After a slow start to the season, the Chambers Lady Rebels’ softball team has gotten hot. They picked up their third win in a row by defeating Meadowview on Saturday and are now 3-2 heading into a very important week on the diamond.
Chambers started the week with a win over Abbeville on Monday and their second win of the season came on Thursday against Cornerstone, a team that has won six of the last seven Class 1A state championships. CA coach Matt Smith called it a “signature” win for the Rebels.
The victory didn’t come easy, though, as Chambers jumped out to a big lead, then lost it and finally got it back late in the game.
The Rebels led 19-18 heading to the seventh inning, but the Chargers tied it in the top of the inning. Chambers still had one last rally in their bag. With two outs and runners on second and third in the bottom of the seventh, senior Deven Still beat out a grounder to shortstop allowing McKensie Barnes to score the winning run in a 20-19 game.
“I’m really proud of how the ladies competed,” Smith said. “It can be tough mentally on a team when you surrender such a large lead but I kept telling the girls inning after inning that this was our kind of game and that we would find a way to win it in the end.”
The Rebels totaled 16 hits in the game, led by Tori Harmon who finished 3-for-4 with four RBI’s and four runs.
The girls kept the momentum going on Saturday when they defeated a good Meadowview team 6-4. CA totaled 10 hits in the game and Bre’Anna Hand once again went the distance on the mound to get the win.
“I was really proud of this victory on a number of different levels,” Smith said. “First off, we finished the week going 3-0. Secondly, we were playing a very strong Meadowview team that looks to be a contender in the west side of 1A without two of our key players Heather Blackburn and Nacole Adams. Finally, after winning our first two in last-to-hit wins fashion, I was really happy to see us come out and play strong defense and receive an excellent pitching performance from Bre’Anna Hand.”
The girls will host rival Springwood here in LaFayette on Thursday in the two teams’ first meeting of the year. That will be the Lady Rebels’ last game before their spring break. They are next scheduled to play Cornerstone on April 1 on the road.
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