By Ashley Oliver
The Chambers Academy Rebels’ JV Baseball team started the season strong last week with wins in 2 out of 3 games. In the 1st outing of the year the Rebels faced the Evangel-Alabaster Lightning. The Lightning proved to be fierce competition. Pitching was strong on both sides with Payton Allen taking the mound for the Rebels; pitching 3 innings. Allen struck out 7 and walked 6. He allowed 1 hit and 2 runs. Josh Holliday went in in relief for 2/3rd of an inning. Holliday walked 2 batters and struck out 1. With the score tied at 2 and Evangel’s number 3 batter at the plate, Jacob Oliver was brought in to relieve Holliday in the bottom of the 4th to face the sole batter. In unfortunate luck Evangel’s Caleb Lumpkin singled on the first pitch scoring 1 run to end the game 3-2 in Evangel’s favor. Jacob Oliver and Ben Caulfield led the Rebels collecting 1 hit each. Oliver and Zack Bylsma scored the only two runs of the game for the Rebels.
The JV Rebels next faced Eastwood in Montgomery on Tuesday defeating them 7-3. Jacob Oliver got the start for the Rebels on the mound pitching two innings. Oliver allowed 2 hits and struck out 2. Josh Holliday came in in relief to pitch the final 2 innings. Holliday struck out 2 and allowed no hits. Jacob Oliver led the team hitting going 2 for 3 at the plate. Dillon Williams went 1 for 2 and Payton Allen went 1-3. Oliver and Williams each had 2 RBI’s in the win. The turning point for the Rebels was in the top of the 4th when Dylan Williams singled on a 1-2 count; scoring 2 runs.
The final game of the week was at home against Cornerstone Christian. The Rebels defeated Cornerstone 5-4 in walk off fashion when Payton Allen singled to left field bringing in Dylan Williams for the winning run. Allen got the start on the mound pitching 3 ½ innings. Allen struck out 8, walked 7 and allowed 2 hits. Josh Holliday came in in relief in the 4th inning walking 1 and allowing no hits. Jacob Oliver, Jake Higgins, Kole Baler, JoJo Hendrix and Payton Allen each had 1 hit in the win. Hendrix led with 2 RBI’s.