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DYB District 2 AAA (Minors) Tournament: Bladen County 3, Riegelwood 2

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RIEGELWOOD – Keithan Russ hammered a double to left-center field and scored the go-ahead run in the 3rd inning as Bladen County edged Riegelwood 3-2 Wednesday night to advance to the championship game of the Dixie Youth Baseball District 2 AAA (Minors) Tournament. Russ advanced on Tyler Thurman’s fielder’s choice and scored on Oxiel Campos’ fielder’s choice.

Bladen County advances to the District 2 AAA championship game Thursday at 7 p.m. against undefeated Whiteville National.

Thurman drew a 1-out walk in the Bladen County 1st inning and dashed around the bases to score when Joseph Burney ripped a single down the left field line. Triton Bordeaux smashed a single to center field in the 2nd inning, and after Bryson Allen and Braydon Johnson drew walks, Bordeaux scored to put Bladen up 2-0.

Two walks and 2 errors produced a pair of runs that pulled Riegelwood even 2-2 in the top of the third.

Burney started on the mound for Bladen and pitched 2.2 innings allowing 2 unearned runs on 3 walks and a hit batter while striking out two. Thurman relieved and pitched 1.2 scoreless innings walking 1 and striking out two to pick up the win. Will Allen closed out the win with 1.2 scoreless innings of relief allowing a hit and striking out two.

Russ slammed the double and scored a run to lead the Bladen hitters. Burney and Bordeaux cracked singles. Burney and Campos drove in runs, and Bordeaux, Russ and Thurman scored runs.

Riegelwood        002 000-2
Bladen County  111 00x -3

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