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Dixie Youth Baseball

Dixie Youth BaseballPEMBROKE – West Robeson American rallied from an 8-3 deficit to defeat Elizabethtown 14-8 Sunday night in the District 9 Dixie Youth Baseball Coach-Pitch Tournament at the Pembroke Recreation Complex.

After West Robeson scored a first-inning run, Elizabethtown rallied with 6 runs in the bottom of the first. Easton Bostic and Jayce Hatcher started the inning with singles. C. J. McCracken belted a single that loaded the bases.

Brady Marlowe ripped a single that scored Bostic and Hatcher, but Marlowe was retired on Tyler Eason’s fielder’s choice. Claxton Tatum rapped a single that scored McCracken, and Inman Carson ripped a single that plated Eason.

Braylon Cromartie smacked a single that scored Tatum, and Collin Cole connected for a single that scored Carson.

West Robeson closed the gap to 6-3 in the top of the second, but Elizabethtown answered with two in the home second. Conner Hill led off with a single but was retired on Easton Bostic’s fielder’s choice. Hatcher’s fielder’s choice forced out Bostic.

McCracken walloped a double, and Marlowe knocked in Hatcher and McCracken with a single that pushed the Elizabethtown lead to 8-3.

Elizabethtown was held scoreless as West Robeson American closed to with 8-6 after 3 innings and 8-7 after four. West Robeson took the lead with 4 runs in the fifth and tacked on a trio of insurance runs in the sixth.

McCracken batted 2-3 with a double to lead the Elizabethtown hitters. Hatcher, Tatum, Marlowe, Inman and Cromartie all batted 2-3. Bostic, Eason, Cole, Hunter Wood, Isaiah Robinson and Hill all contributed one hit each to the 18-hit Elizabethtown attack.

Elizabethtown will play Lumberton National at 6:30 Monday night in a semi-final game.