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PEMBROKE – Elizabethtown advanced to the championship game of the District 9 Dixie Youth Baseball Coach-Pitch Tournament with an 11-1 victory Monday night over Lumberton National.
Elizabethtown will play unbeaten West Robeson American Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the tourney’s first championship game. An Elizabethtown victory would force a second game for the championship at 7:30 Tuesday night.
Easton Bostic, Jayce Hatcher and C. J. McCracken started the Elizabethtown first inning with back-to-back-to-back singles. Brady Marlowe and Tyler Eason drove in Bostic and Hatcher with fielder’s choices.
Elizabethtown padded their lead with 4 more runs in the second inning. Braylon Cromartie and Collin Cole began the inning with consecutive singles. Conner Hill cracked a 2-out single that scored Cromartie. Bostic slammed a double that scored Cole, and Hatcher ripped a single that drove in Hill and Bostic.
Marlowe led off the Elizabethtown third with a single but was retired on Eason’s fielder’s choice. Claxton Tatum and Inman Carson laced singles that brought home Eason. Tatum was forced out on Cromartie’s grounder, and Cole delivered a single that scored Carson.
The Elizabethtown lead grew to 10-1 in the fourth inning. Isaiah Robinson, Hill and Bostic smacked consecutive singles, and Hatcher knocked in Robinson with a single. McCracken ripped a single that plated Hill.
Eason connected for a single in the Elizabethtown sixth, before fielder’s choices by Tatum and Carson retired Eason and Tatum. Cromartie and Cole slapped singles that loaded the bases. Hunter Wood then ended the game on the mercy rule by driving in Carson with a single.
Bostic topped the 21-hit Elizabethtown attack by batting 3-3 with a double. Hatcher and Cole also finished with perfect 3-3 games at the plate. Hill was also perfect at the plate with a 2-2 game. McCracken and Cromartie both batted 2-3, and Marlowe, Eason, Tatum, Carson, Wood and Robinson added one hit each for the winners.