Rams take on North Sunflower in MAIS playoffs
Kemper Academy senior Landon Dixon had his senior night dream come true for him in the Rams last regular season game against Newton County Academy.
Dixon came to the plate with two outs and the bases loaded with Zane Knight, Kix Wilson, and Eli Weaver on. With a 1-0 count, Dixon fired one up the middle to bring Knight home and walk it off to end the season with a 4-3 win and place the Rams at the third seed in the playoffs. The Rams had a long drive on Tuesday as they traveled to North Sunflower, who is the four seed, for the first game of a in a three game series. KA hosts North Sunflower at 5 p.m. on Friday with a deciding third game to follow immediately following if needed.
The Rams will have a lot of defense to focus on as they made six errors against Newton. The Rams will have to face North Sunflowers mighty duo in Dalton Hollis and Nick Billhofer. Hollis is also strong on the mound and will give Kemper all he has.
KA Coach Colt Kilpatrick thinks Kemper can definitely get past North Sunflower and head into round two. Round two is where the Rams will face their biggest challenge yet in Benton Academy. Benton is led by USM commit J.B. Middleton, who has been recorded with a fastball of 90 mph and an impressive slider in the 70s. T
he Rams will have some big challenges to face this postseason but the determination f some of these Rams go unmatched. “ If we can shore up our defense I see no reason why we can’t go into round two and give Benton a run for their money”, Kilpatrick said.