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Bellefontaine rallies, grabs state berth

Oliver’s hit in eighth inning sends Easton Water past Springfield


ABOVE: John Kirby fired three scoreless innings of relief to earn the win on the mound Monday. FRONT PAGE PHOTO: Bellefontaine’s Joe Oliver (wearing helmet) is greeted by teammates after his game-winning hit against Springfield in the bottom of the eighth inning of Monday’s Acme district championship game at Blue Jacket Park. (EXAMINER PHOTO | MATT HAMMOND)

Joe Oliver was in a spot every baseball player has been in. He was in a hitting slump. No matter how much extra work he put in during batting practice, the worse it seemed to get.

But when his team needed him the most, Oliver found a way to get the job done.

The number nine hitter in the Bellefontaine Easton Water Solutions lineup, Oliver lined a one-out single to left field that brought home Daniel Boy with the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning Monday for a 4-3 victory over Springfield in the Acme district championship game at Blue Jacket Park.

“I just tried to stay aggressive,” said Oliver. “I knew I had to block out my past at bats and do what my team needed me to do.”

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