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District 9 AAA (Minors) Tournament: West Robeson National 18, Elizabethtown 13

PEMBROKE – West Robeson National rallied from a 13-5 deficit to defeat Elizabethtown 18-13 Sunday in an elimination game in the Dixie Youth Baseball District 9 AAA (Minors) Tournament.

Elizabethtown jumped on top 4-0 as Hunter Elks led off the game with a ringing double to left-centerfield. Garrett Dunham slammed a double to drive in Elks, and Lee Barnes pounded a double. Hunter Smith drew a walk, before Parker Greene cleaned the bases with a 3-run double.

West Robeson bounced back with 5 runs in the home first and led 5-4 after 2 innings. Barnes beat out an infield hit in the Elizabethtown third, and Hunter Smith laced a single to leftfield. Greene hammered another double that scored Barnes.

Zachary Smith walloped a triple to rightfield that plated Hunter Smith and Greene. Britt Sasser smacked a single to rightfield that scored Zachary Smith. Cole Butler reached base on an infield hit, and Elks blasted a triple to left-centerfield that scored Sasser and Butler.

I’keir Murchison walked, and Dunham smashed a double to right-centerfield that scored Elks. Barnes’ fielder’s choice plated Murchison, and Dunham dashed home to cap the 9-run inning that vaulted Elizabethtown in front 13-5.

West Robeson scored 5 in the third and tied the game 13-13 with 3 more in the fourth. A 5-run fifth for West Robeson provided the winning margin.  “We played better today,” said Elizabethtown Coach Kevin Dunham. “We just had too many errors.”

Hunter Smith started on the mound for Elizabethtown and pitched into the third inning. Chase Knight relieved Smith in the third and finished out the game on the mound.

Greene batted a perfect 4-4 with 2 doubles, 4 runs batted in and a run scored. Elks finished 3-4 at the plate with 2 doubles, a triple, 2 rbi’s and 2 runs scored. Dunham batted 3-4 with 2 doubles, 2 rbi’s and 2 runs scored.

Sasser finished 2-4 at the plate with an rbi and a run scored. Barnes batted 2-4 with a double, 2 rbi’s and 2 runs scored. Zachary Smith slugged the 2-run triple and scored a run.

Butler, Knight, Jordan Hester and Hunter Smith added one hit each to Elizabethtown’s 18-hit attack. Hunter Smith scored 2 runs, and Murchison and Butler scored one run each.

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