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Oilers pick up pair of wins

by News-Times Staff | June 4, 2021 at 10:15 p.m.

The El Dorado Oilers picked up their first two wins of the season on Friday, topping Arkansas Pulpwood 19U 10-5 before downing Ashley County 5-4 at the Ameriprise Invitational at the El Dorado-Union County Recreation Complex.

Coupled with Thursday’s 3-3 tie against Arkansas Pulpwood 17U, the Oilers carry a 2-0-1 record into Sunday’s game against 2-3 Sports, which will determine if the Oilers will advance to the championship game that is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Sunday night.

In Friday’s opener, the Oilers trailed 5-1 before taking the lead for good with a five-run fourth.

The Oilers scored one run in the second and two in the third to cut the deficit to 5-4 before their fourth-inning eruption.

With two outs, it looked like the Oilers were on their way to an uneventful frame, but Chase Brumley walked, Ty Disotell was hit by a pitch and Josh Saulsbury walked to load the bases, setting the stage for Tanner McLelland, who laced a two-run single to left-center to give the Oilers a 6-5 lead.

After McLelland took second on a wild pitch, Baylor Brumley delivered a two-run single of his own to extend the lead to 8-5.

Brumley then stole second and scored a base hit to left-center by Jacob Eubanks to make it 9-5.

Brumley overcame a shaky start to pick up the win.

The former Smackover standout allowed five runs with only two being earned over 4 2/3 innings. He allowed three hits, walked four and struck out four.

McLelland struck out one over 1 1/3 scoreless innings to close out the win.

After trailing 5-1, the Oilers chipped away with Chase Brumley collecting an RBI single in the second before Baylor Brumley helped himself with an RBI single and Tyler Johnson drove in a run with a sacrifice fly to highlight the scoring in the third.

Eubanks got the Oilers on the scoreboard with an RBI single in the first.

Disotell bounced into a double play to bring home the Oilers’ final run in the fifth.

Brumley went 2-for-2 with three RBIs for the Oilers, while Eubanks added two hits and two RBIs.

Johnson and Chase Brumley each had one hit and one RBI in the win.

Braden Doherty rounded out the Oilers by going 1-for-3.

Against Ashley County, the Oilers again came from behind to win, rallying from a 3-2 deficit to take the lead for good by breaking a 4-4 tie with a run in the fourth.

Disotell started a two-out rally with a single to left, and Jackson Cook followed with a triple down the left-field line that scored Disotell with the go-ahead run.

With the time limit on the game having expired when the Oilers took the field in the fifth, Disotell recorded two quick outs before issuing a walk, which ended his day on the mound.

Saulsbury took over and induced a ground out to first to end the game and pick up the save.

Disotell walked four and struck out five while allowing just two hits over 4 2/3 innings to pick up the win. Of the four runs he allowed, three were earned.

The Oilers drew first blood with Eubanks driving in a pair of runs with a single, but Ashley County scored three runs in the second to take a 3-2 lead.

The Oilers answered with two runs in the third to retake the lead on an RBI double by McLelland and a sacrifice fly by Eubanks.

Ashley County scored a run in the top of the fourth before Cook’s aforementioned triple gave the Oilers the lead for good in the bottom half of the inning.

Eubanks drove in three runs for the Oilers, while McLelland went 2-for-2 with three stolen bases and an RBI.

Hunter Lawrence, Ashton Yarbrough, Brumley and Disotell all had one hit in the win.

In Thursday’s tie against Arkansas Pulpwood 17U, McLelland went 2-for-4 with two stolen bases, Baylor Brumley finished 2-for-3 with two RBIs and Eubanks went 2-for-3.

Eubanks, the Oilers’ starter, went 3 1/3 innings. He allowed two hits, walked two and struck out five while allowing two runs with one being earned.

Sawyer Cropper allowed four hits and one run over 2 1/3 innings in relief. He walked one and didn’t record any strikeouts.

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