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Oilers rally to win championship

by News-Times Staff | June 13, 2021 at 12:50 p.m.

WINNSBORO, La. - The El Dorado Oilers have made come-from-behind wins seemingly a matter of routine of late.

After rallying for a couple of wins last weekend at the Ameriprise Invitational, the Oilers claimed the Winnsboro Wood Bat Classic by overcoming a 3-0 deficit to top Caldwell (La.) 5-3 Saturday night.

The Oilers won in dramatic fashion with Ashton Yarbrough’s two-run double in the fifth giving the Oilers a walk-off victory.

Earlier in the day, the Oilers picked up another come-from-behind win, scoring three runs in the fifth to rally past Winnsboro (La.) 6-4 to advance to the championship game.

With the championship game tied at 3-3, Tanner McLelland opened the fifth by hitting the first pitch he saw for a double down the left-field line and Tyler Johnson was hit by a pitch to put runners at first and second.

AJ Alsobrook then entered the game to run for Johnson, and he was able to take second after McLelland was caught in a rundown and was eventually tagged out at third.

Jacob Eubanks drew a walk to again put runners at first and second, and both runners advanced into scoring position on a pitch in the dirt.

After working to a full count, Yarbrough drilled a pitch to right-center for a double that capped the Oilers’ rally from a 3-0 deficit.

The Oilers chipped away at their deficit, scoring one run in the second before tying the game in the fourth.

The Oilers got on the scoreboard in the second thanks to Hunter Lawrence.

After drawing a walk, Lawrence stole second, took third on a wild throw and scored when the throw to third eluded the third baseman.

The Oilers then tied the game with a two-out rally in the fourth.

Rhett Richardson was hit by a pitch and stole second.

Chase Brumley followed with a broken-bat single to left to put runners at the corners, and the Smackover standout stole second to put a pair of runners in scoring position.

Lawrence then delivered again, hitting a first-pitch, two-run single to right-center to tie the game before Yarbrough’s heroics in the fifth gave the Oilers the championship.

Brumley was the winning pitcher after needing five pitches to get the last two outs of the top of the fifth. He struck out one.

Eubanks allowed five hits and three runs with only one being earned over 4 1/3 innings. He walked two and struck out seven.

Yarbrough went 2-for-3 with Johnson going 2-for-2 with a double for the Oilers.

Lawrence stole two bases along with his two-run single in the fourth.

McLelland and Brumley each had one hit in the win.

The Oilers also needed fifth-inning heroics to advance to the championship game.

Trailing 4-3, Jax Todd was hit by a pitch and after two unsuccessful bunt attempts, McLelland hit a double down the left-field line to put runners at second and third.

Johnson then gave the Oilers the lead with a triple off the right-field fence to score Todd and McLelland to make it 5-4.

With two outs, Braden Doherty walked and stole second, and Richardson followed with a base hit to right to bring home Johnson to push the Oilers’ lead to 6-4.

The game was then called moments later due to the two-hour time limit.

Brumley picked up the first of his two wins on the day, needing only four pitches to get the last out of the fifth.

Gabe Richard allowed two hits over 4 2/3 innings.

Richard, who recently signed with South Arkansas Community College, walked four and struck out seven.

The Oilers took the lead with a run in the first on an RBI single by Yarbrough that scored Eubanks, who had a two-out single and stole second base to get into scoring position.

After falling behind 4-1, the Oilers scored single runs in the third and fourth innings to draw closer.

In the third, Todd was hit by a pitch, stole second and scored on a two-out single by Johnson to make it 4-2.

The Oilers closed to within a run in the fourth on an RBI single by Brumley that scored Richardson, who singled with one out and stole second.

Johnson went 2-for-3 and drove in three runs for the Oilers.

Eubanks and Richardson were also 2-for-3 in the win with the latter adding an RBI.

McLelland and Brumley also had one hit for the Oilers.

The Oilers (7-0-1), winners of seven straight, host Arkansas Pulpwood 19U Tuesday at Schoolboy Rowe (Field 4) of the El Dorado/Union County Recreational Complex. First pitch is scheduled for 7:45 p.m.

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