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Landers Athlete of the Week: Sarah Chamberlain - May 18

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Imagine the stadium filled with people, the crowd roaring and both teams are looking at you with the ball in our hand.

It's every pitchers plight on the baseball or softball diamond and it's something Calvary junior pitcher Sarah Chamberlain embraces.

"I feel like I have control of the game. Every pitch I have control but I know that my team behind me. Every pitch they are right there with me," said Sarah.

For the last 3 years, she's been the number one pitcher for the Lady Cavs, the go to girl, the ace.

"I have a lot of pressure but I just have to like take it all in and know that I have control and I can do it."

Calvary head softball coach Tiffany Frazier said, "When everybody else wasn't running, Sarah was running.  When everybody wasn't sprinting, Sarah was sprinting. She did the extra stuff."

And, the extra stuff has indeed paid off.  Over the last 3 years, Sarah struck out 603 batters and has a 64-15 record with a 1.34 ERA.  

Calvary junior catcher, Emily Daniel, said, "It feels great. I have so much confidence in her when she's on the mound. I know that she's going to get the job done."

Frazier added, "I remember her freshman year, a homerun was hit and she about had a meltdown.  She wanted to come out and she wasn't coming out and so she learned to push through it and became a really dominant pitcher."

Sarah was the rock behind Calvary winning its state title in school history earlier this month.  The Lady Cavs had been knocked out in the semifinals the last two seasons

Sarah said, "It was amazing. It was the best feeling I've ever had in my life. Me and my dad and my mom were like this can't be real. Now we get to pick out what our rings look like."

It was even sweeter redemption for Sarah after being doubted as freshman. She says it's lessons learned from her grandfather that's helped her along the way.

"He had a tractor accident over the summer and it was a miracle that he lived. Now he's back and walking and he had the flu but he's healthy as can be now."

"I think dealing with the adversity of having the pressure on her is something that, she doesn't realize how much it's helped but it's been tremendous," added Frazier.

Daniel said, "I hope that we can get another state championship with her next year."

As she accepted her Landers Athlete of the Week trophy, Sarah said, "Thank you. I want to thank my grandparents for nominating me and my parents for supporting me and my awesome coaching staff and all my supporters and my Calvary fans and all the people that have helped me to get to where I am today."

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