After a difficult start, the El Dorado Drillers are on the move.
The Drillers extended their winning streak to six straight Friday night by sweeping a zone double header off Lake Hamilton 5-4 and 9-0 at Schoolboy Rowe Field at El Dorado / Union County Recreation Complex.
The win follows the Drillers’ win at the Wood Bat Classic in Winnsboro, La. Last weekend, combined with Tuesday’s 7-6 win over Arkansas Pulpwood, in which the Drillers recovered from a 6-1 deficit.
In Friday’s sweep of the Wolves, the Drillers sweated out a late rally opener before breaking out eight runs in the second inning for the nightcap.
Solid pitching helped pave the way for the sweep.
John Robert Burson made more than six innings in the opening game before giving way to Hunter Lawrence, who picked up his second save.
Cayson Martin and Xorian Robinson were working on a shutout with four hits in the nightcap.
In the beginning, the Drillers took the lead 3-0 and scored one in the second run and two more in the third.
Burson helped himself in the second by leading out of the frame with a double on the center left. He then finished third on Holden Lowry’s fly-out in the middle before hitting Yarbrough on a sacrificial flight by Peyton.
In the third, the Drillers did their damage with two outs.
Trey Murphy hit the center left, stealing second place and AJ Alsobrook followed with a run-scoring single to make it 2-0.
Alsobrook then stole both the second and third before hitting left in the center with a Sawyer Cropper single.
Allowing six hits and four runs, two of which were earned, Burson kept the Wolves in check until he allowed individual runs in the fourth and fifth innings, but the Drillers responded with two runs in the sixth.
Murphy started the rally with a double on the left field line and Alsobrook followed with his second RBI single of the game to give the Drillers a 4-2 lead.
As in the third case, Alsobrook stole both second and third base before crossing the plate with a single from Cropper to take the lead to 5-2.
The Wolves scored two goals in the seventh, but Lawrence, who went one and hit two, closed the door.
Burson (1-0) went six and hit three.
Murphy, Cropper and Alsobrook each had two hits for the Drillers.
Cropper and Alsobrook each had two RBIs, with the latter also stealing four bases and scoring two runs.
Yarbrough, Burson, Martin and Robinson all had one goal to win.
In the second game, the Drillers scored all of their points in the first two innings.
The Drillers produced a run in the opening inning in which Cropper drew a walk and stole second place before scoring with a base hit to the right of Lawrence.
Then came the early knockout punch where the Drillers scored eight runs before making an out.
Yarbrough was hit by a pitch and stole second base, and Robinson laced an RBI triple on the right field line.
The drills loaded the bases on a walk to Lowry and Kolin Parker was unlucky.
JT Ingram and Martin each collected RBIs with back-to-back walks to extend the lead to 4-0.
Murphy then resumed his big night by hitting the first pitch on the left field line to make a two-run double to 6-0.
A stroll over to Jax Todd reloaded the bases and Alsobrook delivered his third double-headed single to score a pair of runs to increase the lead to 8-0.
Cropper then topped the scoring with an RBI single to the left.
By a large margin, Martin (2-0) limited the Wolves to three hits in four goalless innings. He went three and struck eight.
Robinson had a strikeout in his only goalless inning.
Murphy and Alsobrook each had their second two-hit games in a row, and both had two RBIs.
Robinson also had two hits and an RBI in the contest, while Martin, Cropper and Lawrence each had a hit and an RBI.
The Drillers (6-3, 3-0) will be back in action on Monday when they pick up Ashley County for a one-two punch.
The playing time is set at 6:30 p.m.