Eagles’ slugger Cadi Oliver signs with Gamecocks
by Johnathan Bentley
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Sumiton Christian's Cadi Oliver, left, is welcomed at home plate following one of her 16 home runs last season. Oliver signed with Jacksonville State on Thursday. Photo by: Johnathan Bentley
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SUMITON — Cadi Oliver has picked up plenty of accolades during her high school career at Sumiton Christian.

She’s is a two-time Hitter of the Year Award winner, a first-team All-State selection and was the 2009 State Tournament MVP.

She can add Division I signee to that list.

Oliver signed a letter-of-intent with Jacksonville State on Thursday. She will play shortstop for the Gamecocks starting next year.

“They came and watched me a few times and they were interested. I went up there for an unofficial visit and they offered me. When I was there, it felt like home. I loved it. I was comfortable there. I had gone to a few other places, but they didn’t feel right,” Oliver said.

Oliver’s bat has been a key component of Sumiton Christian’s playoff run each of the last two years. The Lady Eagles won the Class 3A state championship in 2009 and placed third in 2A last season.

Oliver hit .497 last season with 16 home runs and 48 RBIs from her lead-off spot.

She led the team with 73 runs scored and 35 stolen bases. Oliver also had an on-base percentage of .608 and a .947 slugging percentage while striking out just 19 times in 204 at bats.

As a sophomore, she hit .459 with 16 home runs, 20 doubles, 14 triples, 24 stolen bases, 81 runs and 74 RBIs.

“Her bat has been instrumental in what we’ve accomplished,” Sumiton Christian coach Jessica Aderholt said. “People ask why she is in the No. 1 spot not the No. 4. When you hit over .500, you are the one I want to bat the most. She’s always pretty much come through when we needed her, She’s hit a lot of home runs, not only that, she adjusts her swing to the pitch. She has a really good eye for the ball and doesn’t strike out much.”

Oliver has high hopes this season after ending the 2010 campaign on a sour note following two losses to Hatton at the state tournament.

“Last year was awful. It was terrible. Everybody cried, not just players, but parents and students,” she said. “Hopefully we will recover from last year. I think we will put it all together, play as a team and make this the best year ever. I think we learned from last year’s mistakes.”

Oliver transferred to Sumiton Christian from Fultondale High School before her sophomore year.

“The girls, coaches and the school have helped me in different aspects in life, not just on the softball field. I’d like to thank them all, my coaches and teammates too,” she said.

Oliver heads to a Jacksonville State program that has made the NCAA Regionals each of the last three seasons and advanced to the NCAA Super-Regionals against Alabama in 2009.

Oliver was one of two Sumiton Christian softball players to sign with a Division I school this week. Teammate Clara Bowen signed with the University of South Alabama on Wednesday.