thursday when they swept two games from Hebron Christian 14-9 and 7-4.

Dylan Ricks was the winning pitcher in the first game. He recorded five strikeouts. Dylan Dawson and Stapleton also pitched.

Kemper Academy scored five in the first, eight in the third and one in the fourth. Hebron scored two in the first, six in the third and one in the fifth.

Logan Christopher hit a double and a single. He scored two runs and scored three RBIs. Dylan Williamson and Chase Cawthorn both had two hits. Both scored two runs and knocked in two RBIs. Dylan Ricks and River Keaton both hit a single.

In the second game, Kemper Academy scored one in the first, three in the second, one in the fourth and two in the fifth. Hebron scored four runs in the first.

Dalton McFarland was the winning pitcher. Chase Cawthorn and Zane Knight also pitched.

The Rams had a 5-4 hitting edge. Knight had two hits while scoring two runs and knocking in another. Christopher hit a double while knocking in three runs. McDade and Cawthorn both hit a single.

“We played well in both of the Hebron games,” Coach Cawthorn said. “We played our starters in the first game, and gave some of our subs a chance to play in the second game.”