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District 9 Majors Tournament: Elizabethtown 5, West Robeson National 1

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong

ELIZABETHTOWN – Elizabethtown forced a second championship game in the District 9 Majors Tournament Tuesday night with a 5-1 victory over West Robeson National.

The two teams now have one loss each in the double-elimination tournament and will play again for the championship Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m.

An error and a single put West Robeson runners at second and third base with one out in the first. Elizabethtown third baseman Ty Mathis snagged a hot grounder and held the runner at third base before gunning out the batter at first. Pitcher Raymond Autry then worked out of the threat with a strike-out.

West Robeson National capitalized on 2 Elizabethtown errors in the third inning to take a 1-0 lead.

Elizabethtown tied the game 1-1 in the bottom of the third. Mahki Cromartie drew a lead-off walk but was forced at second by Coleman Tatum who advanced on a passed ball and a wild pitch. A throwing error on Tyler Hill’s bunt allowed Coleman Tatum to score the tying run.

Victor Campbell drew a walk to start the Elizabethtown fifth, and Evan Pait drilled a single to centerfield. Cromartie laid down a bunt single, and a wild throw on the play scored Hill who was pinch-running for Campbell and Pait.

Garrett Melvin smacked a single to rightfield that scored Cromartie. A throwing error on Ayden Piland’s bunt scored Melvin and stretched the lead to 5-1.

After giving up a lead-off walk in the sixth inning, Elizabethtown pitcher Freddy Wooten struck out the side to end the game. Wooten picked up the win with 3 hitless innings of relief and struck out six batters.

Autry pitched the first 3 innings and struck out four while giving up a hit and an unearned run.

Melvin, Pait, Cromartie and Piland had one hit each for the winners. Melvin and Cromartie drove in one run each, and Melvin, Hill, Coleman Tatum, Pait and Cromartie scored one run each.

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