Oak Mountain softball plays well at Gulf Coast Classic

By ALEC ETHEREDGE | Sports Editor 

Winners of six of their last eight games and five of their last six, the Oak Mountain Eagles are starting to click at the right time of the season following the Gulf Coast Classic spring break tournament.

The Eagles went 5-2 in the tournament, before falling to Pisgah during the elimination round of the tournament. A recap from each of their seven games is below.

Game 1: Oak Mountain 0, Normal West (IL) 5

Oak Mountain struggled to get its bats going in the opening game of the tournament picking up just four hits and scoring no runs in a 5-0 loss. Normal West scored four runs in the first inning and tacked on one more in the third.

The Eagles were led by Dawn Autry at the plate with a 2-for-3 game, while M’Kiyah Mitchell and Lacy Marty each added one hit.

Game 2: Oak Mountain 5, Charles Henderson 4

The Eagles wasted no time bouncing back from that opening loss by storming out in front of Charles Henderson 3-1 in the first inning and then 5-2 through three innings before staving off a comeback attempt in the top of the fourth for the 5-4 win.

Abi Brown led the way at the plate with a 2-for-2 game featuring two RBIs and two runs scored. Mitchell added two RBIs, while Autry went 2-for-3 at the plate with a run scored. Julia Tucker had the final RBI with a 1-for-2 game.

Game 3: Oak Mountain 6, Carmel Catholic (IL) 2

Oak Mountain followed that same method against Carmel Catholic of Illinois by scoring four runs in the opening inning followed by one apiece in the second and third to take a 6-0 lead.

Carmel attempted a comeback in the top of the fourth but only put two runs on the board to fall by a final score of 6-2.

Autry continued her strong tournament by going 3-for-3 with three runs scored, while Brown went 1-for-1 with two walks and two RBIs.

Marty picked up the complete-game win allowing six hits and two runs while striking out four. 

Game 4: Oak Mountain 10, Vernon Hills (IL) 3

One of the more dominant performances for the Eagles came in the fourth game of the tournament. Oak Mountain started the game with five runs in the first inning before allowing three in the third.

Following that, however, the Eagels posted one in the fourth and four in the fifth to pull away for the 10-3 win after outhitting Vernon 10-3.

Hannah Atwood went 2-for-3 with three RBIs, while Brown added three RBIs after going 1-for-3. Autry picked up three more hits and one RBI, while Riley Sullivan went 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Emily Hart also added an RBI.

Attwood and Marty combined to allow four hits and three runs while striking out four.

Game 5: Oak Mountain 3, Dale County 1

Oak Mountain found itself in a tight game in the fifth game of the tournament, but still struck first with a 1-0 lead through the first inning.

As had become the theme in the tourney, the Eagles extended that lead to 3-0 in the bottom of the fourth, before being forced to hang on in the top of the fifth when Dale County showed its first flash of offense by picking up its only run of the game.

Atwood, however, ended the threat in the circle and finished the game with a complete-game win allowing just two hits and one run while striking out four.

Sullivan went 1-for-2 with an RBI in the game, while Atwood also helped herself out at the plate with a 1-for-2 game featuring two RBIs.

Game 6: Oak Mountain 13, Southside 3

Oak Mountain’s most dominant performance of the tournament came against Southside thanks to five runs in the first inning and six in the fourth to bookend a 13-3 victory.

The Eagles added two in the third and ended up outhitting Southside 11-4, while only committing two errors to Southside’s four errors.

Marty got the start in the circle. She allowed two hits and one unearned run, while also striking out three.

Libbie Jackman led the way at the plate with a 3-for-3 game featuring five RBIs. Brown posted a 2-for-4 game with two RBIs, while Marty also added two RBIs.

Game 7: Oak Mountain 9, Pisgah 0

After failing to get off to another strong start, Oak Mountain’s tournament ended up coming to an end against Pisgah after giving up runs in the first three innings.

Pisgah scored two in the first, five in the second, one in the third and one in the fifth to complete the 9-0 shutout. The Eagles were also outhit 11-3 and committed two errors to Pisgah’s zero.

Sullivan, Brown and Tucker had the three hits for Oak Mountain in the loss.