Throughout the year, it was Chumbler who the Lady Grizzlies often relied upon to give their offense a jolt, to get a runner on base and to give the team some momentum.
This was never more apparent than in the first round of the state playoffs against Lakeside-DeKalb.
As Creekview fell behind early 3-0, and it looked as if it wouldn’t be able to get on the scoreboard, Chumbler took matters into her own hands.
After driving in the Lady Grizzlies’ first run of the night in the fifth inning, Chumbler scored the second run on a wild pitch before driving in the game-tying run in the bottom of the seventh to send the game into extras, where Creekview eventually won.
After leading the Lady Grizzlies to their first victory, Chumbler went 4-for-4 and stole three bases while scoring two runs in the second game of the evening, which Creekview won to advance to the second round of the playoffs.
On the night, Chumbler went 7-for-8 with two RBIs, five steals and four runs scored.
Though this was perhaps Chumbler’s most prolific moment of the 2012 season, it wasn’t her only one.
When she was needed to make a big play, Chumbler always did — and it is for that reason that she is the 2012 Cherokee Tribune Softball Player of the Year.
The one person who seemed surprised that Chumbler had won the award was Chumbler herself.
“Honestly, I never thought this would happen,” Chumbler said. “When I got the call that I had won it, I was really excited, but I never really expected it.”
Chumbler finished the year batting.409 with 24 runs, 16 RBIs, 16 stolen bases and only one fielding error on the season.
With such consistent numbers and a penchant for coming through when her team needed it the most, it came as no surprise that Creekview coach Chance Cain felt Chumbler’s award was a well-deserved one.
“She was the most consistent player for us this year by far,” Cain said. “She was a terror on the bases and just a good all-around player this year. For us here at Creekview, she was definitely our most valuable player.”
For Chumbler, the award was a sign of just how far she can go.
“It makes me feel that all of my hard work that I have put into the sport has paid off,” Chumbler said. “It makes me feel really good about my athletic ability and makes me think that I can make it far in the sport — that I can make it to the college level.”