Kemper Academy closes out fast-pitch softball


The Kemper Academy Lady Rams softball season has come to an end The Lady Rams traveled to Senatobia for the MAIS 3A North Half Tournament, in which they lost in two games. 

The first loss came to Lee Academy 6-5 in extra innings, while the second was a 10-2 loss to Sylva-Bay Academy. There were no stats reported for the two games, however head coach Savannah Cawthorn had something to say for each player. 

”All of our girls did really well,” she said. “We could not have asked for a better team. The outcome is not what any of us wanted. The way the team played and came together as one this weekend makes a coach happy… I will take this team to battle every time.” 

Cawthorn said Avery Knight kept the Lady Rams in the game with several hits. Kenzie Pitts earned two RBIs on the day and got some runs on the board for the Lady Rams. Cawthorn said Abigail Williams was able to help with great plays from second base, along with multiple hits on the day. Cawthorn said Shelley Knight and Jeana Dudley helped with great base-running and great plays in both games. 

She also complimented the defensive plays of senior Braylee Johnson, who made great catches at first base.Cawthorn said she was proud of the pitching effort from Kinsley Briggs who performed well in her first season pitching full time. Cawthorn also said Natalee Bozeman and Macee Johnson performed well in the tournament, considering they had to change positions at times. 

Cawthorn says she is saddened the season is over, however is ready for the next season. Cawthorn closed by saying, “I am saddened to see the season come to an end, but am already ready for next year.I want to thank all the players for trusting me in my first year of coaching. I couldn’t have done it without my help Lillian Williams and chase Cawthorn. I am looking forward to next year's season. We have a great group of athletes that I believe will go far. 

“To my seniors Natalee Bozeman and Braylee Johnson, I am going to miss y’all a lot next year,” Cawthorn said. “Y’’all were two good captains that always had positive attitudes and encouraged our team when we needed it. Y’all were two positive lights that our team will miss and have a great future ahead. 

“We have a young team so I believe Kemper Academy softball’s [future] is bright,” she said. 

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