MOCKSVILLE — Dalton Oliver pitched into the sixth innings and drove in two runs as Mocksville defeated Lake Norman, 7-6, in a Junior American Legion game at Mando Park Friday night.
After an hour delay brought on by heavy rain about 6 p.m., Mocksville went about their business of securing at least a share of the division title.
Oliver, a rising junior at Starmount, threw 96 pitches, allowing three hits into the sixth inning. He walked five and hit a batter. Except for the second inning when Lake Norman scored twice, Oliver got out of his jams and out of situations where he was behind in the count.
“Dalton’s a gamer,” Mocksville Coach Robbie Fox said. “He battles back every time. He’s going to be one of those who go somewhere.
“He’s the kind of kid you want on your baseball team.”
Mocksville led 5-2 going into the sixth. Oliver left after allowing a hit and a walk to start the sixth. Lake Norman tied it up with three runs and took the lead, 6-5, in the top of the seventh.
Oliver’s cousin, catcher Caleb Wallace, got into the act - laying down a successful suicide squeeze bunt to tie the game in the bottom of the seventh.
With the score tied at 6, Bo Byerly delivered a run-scoring double down the right-field line to drive in the winning run.
“This team,” Fox said, “has done this the whole year. They’re not quitters.”
Mocksville finishes with a 7-2 division record.
Jim Fuller may be reached at 336-835-1513 or Twitter @elkinareasports.