Story & Photos By Ashley Oliver
Chambers defeated EMCA (East Memorial Christian Academy) on Wednesday by a final of 12-6. The Rebels jumped to an early 8-0 lead after 2 innings. EMCA would plate 2 in the 6th. The Rebels would add 4 in top of the 7th to make it 12-2. EMCA would rally for 4 but come up short. Hunter Davis got the win throwing 3 innings, allowing only 1 hit and 8 strikeouts. John McClellan threw 2 innings in relief allowing 1 hit.
Leading the Rebels at the plate were Hunter Davis 3-3 scoring 3 runs, Dalton Thrower 2-3 scoring 2 runs, Jordan Gillespie 1-3 scoring 2 runs and Blake Sheppard 1-3 scoring 2 runs. Per Head Coach, Matt Smith, “Our bats really came alive for the first time this season in the first inning as we strung a big inning together and really jumped out ahead on our opponent. Hunter Davis had a huge day both at the plate and on the mound. Dalton Thrower also had some big hits to drive in some runs. If we can just work on being more consistent then we can be a really good ball team.”
The remainder of the week wasn’t as favorable for the Rebels as they took on two of the better 3A programs over the weekend in Lee-Scott Academy and Kingwood Christian (Alabaster). The Rebels would split the twin bill on Friday against Lee-Scott winning Game 1 by a score of 3-2 & dropping Game 2 by a score 4-3.
In game 1 Dalton Thrower would pick up the win going 5 innings allowing 5 hits and 1 run. Hunter Davis picked up the save throwing the final 2 innings in relief. Davis went 2-2 with 1 run scored and a RBI. Gavin White 1-3 with 1 run scored and Dalton Thrower, Blake Sheppard and Caydon Smoot each went 1-3. Brock Ennis picked up an RBI. In game 2 Nick Harmon threw 4 innings allowing 3 hits and 3 earned runs in the loss. Chambers went ahead in the 4th 2-0 started up by a Dalton Thrower triple. Blake Sheppard would single to left to drive the run home. Sheppard would steal second and score on a Jordan Gillespie single. The Warriors would respond with 2 in the top half of the 5th and the game would remain tied until the 7th inning.
The Warriors added 2 in the 7th to go ahead 4-2, Chambers would score 1 in the bottom half and leave the tying run on third as Dalton Thrower flew out to center to end it. Leading the Rebels at the plate were Jordan Gillespie 2-3 with 1 RBI, Blake Sheppard 1-3 with 1 RBI, Caydon Smoot 2-2 and Hunter Davis 1-4 and 1 RBI.
Saturday’s game against Kingwood proved just as challenging in the 9-1 Rebel loss. Kingwood put up 3 runs in the first. Chambers would finally get on the board in the 4th with 1 run but left the bases loaded. Kingwood would then put the game away with 3 in the 5th to make it 6-1 and score 3 again in the 7th for a 9-1 final. The Rebels would record only 2 hits on the day. “Beating Lee Scott is a huge win for our program.” Stated Smith. “Our kids were not intimidated at all and really came out and played with extraordinary effort and execution. I thought we played really good defense, and our pitchers were all effective against a tough lineup. Our bunt game was also executed very well which is a great sign. Vs Kingwood on Saturday, I thought we competed pretty well defensively and Gavin White threw the ball really well but our hitting was non-existent, that must improve if we want to be a factor in the playoffs.”