Oak Mountain came from behind to beat 6-A Russell County 16-5 in 6 innings, gaining a split for the day, playing back-to-back games Saturday afternoon at Chelsea High School.
The Eagles scored first in the bottom of the 1st inning when Mitchell Pierce led off with a single, then stole 2nd base & advanced to third on a throwing error. Davis Gillespie drove Pierce in with a ground ball to short, and Oak Mountain led 1-0 after 1.
The Warriors then took the lead in the top of the 3rd inning, scoring 2 runs on 3 singles, 2 walks, a wild pitch, and an error by Oak Mountain. Russell County added 3 more runs in the 4th to lead 5-1. They scored on 3 singles, a passed ball, and another Eagle error in the inning.
The Oak Mountain offense then came alive to score 9 runs in the bottom of the 4th to take a 10-5 lead it would not surrender. Maddox Macrory started the inning with a double to left field, followed by walks to Jake Derecki & Chapman Wallock to load the bases. Grant Rakers drew another walk to score Macrory, necessitating a pitching change. Pierce singled, driving in Derecki & Wallock cutting the Warrior lead to one run at 5-4. Gillespie then doubled to left, plating Rakers and Pierce, and the Eagles led 6-5. After walks to Andrew Hunt & Drew Rowland loaded the bases again, Stephen Moraski drove in another run with an infield grounder and reached first with an error on the play keeping the bases loaded. Oak Mountain added 3 more runs when Hunt, Rowland, & Moraski all scored on wild pitches.
In the bottom of the 5th inning, Pierce reached on an error to start the inning, and Gillespie drove him in with a triple. Gillespie then scored on a wild pitch, Hunt followed with a walk, Rowland with a single, and Moraski knocked in Hunt with a groundout to short. Oak Mountain led 13-5 after 5.
The Eagles closed the game out scoring 3 more runs in the 6th. Wallock started things with a single, followed by a walk to Rakers. WIth one out, Gillespie doubled again to score Wallock. Hunt doubled to left to plate Rakers & Gillespie for the final 2 runs for the Eagles, with the game ending due to the 10-run rule.
Pierce & Gillespie led the Eagles’ offensive attack against the Warriors. Pierce had 2 hits, 2 RBI, scored 3 runs, and added a stolen base. Gillespie went 3 for 5 with 2 doubles, a triple, 5 RBI, and 3 runs scored. Hunt added a double, 2 RBI, and 2 runs scored. Macrory also had a double and a run scored. Derecki, Rowland, & Wallock also had hits, with Wallock also drawing 3 walks on the day and scoring twice. Moraski had 2 RBI & Rakers 1 RBI and 2 runs scored, while Derecki, Rowland, and Moraski each scored once for Oak Mountain.
Moraski got the start and the win for the Eagles, pitching 4 innings, giving up 5 unearned runs on 5 hits with 3 strikeouts. Rowland pitched the final 2 innings, allowing 0 runs on 2 hits, striking out 2.