A four-run sixth inning proved to be the undoing for the El Dorado Oilers Tuesday night, as Arkansas Pulpwood overcame a 6-4 deficit to top the Oilers 12-9, ending the Oilers’ seven-game winning streak.
The loss spoiled a big night at the plate for the Oilers, who had six players rack up multi-hit games, including three-hit games from Gabe Richard, Sawyer Cropper and Hunter Lawrence.
Trailing 4-3, the Oilers scored two runs in third and one in the fourth to take the lead.
Rhett Richardson drove in the go-ahead run with a single in the third, and Cropper padded the lead with an RBI single in the fourth, but the sixth-inning rally by the visitors put the Oilers down 8-6.
The Oilers cut the deficit to a run in the bottom of the sixth.
After Richardson walked and stole second with one out, Richard delivered a two-out, run-scoring single to make it 8-7, but the visitors scored four runs in the top of the seventh to extend the lead to 12-7.
The Oilers didn’t go down quietly, scoring twice in the bottom of the seventh.
Tyler Johnson doubled, stole third, and with two outs, Ashton Yarbrough drew a four-pitch walk and stole second.
Hunter Lawrence then delivered a two-run single to center to make the final margin.
Richard and Cropper each had perfect nights, finishing 3-for-3 at the plate.
Richard stole two bases and had two RBIs, while Cropper also had two RBIs.
Lawrence drove in three runs while going 3-for-4 with two stolen bases.
McLelland and Richardson were each 2-for-3 for the Oilers.
McLelland had a double, stole two bases and scored two runs, while Richardson stole three bases, scored twice and had an RBI.
Johnson went 2-for-4 with a double, a stolen base and an RBI.
John Robert Burson went 1-for-2 with a walk to round out the Oilers’ attack.
Johnson (0-1), the Oilers’ third pitcher of the game, took the loss. He allowed eight runs with only four being earned in two innings of work.
McLelland, the Oilers’ starter, allowed four runs with only two being earned in 2 1/3 innings. He allowed four hits, walked five and struck out three.
Cropper followed with 2 2/3 scoreless frames, allowing one hit with one walk.
The Oilers (7-1-1) will look to bounce back tonight when they host 3-2 Sports for a doubleheader tonight at Schoolboy Rowe Field 4 at the El Dorado/Union County Recreation Complex.
First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m