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Oilers open tournament with pair of victories

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

WINNSBORO, La. - After winning their last three games at the Ameriprise Invitational last weekend, the El Dorado Oilers continued their hot start by winning both of their pool play games to claim the No. 1 seed for bracket play at the Winnsboro (La.) Wood Bat Classic on Friday.

The Oilers downed Winnsboro (La.) 9-1 in their opener before topping Caldwell (La.) 10-0 to nail down the top seed.

The Oilers led their opener 4-1 before breaking the game open with five runs in the fifth to win via mercy rule.

Hunter Lawrence got the rally started with a double off the fence in left-center and stole third.

With one out, Baylor Brumley walked and stole second to put runners at second and third.

That set the stage for Ashton Yarbrough, who laced a two-run double to right-center to make it 6-1.

After Braden Doherty walked, the Oilers engineered a double steal to put runners at second and third.

Tyler Johnson then delivered a two-run double to left-center to extend the lead to 8-1, and Rhett Richardson followed with an RBI double to left-center to cap the scoring in the frame.

Josh Saulsbury (1-0) was the beneficiary of the Oilers’ late rally, finishing with a three-hitter.

Saulsbury walked three and struck out seven while surrendering only a first-inning run.

The Oilers opened the scoring with three runs in the first.

Brumley singled to right-center and stole second before scoring on Jacob Eubanks’ base hit to right-center.

Eubanks scored on a double to left-center by Yarbrough to make it 2-0, and Johnson singled to left-center to bring home Yarbrough with the inning’s final run.

Saulsbury helped himself by drawing a bases-loaded walk in the fourth to account for the Oilers’ scoring in the frame.

Yarbrough and Johnson were each 2-for-3 with three RBIs for the Oilers in the win. Yarbrough had a double, two stolen bases and scored two runs, while Johnson had a double and scored a run.

Brumley, Richardson and Eubanks were all 1-for-2 with Richardson and Eubanks collecting one RBI apiece.

As was the case in the opener, the Oilers got out of the gates quickly in the nightcap, scoring four runs in the first to take command.

Tanner McLelland got the Oilers going with a single to left-center.

McLelland then stole second and scored on a base hit to right-center by Brumley to give the Oilers the early lead.

Brumley then stole second and Eubanks followed with a run-scoring single to left-center to make it 2-0.

Eubanks scored moments later on a single to the gap in left-center by Yarbrough, who later stole second and third base before scoring on a ground out to second by Johnson.

The Oilers scored twice in the third on a two-run double by Johnson and one in the fourth on an RBI single by Eubanks to make it 7-0 before ending the game via mercy rule with three runs in the fifth.

In the fifth, Yarbrough walked and Doherty was hit by a pitch to put a pair of runners on.

After a double steal, Richardson laced a two-run double to make it 9-0.

Saulsbury then drew a free pass and Gabe Richard followed with an RBI single to right-center to end the game’s scoring.

Brumley (2-0) went the distance with a one-hitter, needing 69 pitches to work through five innings.

Brumley walked two and struck out seven while allowing only two runners to reach scoring position.

Eubanks went 2-for-2 and drove in three runs for the Oilers.

Johnson also drove in three runs in the win with Brumley, Yarbrough, McLelland, Richardson, Saulsbury and Richard each collecting one hit in the win.

Yarbrough had four stolen bases for the Oilers (5-0-1), who face Caldwell today at 4 p.m. to start bracket play.

If the Oilers win, they would play in the championship game at 8:30 p.m.

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