Kevin "NKOZONE" Oliver
BASA STAFF: What's Up Kevin?
Just finished playing in the Early Bird Shootout where we took
What does that mean?
Oliver, Zone= you're in my zone
BASA STAFF: We hear on the board about a lot battles in the Lou,
but not a lot STL teams have traveled in the past. The Young Dudes
have hit the road this year and of Course Class Act is everywhere,
can you speak on the Hitters and anyone else from the Lou's travel
plans for the year.
We have been to Memphis, we are heading to Pine Bluff, Cincinnati,
Atlanta and possibly Detroit as well. There are so many teams in the LOU, we could have our own tournament
every weekend, but we know we have to travel to prepare for Worlds. But the Lou will be well represented on the circuit this
year. Look out for Derrty in Nashville this weekend as well.
BASA STAFF: There is a lot of talk about a World Title not being
in the Lou for awhile now, do you think the talent is too spread
Kevin: Yes, the talent is definitely spread out. Egos and personal
reasons have definitely spread out the talent. We have had
championship caliber teams, but the benches have not been as deep as need
to be to win a World Championship.
BASA STAFF: You have come close a couple of times to a BASA World
Championship, did you think it would be this long before you
finally won one.
Not all, when I was with Magnum, that team had all of the pieces
and talent but in the end not the dedication.
BASA STAFF: After having played a couple tournaments already, does
the City Hitters have all the pieces yet, or is it still a work in
We have guys that have won World championships and know what it
takes to win it all. We are a veteran squad. Some of us have
played BASA since it's inception, but it still takes time and
dedication. So we will see.
STAFF: Who do you think stands in the way of you guys going all
the way this year?
Having not seeing some of the southern teams, it is hard to say.
Eastside Players is always tough, don't let the Memphis tourney fool
ya'll BASA. Young Dudes are tough this year. This was their first
tournament without Church pitching, so they had to make some
weekend, but keep an eye out on them. Our guys talk a lot of
smack, so we have to bring it every weekend.
BASA STAFF: Are
most of the players on City Hitters your childhood friends?
Not really, the majority are softball friends. We found mutual
respect for each other playing against each other, and we decided
to come together as one. 3x World Champ started it all.
STAFF: What are some of your other hobbies besides playing
time with family.Basketball.
I love to read a lot. Going biking.
BASA STAFF: What do you do professionally?
I am a Union representative and an organizer. I am one of the few
people that have both titles. My focus is trying to better the lives of
BASA STAFF: How did you get into softball?
One of my best friends in high school, Robert Watkins AKA Junior,
invited me to play ball with Magnum here in St. Louis. But I
was playing in the military some as well, where I was All-Army basketball
BASA STAFF: What are some others teams that you have played for?
Only 3, Magnum 93-2004, Impact and now City Hitters. And a few of
us have played on all 3 teams. I take pride in team loyalty and
will stick with my guys through thick and thin.
The BASA website, you are a
frequent visitor, give us your thoughts on it.
The website is a great avenue for us to meet each other and some
of us have
developed some great friendships outside of softball. Like for
example, Terminator and a teammate of his was playing in the Lou
this weekend and I went and got them out of the hotel. The
friendships that I have seen made via the website will be things we talk about
years from now. What this is doing is creating family and with
family comes tremendous growth. The website is a big part of the growth of BASA.
BASA STAFF: Give us your thoughts on BASA as it stands today.
I have grown with BASA from day one. I remember when Worlds had
just 35 teams. They used to go after teams and now they are going
after cities and states. But the key is how they are going after
not just the players, but their families and friends and that's what
separates BASA from other associations. They are making our
weekends so much more than just softball, weekends are turning
BASA STAFF: That just about wraps it up, any shoutouts?
Kevin: Man you're trying to get me killed. I have made too many
friends to get them all, but let's do this. Of course my family is first always.
Then, we'll start with Church, Ms. Dat( A true BASA ambassador),
Wade, Homecoming, City Hitter teammates, The Lou BASA softball
players, Mac-Town Sister's #8 & #11,
Carmen, Hercle, Nell,
YD#2, #15, Davida and the Lizard catcher(Sister), Ms. Nashville
and the rest of the Hot Girls, Ms. Arkansas, Ms. LA, KeithAg, Miss
AG(Arkansas), Zone3, LoTay, Greene#44, Lil "G", THill#21, Wolf#24,
Mike Wells, Ghost, 911, Dinsum#11 and the Dirty Dancers, Gator of
ATL Storm, PT#30, Ms. Miller, Jump Steady, JB#69, Junior(Magnum for
Life), Neil and the Eastside Players. And Ian Houston, good seeing you this weekend. I know I left some out, but
charge it to the game, and not my heart.