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Mid-State Toyota “Athlete of the Week” Matt Kemp

Stephanie King

The postseason is a time when players step up and give everything they have to help their team win. This week’s athlete of the week has stepped up all season long and has become a leader for his team whether on or off the field. He has had an amazing season and looks to keep it going as his team enters postseason play. This week’s Mid-State Toyota “Athlete of the Week” is Randleman’s, Matt Kemp.

Kemp, a junior, has been a solid contributor for the Randleman Tigers since stepping on the field during his freshman season. He is a multi-positional player who works day in and day out to help make himself and his team better. He put in a spectacular performance over the course of four days to lead the Tigers to the PAC-7 Conference baseball tournament.

After the Tigers picked up a win over High Point Andrews on Monday, Kemp had a strong game in the Tigers’ win over Trinity on Wednesday. He finished with two hits on the day including a three-run homer. He would shine in the championship game as the Tigers defeated the Providence Grove Patriots 11-2. Kemp got the job done on both sides of the ball on the mound and at the plate. He put the Tigers on the board with a leadoff solo home run in the top of the second inning for one of his three hits. He added another run later in the game for a total of two runs scored. He was phenomenal on the mound giving up zero runs on two hits, four walks, and struck out 12 batters in five innings of work. He had multiple innings of more than one strikeout including the bottom of the fourth when he struck out three straight batters to force the Patriots to go three up three down.

With one more year left as a Tiger, Kemp will be looked upon to lead the way next season. But first, he will lead the Tigers into the state playoffs next week in hopes of advancing and winning a state title. When his high school career is all said and done, Kemp will continue his baseball career at the next level after committing to NC State last spring.

Congratulations to Matt Kemp on being named this week’s Mid-State Toyota “Athlete of the Week!”

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