WHITEVILLE –Claxton Tatum and Braylon Cromartie combined to pitch a 6-hit shutout Wednesday night as Elizabethtown won the District 2 Dixie Youth Baseball Minors Supplemental Tournament championship with an 8-0 victory over Columbus County.
Tatum pitched the first four innings, struck out six batters and allowed 4 hits. Cromartie worked the final 2 innings on the mound, striking out two and giving up 2 hits.
Finesse Shipman drew a lead-off walk in the Elizabethtown first inning, and Aiden Hargrove belted a single. Ryan Dove knocked in Shipman with a double. Jake Gooden slammed a double that scored Dove, and Joshua Dawson smacked a single that scored Gooden for a 3-0 lead.
Cromartie and Hunter Wood drew walks in the second inning, and Collin Cole cracked a single that scored Cromartie and pushed the lead to 4-0.
Hargrove was hit by a pitch, and Dove walked in the third inning, and both of them came around to score runs that increased the Elizabethtown lead to 6-0.
Ahmari White walked, and Tatum walloped a 2-run homer in the fourth inning that padded the lead to 8-0.
Dove batted 2-2 with a double, 2 runs scored and a run batted in for the winners. Hargrove finished 2-2 at the plate with a double and a run scored. Gooden batted 2-3 with a double, an rbi and a run scored.