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Drillers slug way to first wins of season

by News-Times Staff | June 12, 2021 at 11:00 a.m.

WINNSBORO, La. - The El Dorado Drillers used plenty of offense to pick up their first two wins of the season on Friday, as the Drillers outlasted Caldwell (La.) 14-10 before cruising past Louisiana Havok 16U 11-3 at the Winnsboro (La.) Wood Bat Classic.

In the opener, the Drillers scored two runs in the first and three runs in the second, third, fourth and fifth innings to hold off the Spartans.

Leading 5-3 in the third, the Drillers padded their lead.

After John Robert Burson led off with a walk and Holden Lowry singled to left to put runners at first and second, Xorian Robinson delivered an RBI single to center to make it 6-3.

Cason Martin walked to load the bases and after a pitching change, Jonah Davis delivered a two-run double down the right-field line to make it 8-3.

However, the Spartans continued to chip away, cutting the Drillers’ lead to 11-9, but the Drillers’ aforementioned three-run fifth put the game out of reach.

Martin started the rally with a one-out single to left and Burson entered the game to run for Martin, the Drillers’ catcher.

Burson then stole second and took third on Davis’ single to left, putting runners at the corners.

After Davis stole second. Peyton Yarbrough and Daniel Roblee drew walks to bring home Burson.

AJ Alsobrook, who finished a home run short of hitting for the cycle, laced a two-run double to right-center to extend the lead to 14-9.

Alsobrook had a two-run triple and Trey Murphy had an RBI double in the second for the Drillers.

Lowry, who drove in a run in the first with a sacrifice fly, followed suit in the fourth that also saw the Drillers score two runs on a passed ball.

The Drillers banged out 14 hits in the win with Alsobrook going 3-for-3 with a double, a triple and four RBIs to lead the way. He also stole two bases and scored two runs.

Davis went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs.

Lowry, who was also the winning pitcher, went 1-for-1 and had two RBIs.

Yarbrough, Murphy, Martin, Robinson and Roblee all had one hit in the win.

Murphy, Robinson and Roblee all had one RBI, as did Kolin Parker.

Lowry (1-1) allowed five runs with three being earned in three innings of work. He allowed two hits, walked six and struck out four.

Hunter Lawrence picked up his first save.

In their second game, the Drillers scored three runs in the second and third innings to pull away.

In the second, Robinson led off with a single, stole second and went to third on a sacrifice bunt by Yarbrough.

Murphy then followed with a base hit to left to give the Drillers a 2-1 lead.

After stealing second, Murphy scored on a two-out single to center by Alsobrook.

The Drillers’ final run followed the same recipe with Alsobrook stealing second base before scoring on a single to right by Lawrence to make it 4-1.

Davis had an RBI single and Robinson drove in a pair of runs with a base hit to highlight the scoring in the third.

Burson had a two-run double and Davis delivered a two-run single in the Drillers’ four-run fourth to make the final margin.

Martin (1-0) finished with a two-hitter to pick up the win. He walked four and struck out eight while only two of the three runs he allowed were earned over four innings.

Lawrence and Robinson were each 2-for-2 in the win.

Lawrence had three stolen bases and drove in one run, while Robinson had a stolen base and drove in two runs.

Davis went 2-for-3 with three RBIs for the Drillers.

Burson drew two walks in addition to his two-run double, while Alsobrook, Parker and Murphy each had one hit and one RBI in the contest.

The Drillers (2-3) face 3-2 Sports this afternoon with an opportunity to win the junior pool.

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