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Members of the Elizabethtown All-Stars are: Hunter Elks, Jake Futrell, Carson Gooden, Lee Barnes, Parker Greene, Hunter Smith, Jacob Nixon, Britt Sasser, Torreon Graham, Kalec Autry, Elijah Cain, Darius Williamson. Coaches are Steve Smith, David Greene, Kendell Kelley.

ELIZABETHTOWN –Carson Gooden blasted a 3-run home run that lifted Elizabethtown to a 4-3 victory over West Robeson American Wednesday night in the District 9 Dixie Youth Baseball Majors Tournament.

West Robeson took a 2-1 lead into the fourth inning, but Hunter Elks and Jake Futrell drew walks, before Gooden launched a home run over the left-centerfield fence that put Elizabethtown ahead 4-2.

West Robeson scored a run Tuesday night on 3 walks and a hit batter in the first inning before rain stopped play. The visitors added a run in the second inning on two hits and a walk.

Elizabethtown sliced the margin to 2-1 in the third inning. Britt Sasser walked, and Jacob Nixon belted a single. Elijah Cain’s fielder’s choice retired Sasser, but Kalec Autry drilled a single to right-centerfield that scored Nixon.

West Robeson scored an unearned run in the fifth on a double and an error.

Elks worked the first 2.1 innings on the mound for the winners and struck out two batters, while allowing 2 runs on 2 hits. Gooden pitched the final 3.2 innings to pick up the win, striking out four and allowing an unearned run on 2 hits.

Gooden batted 2-2 with the 3-run homer. Nixon and Autry added one hit each. Elks, Futrell, Nixon and Gooden scored one run each. Autry drove in a run.

Elizabethtown, the last unbeaten team in the tournament, will play Thursday’s West Robeson American/Fairmont winner in Friday’s championship game.

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