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Chambers baseball and softball teams get first wins


Chambers Academy’s baseball and softball teams have picked up their first wins over the past week. The Lady Rebels defeated South Montgomery County Academy on Monday and are now 1-2 on the season. The Rebels baseball team defeated Lyman Ward last week for their first win and are 1-4 this season.

The Lady Rebels’ game against SMCA was a wild one that that ended with a 20-19 CA win.

The Raiders jumped on top with five runs in the first inning, but the Lady Rebels responded with three in the bottom of the inning. SMCA extended their lead to 7-3 in the second, but with two outs in the bottom of the second, CA scored seven runs to take their first lead.

Chambers added another run in the third inning, but the Raiders cut their deficit to one after three runs in the top of the fourth. Chambers would go on to score two in the bottom of the inning. By the end of the fifth inning, CA’s lead was 16-11.

After holding the Raiders scoreless in the top of the sixth, the Rebels added four more runs in the bottom frame to take a 20-11 lead to the seventh.

But the Raiders had one last chance and they made the most of it. They scored eight runs and had a runner on second with two outs. But Still made a game saving catch at the centerfield wall to preserve the CA win.

“I was really proud of how the Lady Rebels competed,” CA coach Matt Smith said. “We could have very easily just mailed it in after a far too familiar first inning, but instead we got up on our feet and hit SMCA back inning after inning. We had several players really step up and make some big plays both in the field and at the plate.”

Hand went the distance on the mound to earn the win. At the plate, the Lady Rebels were led by Barnes, who finished 2-for-4 with four RBI and two runs. Adams was 3-for-3 with three RBI and two runs and Blackburn was 2-for-4 with two RBI and three runs. McKensie Barnes was 3-for-3 with three RBI and three runs and Hand had a hit and two RBI. Stewart had two hits and an RBI, and Slay had two hits and a run.

In the baseball win, the Rebels blasted past Lyman Ward 12-1 on Tuesday of last week. The Rangers had defeated Chambers just five days earlier 5-4.

Chambers got a masterful pitching performance by senior Zac Slay, who tossed five innings and allowed just one hit and struck out five.

The CA offense gave Slay a nice confidence boost after jumping on top with two runs in the top of the first inning thanks to a Lane Hodges two-run single. The Rangers scored one run in the bottom of the inning, but that was all they managed. The Rebels scored four more in the third inning and then five in the fourth. They sealed the deal with one more run in the fifth, and the game was called after the bottom half of the inning.

Dylan Moncus finished 3-for-4 in the game and Hodges had two hits. Slay and Corey Richardson each had big hits in the win and Kason Shaver scored three times.