PEABODY — Jhon Oliviera, like many of his Bishop Fenwick baseball teammates, wears a green rubber bracelet with the words ‘Prove People Wrong.’
It only makes sense, then, that anyone doubting the Crusaders with their season on the line yesterday afternoon should have known better.
A sophomore outfielder, Olivieri roped a two-run double to deep right field, scoring the game-tying and game-winning runs as Fenwick rallied for a 5-4 win over Stoneham in the Division 3 North quarterfinals.
“I was looking for the curve. I crushed the last fastball he gave me and got a triple out of it. So I just sat back ... and hit it,” said the 16-year-old Olivieri, Fenwick’s leadoff hitter, who finished 3-for-4 with a run scored and the two ribbies.
“Honestly, I thought (Stoneham hurler Mike Andrews) was going to keep it outside, but his curveball curved a little too inside so I just turned on it. I was really just trying to get it out of the infield.”
Up by a run (3-2) heading into the seventh and final inning, Fenwick (18-6) surrendered two runs to the visiting Spartans in the top of the frame before Olivieri got them back and won the game for the Peabody parochial school.
Now, the second-seeded Crusaders will be right back in action tonight at Fraser Field in Lynn (7 p.m.) when they meet their Catholic Central League rivals, St. Mary’s of Lynn (16-6), in the Division 3 North semifinals. Fenwick split a pair of one-run games with St. Mary’s this season, winning 8-7 and losing, 2-1, in eight innings.
Andrew Lessard was on his game for Fenwick; after surrendering two first inning runs, the senior righty settled down to just three hits over the next five-plus innings while fanning four. “He faced some very good teams this season, and it was all to get him ready for a game like this,” said head coach Kevin Canty.