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RED SPRINGS – Elizabethtown rolled to an 18-2 victory over Red Springs Friday night in the opening round of the District 9 Dixie Youth Baseball AAA (Minors) Tournament.

Elizabethtown advances to a winner’s bracket game Saturday at 2 p.m. against West Robeson American – a 10-5 victory over Fairmont.

Davion Lewis and Cole Butler slugged solo home runs to ignite Elizabethtown’s 6-run first inning. Garrett Dunham slammed a double, and Jordan Hester and Natoren Corbett drew walks. Darrius Williamson reached base on an error that scored Melvin and Hester. Kalec Autry knocked in Corbett and Williamson with a double.

Colton Daly walked in the Elizabethtown second inning and raced home on Lewis’ single for a 7-0 lead.

Red Springs answered with 2 runs in the second, but a 4-run Elizabethtown third inning pushed the lead to 11-2. Hester, Williamson and Autry drew walks to begin the inning, and Conner Padrick smacked a single that scored Hester and Williamson. Lewis and Butler both reached base on errors that scored Autry and Padrick.

Hester, Corbett, Williamson, Conner Padrick, and Zach Sholar drew walks that forced home Hester and Corbett as the Elizabethtown fourth began. Butler reached base on an error that scored Williamson and Padrick, and Dunham belted a single that scored Sholar and Butler. Dunham later scored the final Elizabethtown run.

Winning pitcher Sholar pitched the first 3.1 innings and allowed 2 runs on 2 hits, 4 walks and 2 hit batters while striking out three. Cogdell relieved and worked the final scoreless 0.2 innings with one strike-out and one walk.

Lewis batted 2-4 with a home run to lead the Elizabethtown hitters. Melvin finished 2-4 at the plate with a double. Butler walloped a home run, and Autry smashed a double. Conner Padrick added a single.