Desoto County News

Legislators challenge Alabama counterparts, Guard for charity 

Photo: From left, state Reps. Justin Keen, W.I. “Doc” Harris, Dan Eubanks and Bill Kinkade.

Saturday at Trustmark Park in Pearl, legislators from Mississippi and Alabama were playing against each other for bragging rights, and for charity.  House members from the Mississippi state legislature played their Alabama counterparts in a softball game with proceeds from the game went to Children’s of Mississippi in Jackson.

On the field representing DeSoto County were state Reps. Bill Kinkade (R-Byhalia), W.I. “Doc” Harris (R-Hernando), Dan Eubanks (R-Walls) and Justin Keen (R-Byhalia).  

Mississippi House members (left) and Alabama House members in a group photo.

The game went to a 5-5 tie between the two sides through nine innings and the teams agreed to play one more inning, which ended in a 7-5 victory for the Alabama representatives. 

Blackhawk helicopter flyover before the Mississippi House vs. National Guard softball game.

The Mississippi House members then went on to play a second game Saturday, this time against the leadership of the Mississippi National Guard, a game punctuated by a flyover of a Blackhawk helicopter to start the proceedings. The Guardsmen dominated this contest by a final score of 19-1.  

Photos from the game are provided courtesy state Rep. Dan Eubanks.  

State legislators and National Guard leadership group photo.