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Rebels Win Big Area Games Amidst Season Uncertainty

Chambers Academy senior players were recognized between games along with their parents on Saturday. Pictured L>R are Richard Gardner, Isaac Gardner, Tiffany Gardner, Terry Daniel, Raphe Daniel, Vic Daniel, Brody Smoot, Donna Smoot, Caydon Smoot, Dijon Darden, Jennifer Allen, Braxton Allen and Clint Allen

The Chambers Academy Varsity Rebels baseball team was only able to complete 13 of their 34 regularly scheduled games before a mandatory break put a temporary (or possibly permanent) halt to the 2020 season. Having won their last three games, the Rebels were looking confident both offensively and defensively, finally settling into a pitching rotation that could take them deep into post season. The mandatory break, brought on by public health concerns and school closures for the next 3 weeks, may signal the end of the season for the Rebels with no potential for a post season. With uncertainty over the likelihood of finishing the season, the Rebels played the last few games before the break as if they might be their last. The Rebels win loss record is currently 7-5 overall, 4-0 in area play.

The Rebels hosted Edgewood earlier in the week, falling to the Wildcats 4-3. Despite hits by Joshua Holliday, Jacob Oliver, Braxton Yerta and Isaac Gardner, the Rebels were not able to pull ahead. Payton Allen got the start on the hill, being relieved by Corbin Piper and Isaac Gardner.

The Rebels then hosted EMCA on Friday in area competition. The Rebels easily defeated them 13-1 with Junior, Luke Keel, on the mound. Multiple hits were recorded by the Rebels with Keel leading with 2 hits for 2 at bats. Ashton Chambers was 1 for 1 hitting. Brody Smoot was 2 for 3 and Jacob Oliver 1 for 2. Braxton Yerta, Ben Caulfield, Raphe Daniel and Joseph Hendrix also had a hit in the win.

On Saturday the Rebels traveled to Birmingham to face Heritage Christian in double header area competition. In the first game, Senior, Caydon Smoot, got the start on the hill, successfully striking out 4 batters before turning it over to closer, Corbin Piper to finish. At the plate, Piper, Jacob Oliver, Braxton Yerta, and Braxton Allen all recorded hits with Oliver leading with 2 RBI’s. The Rebels defeated Heritage 5-2.

The Rebels also won the second game against Heritage 6-2. Jacob Oliver led the team hitting going 1 for 3 hitting with a 2 run homerun and a walk. Oliver also led the team with 3 RBI’s and 3 runs scored. Jordan Benbrook was 1-3 with a walk, scoring once and also recording a RBI. Caydon Smoot and Braxton Yerta also scored runs in the win. Corbin Piper started on the hill and was relieved by Brody Smoot to finish the game.