ELIZBETHTOWN – Wyatt McMillan and Joseden Oxendine combined to pitch a 3-hitter and strike out 9 batters as West Robeson defeated Bladen County 5-0 Tuesday in an elimination game in the North Carolina Dixie Youth Baseball Division 1 Majors State Tournament on Carl Newkirk Field at Leinwand Park.
McMillan pitched the 1st 4 innings and gave up 3 hits and 2 walks while striking out seven. Oxendine walked 2 and struck out 2 in his 2 innings of relief.
Photos by Kenneth Armstrong
A pair of errors plated the 1st West Robeson run in the 1st inning. Kendon Hunt was hit by a pitch and scored on Jordan Locklear’s single to pad the lead to 2-0.
Hunt bounced a single up the middle in the West Robeson 4th and eventually scored on a passed ball for a 3-0 lead.
After Bladen shortstop Chase Bryan made a leaping catch of a line drive and doubled a runner off 1st base in the West Robeson 5th inning, Oxendine cracked a 2-out single and circled the bases on a trio of wild pitches to grow the lead to 4-0.
Jordan Locklear was hit by a pitch and raced home when Eli Freeman blooped a double over 2nd base in the 5th inning that pushed the lead to 5-0.
Ashton Davis, Greg Banks and Chase Bryan belted 1 hit each for Bladen County. Bryan laced a single to centerfield, and Davis ripped a single off the shortstop in the Bladen 4th inning. Both runners advanced on a wild pitch but were stranded in scoring position.
Banks hammered a single to the right-center field fence in the 2nd inning.
Davis pitched 4.2 innings and allowed 4 runs on 4 hits while striking out 8. Bryan worked 1.1 innings of relief and gave up a run on a hit while striking out two.
Freeman’s run-scoring double led the West Robeson hitters. Oxendine scored 2 runs, and Jordan Locklear drove in one.