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WHITEVILLE –Elizabethtown swept a Waccamaw Middle School Conference baseball double-header from Whiteville Central Monday by scores of 6-2 and 7-1.

Coach Larry Williams’ Cougars improved to 9-0 on the season and clinched the Waccamaw’s AAA Division Championship by virtue of their 3-0 record against Central.

Coleman Tatum pitched a 4-hitter, struck out 9 and walked four to pick up the victory in the opening game.

Central grabbed a 2-0 first inning lead. The Cougars answered with a third inning run as Nathan Howell and Coleman Tatum drew walks, before Garrison Tatum smashed a single that scored Howell and closed the gap to 2-1.

Weston Hatcher started the Cougar fourth inning with a single and sprinted home when Hunter Elks clobbered a triple. Elks was retired at the plate, but Chase Knight belted a single, stole a base and raced home when Howell singled to edge the Cougars ahead 3-2.

Coleman Tatum lined a single to right-centerfield to begin the Cougar fourth inning. Garrison Tatum walloped a triple that scored Coleman Tatum. Hunter Smith walked, and Hatcher smacked a single that plated Coleman Tatum. Elks and Knight followed with singles that scored Smith.

Garrison Tatum batted 2-2 with a triple, a run batted in and a run scored to lead the Cougar hitters. Elks finished 2-3 at the plate with a triple and 2 rbi’s. Hatcher batted 2-3 with an rbi and a run scored. Knight finished 2-3 at the plate and scored a run. Coleman Tatum and Howell added run-scoring singles, and Coleman Tatum, Smith and Howell scored runs.

Evan Pait pitched a 6-hitter and struck out 8 batters to earn the victory in the Cougars 7-1 victory in the nightcap.

Central took a 1-0 first inning lead, but Pait walked, and Garrison Tatum and Smith cracked singles that plated Pait and tied the score 1-1.

Pait walked, stole a base and raced home on Coleman Tatum’s single in the third inning. Smith walked, and Elks drove in Coleman Tatum with a single for a 3-1 Elizabethtown lead.

Hatcher ignited a 4-run Cougar fifth inning rally with a single to centerfield. Elks and Knight drew walks, and Howell laced a single to right-centerfield that scored Hatcher and Elks. Natoren Corbett knocked in Knight and Howell with a single.

Howell batted 3-3 with 2 rbi’s and a run scored to lead the Cougar hitters in the second game. Elks finished 2-2 at the plate with a double and a run scored. Pait doubled and scored twice. Garrison Tatum, Coleman Tatum, Smith, Hatcher and Corbett added one hit each. Corbett drove in 2 runs, and Smith and Coleman Tatum had one rbi each. Coleman Tatum, Smith, Hatcher and Knight scored runs.

Elizabethtown will host Tar Heel Thursday.