A season that carried so much expectation just a few short weeks ago ran into a sobering reality on Monday when the Chambers Lady Rebels dropped their third area game of the season to visiting Coosa Valley. The loss was especially devastating because it eliminated CA from playoff contention.
The Lady Rebels were facing a must win situation when Coosa Valley came to town on Monday. After falling earlier in the season to area leader Cornerstone, both CA and CVA were vying for the final playoff spot in the area. Coosa Valley topped the Rebels in their first meeting in Harpersville, and CA needed to win to force a one game playoff on Tuesday.
The Lady Rebels were put in the position after they lost to Cornerstone on Tuesday last week 7-1. In the first meeting of the year between the two rivals, Chambers struggled against the Chargers’ pitching. They totaled just six hits in 27 at-bats.
CA’s most productive inning was the fifth, in which they collected three hits. Annie Long drove home Deven Still for the only run, but a base running error cut the inning short.
The Chargers, on the other hand, were consistent at the plate. They finished with 14 hits off Jordan Crowder, who took the loss for CA. Cornerstone scored twice in the first, twice in the third and twice more in the fourth. Their final run came in the bottom of the sixth.
Leslie Hinkle had the only multiple hit game for CA, going 2-for-3. Long, Still, Aly Lashley and Taylor Blair all had hits in the loss.
The Lady Rebel bats weren’t much better on Monday when Coosa Valley came to LaFayette for the big game.
And for the first time this season, CA’s Britne’ Adams saw significant time on the mound. Adams had pitched sparingly to this point, as she battled arm problems. On Monday she tossed the full seven innings, exceeding her season total. Adams looked strong in her performance, but it didn’t matter much for a Rebel team that scored just two runs.
It took an inning for Adams to settle in, as Coosa Valley opened with three runs in the first. Chambers answered with one run in the bottom of the inning, after Long walked and scored on a fielders’ choice.
CA cut the lead to one when Still ripped an RBI single in the bottom of the second. But the score stayed at 3-2 until the sixth inning. Chambers had the chance to tie the game in the fifth, but stranded two runners. Coosa Valley seized the momentum, and scored another run to make their lead 4-2 in the sixth. Two CA errors led to another CVA run in the fifth, and the Rebels were looking at a 5-2 deficit heading to the bottom of the seventh. Three quick outs later, a team that was the No. 1 seed in last year’s playoffs realized their season would end with their final regular season game on May 1st at Abbeville.