In early July, Kemp Alderman, a twelve-year-old boy from Decatur, MS set out to compete with USA Baseball's 12-U national team in the Pan-American Championships in Mazatlan, Mexico.
On Tuesday afternoon, he returned with a big welcome.
After picking up Kemp at the Jackson airport, the Alderman family drove east on I-20 toward Decatur. When they exited on Highway 15, they were met by a police escort that took them to the Decatur Courthouse where Kemp was greeted by Mississippi State Senator Terry Burton and Representative Randy Rushing who presented him an award of recognition for his achievements on the baseball field.
Alderman and his teammates made it all the way to Sunday night's championship game where they lost to Nicaragua 5-4. Alderman shone brightest as a relief pitcher, contributing to no-hitters thrown against Ecuador and Costa Rica.
Alderman is the first boy from Mississippi to make the national team.