Lady Wildcats finish softball season with 11-6 mark


Despite dropping their first-round series in the MHSAA Class 2A State Softball Playoffs in two straight games, Freddy Thomas said he was very encouraged with the fu­ture of his Kemper County Lady Wildcats.

“I was vey proud of the girls and pleased with what I saw happen this year,” Thomas said. “We were ahead of schedule with where we needed to be. We were blessed with good pitching, but what truly brought the team around was the offensive power we had. We were were able to get good quality at bats and put to­gether some runs.”

The Lady Wildcats fin­ished the season at 11-6, with all three teams they lost to — West Lincoln, Choctaw County, and Nanih Waiya — still being alive in the state playoffs.

Kemper County fell to West Lincoln 23-5 in the first game on Friday, be­fore dropping the second game and the series by the score of 11-0 on Saturday.

“They were a strong hit­ting team and our bats went cold after the fourth inning on Friday,” Thomas said.

Friday’s game was tied 4-4 going into the fourth in­ning before the Lady Bears score six times to take con­trol fo the game.

Rodezah Smith was 3-for-3 at the plate for Kemper County, while Neera Bell and Trinity Westerfield added two hits each. Bell also struck out eight West Lincoln batters on the day.

Kyla Grace led KCHS at the plate in Saturday’s game with a double.

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