In fact, for the second straight season, the junior shortstop was the toughest batter any 2A pitcher could face.
The Lady Eagles didn’t repeat as champs this year, but Oliver walked away with her fair share of hardware.
Oliver earned Class 2A, Hitter of the year honors on Friday. She was named 3A Hitter of the Year last season during Sumiton Christian’s state championship run.
She made a move her freshman year, transferring to Sumiton Christian from Fultondale.
The move paid off.
She was an All-State player each of the last two years for Sumiton Christian and now has the home run title to her credit.
Oliver blasted 32 homers of the last two seasons, including a school-record 16 home runs both years.
For her undeniable talents and unparalleled success, Oliver has been named the Daily Mountain Eagle’s Player of the Year.
She earned the honors for the second straight season. Oliver finished batting .497 this season, including a team-high 73 runs scored, 48 RBIs and a team-high 35 steals and 12 doubles.
The lead-off batter, she swung for contact, but hit with power.
Her on-base percentage was a staggering .608. and in 204 at-bats, Oliver struck out only 19 times.
Oliver has given Sumiton Christian a much-welcomed spark in the batting order that turned the team from state tournament participant, to the team to beat.
She also earned first-team All-State honors again.
Despite a solid performance by Oliver, the Lady Eagles suffered their first postseason loss since 2009 this year, allowing a run in each of the final two innings and seeing their 13-game postseason win streak come to an end in a 2-1 loss to Hatton.
Sumiton Christian’s only run? A solo homer by Oliver that, coupled with the pitching of Emily Ivey, was nearly enough to send the Lady Eagles soaring right into the winner’s bracket and another possible state title.
During her junior year, the Lady Eagles breezed through regional and state tournament play with a perfect record en route to the school’s first softball title.
Oliver led the team in most offensive categories and was named state tournament MVP in Montgomery after putting together a .538 batting average (7-for-13) during the state tournament. She had a home run and seven stolen bases in the Lady Eagles’ four state tournament games.