Oliver sees Eyemax through

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, April 16, 2008

The Selma Times-Journal

Mario Oliver was the X factor for Eyemax Vision on Tuesday night, hurting Moore-Stewart Ford both on the mound and at the plate.

Oliver came on in relief and struck out nine of the 11 batters he faced and drove in the winning runs to deliver a 9-7 victory for Eyemax in 13-14 year-old Dixie Boys baseball action.

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“I felt good. My back kind of hurt after sliding into third base, but I wanted to finish the game on a strong note,” Oliver said. “My fastball was working a lot, and my curveball was working when I needed it to.”

Eyemax was behind by a run when starter Corey Hayes left the hill in the fourth inning. Oliver struck out the first seven batters he faced before giving up a single to Greg Page in the bottom of the sixth.

Moore-Stewart wasn’t able to get a rally going, and Eyemax took its shots in the top of the seventh.

Demitrius Towns and Steele Jackson scored after Oliver’s single and an ensuing error in center field, putting Eyemax on top 8-7.

Oliver later scored when home plate went uncovered following a popup to the catcher.

That was more than enough offense, and the Moore-Stewart batters went down without much of a fight in the last frame.

“When I was up to bat, I was thinking nothing but getting my runners home and helping my team out,” Oliver said.

Moore-Stewart led 4-2 in the second after RBI singles by Page and Leon Sanders sparked a four-run inning. The team came back for another lead in the third, this time 7-6, when two runs scored on an error and another came in on a passed ball.


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