For the second time in 3 days, the Oak Mountain Varsity Baseball team won a thrilling nail-biter against the 5A Briarwood Christian Lions. This time, the Eagles won 3-2 at Briarwood Christian School on Thursday night.
After 4 scoreless innings, Oak Mountain finally broke through in the top of the 5th inning. Once again, the Eagles did some damage with 2 outs when Parker Campbell singled and Jake Rivers walked. Both runners advanced on a wild pitch, and when Mitchell Pierce reached on an infield single, Campbell scored the first run. After Pierce stole second, Davis Gillespie then delivered a crucial single to left field to drive in Rivers and Pierce for the 3-0 lead.
The Lions fought back in the bottom of the 5th to cut into the lead. A one-out double followed-up by a single made the score 3-1. Even though Briarwood loaded the bases with 2 outs, Connor Adams coaxed a ground ball, and Rivers made a great play at short to get the third out of the inning on a force play at second, preventing the Lions from getting closer.
Briarwood then threatened to win the game in the bottom of the 7th inning. Colton Smith relieved Adams on the mound to start the 7th. The Lions singled to start the inning, and after a pop out, a walk and a double made the score 3-2 with the tying run on third and the winning run on second. A walk loaded the bases with one out, and in an unusual move, Adams came back into the game at pitcher to relieve Smith. Adams once again was able to get a ground ball to Rivers, and Pierce made a great turn at second to barely nab the runner at first for the game-ending 6-4-3 double play.
Oak Mountain totaled 8 hits in the game with Jake Rivers, Andrew Hunt, and Parker Campbell getting 2 hits each, and Mitchell Pierce & Davis Gillespie adding 1 hit each. Gillespie had 2 RBI and Pierce 1 RBI for the Eagles. Rivers and Pierce also had a stolen base apiece.
Connor Adams got the start on the hill for Oak Mountain and pitched a total of 6 & 2/3 innings, getting the win and the save in the effort. Adams allowed only 4 hits, 1 run, and struck out 7 while also only walking 1. Colton Smith went 1/3 of an inning giving up 2 hits and 1 run. The Eagles defense also came up huge by not committing an error and turning the one double play to end the game.