The Eagles defeated the Pell City Panthers 14-4 to sweep the season-opening doubleheader at home. The game was called after 6 innings due to the 10-run rule.
Oak Mountain jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the bottom of the 1st inning. Mitchell Pierce, Davis Gillespie, and Andrew Hunt provided consecutive singles to start the inning, with Pierce scoring on Hunt’s hit. After Stone Evers reached on a fielder’s choice, Stephen Moraski scored Hunt on an infield single, and then Maddox Macrory delivered a 2-out line-drive double to left-center field to plate Evers & Moraski.
After Pell City came back to tie the game 4-4 in the top of the 2nd, the Eagles responded with 5 runs in the bottom of the inning to reclaim the lead 9-4. Joseph Tolbert started the inning with an infield single. Cole Gangle pinch ran for Tolbert, advanced to third after walks to Pierce and Gillespie, and scored on a wild pitch. Gillespie scored on a single by Stone Evers, Moraski walked, and Hunt scored on a ground-out to shortstop by Jake Derecki. Macrory singled in Evers, and Moraski scored on an RBI single by Grant Rakers.
Oak Mountain scored a single run in the 3rd to extend the lead to 10-4. Jack Adamson reached on a one-out infield single and later scored on a wild pitch.
Gillespie tripled to start the 5th inning and scored on a sacrifice fly by Adamson. Kyle Smith walked, Gangle was hit by a pitch, and they both scored on a double by Macrory to make the score 13-4.
In the bottom of the 6th, Cooper Ortega reached on a 2-out single and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Ortega scored the game-ending run on an RBI single by K. Smith to make the final score 14-4.
The Eagles pounded out 14 hits against the Panthers, with Maddox Macrory leading the way going 3 for 4 with 2 doubles, 1 single, and 5 RBI. Gillespie had 2 hits including the triple, and Kyle Smith also had 2 hits. Pierce, Moraski, Tolbert, Evers, Rakers, Adamson, & Ortega all added a hit each. Moraski, Evers, Rakers, Derecki, Adamson, & K. Smith also had an RBI each. Gillespie, Gangle, Moraski, Evers, & Hunt each scored twice in the game, and Ortega, Adamson, K. Smith, & Pierce each scored once for Oak Mountain.
Stone Evers started on the hill and went1-plus innings allowing 4 runs, 2 of which were unearned. Drew Rowland threw 5 innings to earn the win giving up only 2 singles, with 6 strikeouts, 0 walks, and 0 runs.