Story & Photo By Ashley Oliver
The CA Lady Rebels played 4 games last week; 2 of those being area games. The ladies first faced Cornerstone on Monday. Having beaten Cornerstone twice this season already the lady Rebels were not prepared with the hot bats Cornerstone brought. In a hard fought battle requiring extra innings, Cornerstone won by a score of 19-18. McKensie Barnes and Kelsey Oliver led the Rebels. Barnes was 4 for 6 at the plate with 1 RBI. Oliver was 3 for 6 at the plate with a team high 6 RBI’s. Tate Reese went 2 for 3 with 3 walks. Chloe Mitcham went 1 for 3. Jossie Daniel was 1 for 4 with a RBI. Tori Harmon was 1 for 5 with 2 RBIs and Olivia Williams was 1 for 5. Barnes pitched 4 innings in the loss with 4 strike outs and 8 walks. Chloe Mitcham also pitched 4 innings with 5 strike outs and 5 walks. Coach Brandi Fuller attributed the loss to the high number of walks and passed balls overall.
Tuesday’s double header area matchup told a different tale. Evangel had already won 1 game earlier in the season against the Rebels and only needed 1 more to win the area. The Lady Rebels, however, arrived in Montgomery ready to win and successfully played 2 of the best games they have played collectively all season; clinching the Area title for themselves for the 2nd year in a row. Kelsey Oliver and Tate Reese led the Rebels each going 3 for 5 at the plate. Reese had 3 RBIs and Oliver had 1. Chloe Mitcham also performed well at the plate going 2 for 3; having been hit by the pitch in her 3rd at bat. Mckensie Barnes was 2 for 4 with a RBI, Jessica Holliday was 3 for 6, Lindsey Stewart was 2 for 5 with a RBI. Britten Stephens was 1 for 4 with a RBI and Olivia Williams was 1 for 4. Chloe Mitcham pitched a complete game with 3 strike outs and 2 walks. The final score of game 1 was 8-5 in favor of the Rebels.
Game 2 against Evangel ended in a 14-12 victory for the Rebels. Kelsey Oliver’s bat led the ladies with her going 3 for 5 at the plate and driving in 2 RBIs. Chloe Mitcham went 2 for 4 with 1 RBI. Britten Stephens went 1 for 2 with 3 RBIs. McKensie Barnes, Lindsey Stewart, Jessica Holliday, Tori Harmon and Tate Reese all had hits in the win. Barnes pitched an entire 7 inning game; striking out 1 and walking only 2. Defensively, the Rebels made few errors and 3rd baseman, Kelsey Oliver, undoubtedly had her best game of the year. “We played well and hit the ball”, stated Coach Brandi Fuller “We also made some big time plays.”
The ladies wrapped up the week facing rival, 3A Springwood School. Having lost to them earlier in the season the Rebels had much to prove. In the end too few hits and multiple errors led to an 8-4 loss for the Rebels. Individual successes came in the form of Senior, Lindsey Stewart who went 3 for 3 at the plate. Chloe Mitcham went 1 for 2 at the plate. Jessica Holliday and Tate Reese had 1 hit each in the loss. McKensie Barnes pitched the first 3 innings with Chloe Mitcham pitching the last 3. “We had a bad 1st inning where we gave up 5 unearned runs off errors” said Coach Fuller “After that we played well and Lindsey Stewart had a good day at the plate.”
The ladies have 2 regular season games left this season against Coosa Valley and Lakeside before advancing to the state tournament on May 5th at Lagoon Park in Montgomery.