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Living the dream

PV's Jones has become Lady Raiders' 'rock in the circle' through 'sheer will and determination,' has allowed only 2 earned runs in postseason

Pleasant Valley's Olivia Jones has become a front-line pitcher by throwing strikes and trusting her defense to make plays behind her. (Photos by B.J. Franklin/GungHo Photos)

By Al Muskewitz
East Alabama Sports Today

JACKSONVILLE -- Olivia Jones is just living the dream.

As recently as a year ago the Pleasant Valley junior never would have thought she’d be in the position she finds herself in today -- the starting pitcher on a team vying for a state softball championship.

But in a story that her coaches describe as “a testament to hard work and desire,” Jones has developed into the singular piece the Lady Raiders have needed to clear the hurdle that has been the regional tournament.

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