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In what was a wild-and-woolly, nip-and-tuck affair, it was the Oliver Springs Bobcats staving off a furious late rally by the Oakdale Eagles to escape with a 9-8 win Tuesday evening in a District 4-A affair at Oakdale.
Oliver Springs got the ball rolling with Keith Roberts and Brandon Seiber driving in the initial runs for the Bobcat offense to push the early lead to 2-0.
The 'Cats boosted their lead to 5-0 at the top of the third when Seiber, Taylor Coleman, and Tanner Turpin all pushed in runs.
The lead would mushroom in the top of the fourth to 7-0 when Roberts and Jones pushed in runs for Oliver Springs.
But hold on to your hats, the Oakdale Eagles were not going to lay down easily, churning out four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning when Jonah and Noah Devaney, Brady Bingham and Justin Moore all pushed in runs to cut the lead down to 7-4.
That lead was sliced to one run in the bottom of the fifth inning when Aaron Powers and Moore drove in runs of their own.
Oliver Springs responded in kind with a two-run top of the sixth inning with Roberts and Coleman all pushing home runs.
The Eagles, however, unlike their musical counterparts, weren't about to "take it easy" as they furiously rallied to get within 9-8 thanks to RBIs from Landon Botkin and Brady Bingham and very nearly tied the game when a ball that, depending on which side of the bleachers the fans were on, was either a dropped catch, or a catch that the ball came out of afterwards.
After fate dealt the Eagles that cruel blow, and the 'Cats were unable to boost the lead in the top of the seventh, the Eagles got the potential winning run at the plate but a pop-up foul ball ended the victory hopes for Oakdale in this 9-8 barn-burner.
Oliver Springs will be in action again on Saturday when they travel to Fulton.