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Drillers rally for walk-off win

by News-Times Staff | June 16, 2021 at 10:00 p.m.

Fresh off of winning the Winnsboro (La.) Wood Bat Classic, the El Dorado Drillers overcame a 6-1 deficit to stun Arkansas Pulpwood 7-6 Tuesday night at Schoolboy Rowe Field at the El Dorado/Union County Recreation Complex.

The Drillers scored a pair of two-out runs in the sixth before finishing off their comeback with a four-run seventh with Peyton Yarbrough’s first-pitch single scoring Holden Lowry with the winning run.

With one out, Ashton Yarbrough singled and Hunter Lawrence followed with a double down the right-field line to score Yarbrough to make it 6-4.

Sawyer Cropper then delivered an RBI double of his own to left-center to score Lawrence to pull the Drillers within a run, and the Drillers tied the game after Lowry singled to right-center on a 3-2 pitch to score Cropper.

After a single by Kolin Parker put runners at first and second, Peyton Yarbrough laced his aforementioned base hit to left-center on the first pitch he saw to score Lowry with the game-winning run.

The rally gave Cropper (1-0) the win after the right-hander threw 1 1/3 scoreless innings in relief. He walked one, struck one and didn’t allow any hits.

In the sixth, the Drillers took advantage of a miscue to start their comeback.

Cropper led off with a single and stole both second and third base.

With two outs, Yarbrough reached on a dropped third strike, putting runners at the corners.

John Robert Burson then laced a two-run double to right-center to make it 6-3.

Burson also drove in the Drillers’ first run with an RBI double in the second that scored Yarbrough, who had singled.

Yarbrough and Cropper each went 3-for-4 with an RBI and scored two runs for the Drillers with the latter adding a double amongst his three hits.

Burson was 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles and three RBIs, and Ashton Yarbrough finished 2-for-3 and scored a run.

Lawrence, Lowry, Parker and Xorian Robinson all had one hit for the Drillers.

The Drillers’ bullpen turned in a solid effort, surrendering only two runs over 5 2/3 innings.

Lawrence worked 3 2/3 innings, allowing two hits and one run. He walked four and struck out five.

Lowry allowed a run in 2/3 of an inning with two walks before Cropper closed the door the rest of the way.

Parker, the Drillers’ starter, pitched 1 1/3 innings and allowed four runs with three being earned.

Winners of four straight, the Drillers (4-3) host Lake Hamilton for a set of zone games in a doubleheader on Friday.

Game time is set for 6 p.m.

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