Oak Mountain 2, Davidson 1 (2 OT, 3-0 in shootout)
HUNTSVILLE – Oak Mountain substitute keeper Xzavier Brown stopped all three Davidson High School kick attempts in the shootout as the Eagles won their third Class 7A boys’ soccer championship in row beating the Warriors 2-1 (3-0 in the shootout).
The match was tied at 1-1 at the end of regulation Saturday at Huntsville’s John Hunt Park. Tournament MVP, junior Jackson Murphy scored at the 5:41 mark to give Oak Mountain (20-4-4) an early 1-0 lead. Davidson (17-13-1) tied the match late in the second half when senior Griffin Tucker launched a looping rocket into the corner of the net on a free kick. The contest ended regulation tied and was still 1-1 after two overtime periods to set up the shootout.
Oak Mountain Coach Daniel DeMasters opted to send in Brown and his sophomore keeper successfully stopped all three Warriors’ kicks. The Eagles put three shots in the net to seal the win.
Oak Mountain, which now owns seven state titles include the last three 7A championships in a row, out-shot Davidson 13-5. Coach Kevin Delange’s senior goalkeeper Christopher Berry managed five saves overall.
MONTGOMERY – Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa rallied in the bottom of the seventh inning to beat Cullman 4-3 Friday night at Paterson Field in game one of the Class 6A State Baseball Championship Series. Game two moves to Riverwalk Stadium Saturday at 4 p.m. Game three will follow at approximately 7 p.m. if needed.
Cullman (40-12) took a 2-0 lead into the bottom of the sixth inning, but Hillcrest tied the game to set up the exciting finish. Coach Brent Patterson’s Bearcats took the lead again 3-2 in the top of the seventh before Coach Mark Garner’s Patriots scored twice to win.
Michael Garner pitched 6 1/3 innings allowing three hits and three runs for Hillcrest. Reliever Tyler Frederick (5-1) got the final two outs in the seventh to get the win in relief. He faced three batters and struck out one.
Cullman’s Jacob Heatherly pitched six innings allowing four hits and striking out four. Carter Bowen and Levi Thomas pitched in the seventh. Bowen (5-4) got the loss.
Blake Robbins had a single and two RBIs for the Patriots. Frederick also had a hit, scored a run and drew a crucial walk. Sage Bailey also had a hit and scored a run, and Walt Bailey had two hits.
Kolby Robinson had three hits as leadoff hitter for Cullman. Ben Smith had a pinch-hit single and RBI.
All games are being live-streamed over the NFHS Network.