Kemp tops Scurry-Rosser behind Price’s strong effort
KEMP–After dropping their district opener on the road against the Scurry-Rosser Wildcats, the Kemp Yellowjackets returned home against those same Wildcats as they took their home opener in district play March 29.
The ’Jackets dropped their district opener March 26 by a score of 12-8 against the Wildcats and looked to get some revenge Friday night with Dakota Price on the mound for Kemp.
The Wildcats managed just a one-out single in the top of the first inning before Price got a fielders’ choice and a strikeout to end the inning.
Logan Greathouse led off the bottom half of the inning with a walk before taking second base on a wild pitch. Price helped himself out as he ran out a ground ball to the shortstop that ended up in the Scurry-Rosser dugout, scoring Greathouse from second and putting Price on second with no outs and Kemp ahead 1-0.
Kemp catcher Noah Herring followed with an RBI single to increase Kemp’s lead to 2-0 after the first inning.
With a runner on second base and a Scurry-Rosser batter laying down a bunt back to Price, the throw sailed over the head of Kemp first baseman Dylan Ashcraft to score the Wildcats’ first run of the night to cut the deficit to 2-1.
A bases-loaded walk tied the score 2-2 before Price struck out the final batter looking to end the top half of the inning.
After a one-out walk from Ethyn Irvin and Cameron Fiatte reaching on an error, Kemp failed to knock in a run as the two teams sat tied after two innings.
The game remained scoreless through the next two innings as Price took the mound in the top of the fifth inning. Price picked up his first 1-2-3 inning of the night as Kemp looked to jump back in front in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Herring led off the bottom half of the inning with a walk to set up an infield single from Mason Claver to put runners on first and second with no outs. After Aschraft was hit by a pitch, Irvin stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and no outs. Irvin delivered with an RBI single to put Kemp in front 3-2.
On what looked to be a huge play for the Scurry-Rosser defense that would’ve ended the inning, a ground ball to the pitcher was tossed home. After stepping on home plate for the second out, the throw down to first base was dropped, allowing Ashcraft to score and putting the ’Jackets ahead 4-2 after the fifth inning.
After hitting a batter in the top of the sixth inning, Price got the next batter to ground into a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning.
After an infield hit from Greathouse and a double from Price, Herring delivered with an RBI single to increase the Kemp lead to 5-2. Cameron Clamon added an RBI single to make it 6-2 before Kemp added a run on a wild pitch to take a 7-2 lead heading into the final inning.
After getting the leadoff hitter to line out to second base, a one-out walk ended the night for Price after 6.1 innings of work.
Claver stepped up to the mound in relief and got the final two batters out in order to give Kemp their first district win of 2019.
Price picked up the win on the mound with 6.1 strong innings of work, allowing two runs (zero earned) on just four hits with three walks and eight strikeouts.
Herring led the way for the ’Jackets going 2-for-4 with two RBIs and scoring a run in the win over the Wildcats.
The win moves Kemp to 1-1 in district play after their home-and-home with Scurry-Rosser.
Kemp hits the road April 5 to take on the Palmer Bulldogs with first pitch scheduled for 7 p.m.